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For some time now, it’s felt like college football season was over in Moscow. The Vandals have been in some other part of the country or on a bye since Sept. 18. But now they’re back — and fittingly it’s homecoming weekend.
We’ve got more about Idaho’s conference tilt with New Mexico State, set for 2 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome, after the link.
Seven weeks in, seven weeks to go. The Idaho football team is at its midseason point, so this is a good time to stop and access the Vandals’ season so far and look ahead through Dec. 4. But first, here’s a link to our story for today’s paper on the UI defense.
Read on for more.
Suspended Idaho wide receiver Maurice Shaw was in pads this afternoon and practiced with the Vandals. He missed last week’s game at Louisiana Tech and his status for Saturday’s Homecoming game with New Mexico State is still in question.
We’ve got more Vandal football notes below.
Idaho senior starting cornerback Isaac Butts did not travel to Louisiana Tech last week and will not play the rest of the season, coach Robb Akey said this morning. Akey declined to give details on Butts’ departure. “That’s between me, him and this football team, but he won’t be playing this season,” Akey said.
Keep reading for more from Akey’s Monday morning media sessions.
That opportunistc, big-play Idaho defense? Today in Ruston, La., it showed only a faint resemblance to the UI defense of previous weeks. And the result was a 48-35 beatdown from Louisiana Tech.
We’ve got all the details below.
Last season’s matchup between Idaho and Louisiana Tech was a Hallloween thriller that went down to the last second. The Vandals prevailed to become bowl-eligibile. But they also didn’t win another WAC game after that.
Keep reading for more about UI’s WAC opener this year.
During the Vandals’ bye week, I sat down with senior running back Deonte Jackson, who’s career has gone from freshman stud to injured backup to, now, a key part of Idaho’s running game.
You can read my lengthy profile of Jackson here and also check out below for more that didn’t make it into the story.
UPDATED: 6:50 p.m.
Maurice Shaw, a senior wide receiver for the Idaho Vandals, was arrested early Saturday morning for driving under the influence on the Washington State campus. Read on for comments from coach Robb Akey on Shaw’s arrest.
The Vandals, off today during their one bye week of the season, had two lively practices Thursday and Friday before taking today off. We’ve got an update below on tailback Princeton McCarty — he’s expected to play next week with a broken finger — and more.
More than a month away from a showdown with Boise State at the Kibbie Dome, the University of Idaho announced today that the game is sold out. The Vandals (3-2) will play fourth-ranked BSU on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. The Friday night game will air on ESPN2.
We’ve got more notes about the Vandals below, including comments from coach Robb Akey.
The Idaho defense bottled up Western Michigan’s passing attack and Nate Enderle completed 30 passes to 10 different receivers as the Vandals pulled away from Western Michigan for a 33-13 win.
We’ve our game story below — plus a few notes.
The Idaho football team played well at times during the first half against Western Michigan — very well, in fact, after a perfectly executed fake punt that Shiloh Keo ran for big yardage. On the next play, Nate Enderle lofted a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kama Bailey, the first of two TD passes for Enderle. The Vandals led 17-3 before Enderle was sacked and fumbled inside Idaho’s own 20. That set up Western Michigan’s only touchdown of the half.
Idaho held WMU’s passing attack — ranked fourth in the nation — to 33 yards in the first half. Alex Carder was 5 of 16 with a TD and interception.
You can follow in-game updates from my Twitter account.
The second leg of the Idaho football team’s three-game road trip that encompasses four weeks starts in just a few hours. The Vandals will take on Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference (11 a.m., SWX), and we’ve got a preview here and much more below.
Vandals offensive coordinator Steve Axman would much rather talk about Idaho’s offense than this health. But he did oblige when we asked about his time away from the program this spring when battling cancer in his jaw. You can read our story here. And check below for more from Axman.
Idaho football coach Robb Akey met with the media twice this morning, and he was clearly frustrated. “We were supposed to win that ballgame,” he said, referring to the Vandals’ 36-34 loss to Colorado State on a last-second field goal.
Read on for notes and comments from Akey’s media sessions.
Idaho blew two double-digit leads and fell to Colorado State 36-34 after the Rams hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired. We’ve got our story for tomorrow’s paper here.
Idaho dominanated much of the first half, but a disastrous last few minutes of the second quarter led to a 14-13 deficit at halftime at Colorado State. The Vandals led 13-0 after a Trey Farquhar field goal with 4:32 left in the half. The Rams, 0-3, were helped by an Isaac Butts’ pass interference call — his second of the game — and drove down for a touchdown from Raymond Carter with :39 seconds left. Two plays later, Nate Enderle fumbled and CSU responded with another Carter touchdown to take the lead.
The Vandals have had the ball 7 more minutes than the Rams and outgained CSU 261-142. Still, they trail again on the road because of costly mistakes and an inefficient offense. They’ve settled for two field goals and couldn’t convert a 4th-and-1 on their first possession.
Check for in-game updates on my Twitter feed here.
The Idaho football team has done well against Mountain West teams in the past year-plus — three straight wins — and it’s looking for another victory tomorrow at Colorado State. You can check out our preview of the game after the link.
In tomorrow’s paper, we take a look at the resurgence of the Vandals’ defense. You can read the story here. Idaho, 2-1, and Colorado State, 0-3, square off Saturday at 1 p.m. PST. We’ll have more about the matchup as the week progresses.
The Idaho football team appears healthier than it was last week at this time, but there are still a few injuries to mention — including a couple that popped up today during practice. Click below for details.