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Early look at Idaho-CSU matchup

On the first weekend of October last year, Idaho rallied past Colorado State in a 31-29 thriller. Since then, the Rams have yet to bag a victory — they’ve lost 12 straight overall. The Vandals, of course, have taken a much different course.

The two programs meet again Saturday at Fort Collins, Colo, in what is, remarkably, the Rams’ first true home game of the season. We’ve got comments from UI’s Robb Akey and CSU’s Steve Fairchild below, as well as a few notes.

Two Vandals honored by WAC

Coming off a 30-7 rout of UNLV, the University of Idaho picked up two individual WAC honors on Monday. Defensive end Aaron Lavarias was named the top defensive player in the league and place-kicker Trey Farquhar was named special teams player of the week. Colin Kaepernick of Nevada won the offensive player of the week award.

Meanwhile, Vandals coach Robb Akey said he expects to have defensive tackle Jonah Sataraka and guard Tevita Halaholo back this week at Colorado State (1 p.m. Saturday). Sataraka missed the UNLV game due to illness.

Akey, a native of Colorado Springs, will have about 40 family and friends at the game in Fort Collins. We’ll have more comments from the coach later.

Vandals flummox UNLV

Perhaps the Idaho football team should have known it was going to be a good night after watching Nebraska rip apart Washington on the road. Sure, the Vandals got beat 38-17 at Nebraska last week — but as UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said after tonight’s game, they held up much better in Lincoln than the Huskies did in Seattle.

Much later in the day, the Vandals silenced the Rebels’ offense on their way to a 30-7 win with 15,390 watching at the Kibbie Dome. Check out below to read our game story.

Half: Idaho 24, UNLV 0

Almost everything went right for the Idaho football team, which waltzed to a 24-0 lead at halftime over UNLV at a packed Kibbie Dome. The Vandals’ defense has forced four punts and smothered UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton while the UI offense has yet to punt. Deonte Jackson has two 1-yard touchdowns, and QB Nate Enderle found Daniel Hardy for a 17-yard TD to keep things rolling for Idaho. 

The only negative was a poorly thrown interception in the end zone for Enderle, a play after a touchdown pass to Armauni Johnson was negated by a chop block on Jackson.

For in-game updates, check my Twitter page.

Vandals get rare home game

If you’re a Vandal football fan who enjoys Saturdays in the Kibbie Dome, soak up all you can today (and I mean more than the rain that pelted Moscow all night). It’s going to be a while before Idaho plays another home game after tonight’s nonconference tilt with UNLV — Oct. 23 to be exact. 

Read below for links and more on the UNLV game (7:30 p.m., ESPNU).

Vandals’ Elmo charged with DUI

Idaho redshirt freshman tight end Taylor Elmo, 20, was arrested and charged with drinking under the influence on Aug. 27 in Moscow, the week preceding the Vandals’ football opener against North Dakota. Details of Elmo’s incident were reported today in the Lewiston Tribune. “It has been dealt with internally, and I am disappointed that it happened,” coach Robb Akey told the Tribune.

Elmo did not play against North Dakota. He made his first collegiate catch at Nebraska.

Vandals want more from wideouts

What has the Idaho football team learned about itself after two weeks? Hard to say. The Vandals are 1-1 after thrashing North Dakota and faltering at Nebraska. The first opponent was vastly inferior to UI; the second was a top-10 team. But Saturday night vs. UNLV, aside from being the last home game in more than a month, should be telling.

We’ve got more after the link, including an early look at our story for tomorrow’s paper.

Akey on NU loss, UNLV this weekend

Robb Akey addressed the media on two occasions today, and we’ve got lots of thoughts from him below the link. As we highlighted earlier, slot receiver Marcel Posey is out for the year with a torn ACL. The loss of Posey and injuries to Preston Davis and Justin Veltung will test the Vandals’ depth at receiver.

Read on for more.

Akey: Wideout Marcel Posey out for year

Idaho football coach Robb Akey confirmed that backup wide receiver and kick returner Marcel Posey will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. He sustained the knee injury during Saturday’s 38-17 loss at Nebraska. Akey hopes to have injured starting guard Tevita Halaholo and receivers Preston Davis and Justin Veltung back against UNLV. Halaholo missed the second half of the NU game.

The Vandals and Rebels play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Check back later for more.

Final: Nebraska 38, Idaho 17

It wasn’t too hard to figure out why Idaho stumbled at No. 7 Nebraska, 38-17. Six turnovers (five on Nate Enderle interceptions). Seven sacks. Way too many third-and-longs for the offense. Two back-to-back long TD runs given up by the defense.

Still, after a nightmarish second quarter, the Vandals were much sharper. We’ve got lots more below the link (and on Twitter).

Enderle ready for return to Lincoln

It will be a new experience for most of the Idaho football team when it heads into Nebraska’s stadium tomorrow. But not so for Nate Enderle. We’ve got an early look at our preview of tomorrow’s Vandal-Cornhusker matchup below the link.

BCS games equal big money for UI

UPDATED: 9:40 p.m.

As I hinted at yesterday, we’ve got a story on the Idaho football scheduling philosophy and what it means financially to play the likes of Nebraska. We also hit on a possible renewal of the series with Washington State. Read on.

You may have seen the poll we have up on SportsLink about the injury risk playing big-name teams like Nebraska. Well, we’ve got comments from Robb Akey and safety Shiloh Keo on how depth and injuries factor into these sort of games.


Idaho getting $800K from Nebraska

Later this week I’ll have a story on the financial ramifications of Idaho football’s scheduling. For now, though, here are a few details: The payout for Saturday’s Nebraska game, $800,000, is the largest the Vandals have ever received, according to athletic director Rob Spear. But the high mark won’t last long. Next year, UI is getting $850,000 to play at Texas A&M. And in 2012, LSU is paying the Vandals $950,000 to come to Baton Rouge.

The previous high for a payout was $600,000 for the USC game in 2007 and Arizona in 2008, Spear said.

Vandals’ task: Contain NU’s Martinez

From North Dakota, in just its third year removed from the Division II ranks, to playing at Nebraska. Talk about a massive step up in competition for Idaho from last Thursday to Saturday, when it will be at Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium to square off with the Cornhuskers.

We’ve got some thoughts on the matchup (the Vandals are 28.5-point underdogs), and some comments from NU coach Bo Pelini and Robb Akey.

Vandals waltz past UND

Robb Akey wasn’t entirely happy, and neither were Idaho players who spoke to the media after the Vandals’ 45-0 rout of North Dakota. But they couldn’t complain too much — not after collecting the program’s first shutout since 1997.

We’ve got our unedited game story below, plus an injury update and notes.

Half: Idaho 17, N. Dakota 0

It was far from a crisp first half for the Idaho football team. Nonetheless, the Vandals are up 17-0 over North Dakota, an FCS team from the Great West Conference. Idaho’s spirited defense forced two turnovers, the first a JoJo Dickson interception that was almost returned for a TD. Instead, Princeton McCarty punched in a 5-yard run.

Quarterback Nathan Enderle started 5 for 5 and ended the half 17-fof-27 passing for 218 yards and one TD. He also threw an interception on a downfield heave 22 seconds left before halftime. Enderle’s TD was a 44-yard strike to Justin Veltung down the sideline.

UI was penalized six times — three of which were procedure penalties by wideouts Eric Greenwood and Preston Davis — and gave up four sacks.

First kickoff approaches for Idaho

Less than 24 hours now until the Idaho Vandals launch the 2010 season against FCS foe North Dakota. We’ve got lots for you after the link, including a preview of Thursday night’s game (6 p.m., Atlitude TV) and extra notes.

Vandals to play BYU … but not at home

Brigham Young, which is going independent in football and joining the West Coast Conference in other sports, will play Idaho next year as part of an agreement with the WAC. But unlike BYU’s other WAC opponents in 2011 and 2012, the Vandals won’t reap a home game as part of the arrangement. However, the Cougars and UI will play a home-and-home series in men’s basketball starting in 2011-12.

We’ve got more after the link, including a statement from Idaho athletic director Rob Spear.

Akey: Vandals as healthy as ever

Robb Akey addressed the media this morning, and we’ve got notes on injuries, redshirts and more below. The Vandals open the season Thursday against North Dakota in the Kibbie Dome.

Vandal linebackers mesh well

Our Idaho football season preview will run in the paper tomorrow, highlighted by a lengthy profile piece of the Vandals’ new-look linebacker corps — JoJo Dickson in the middle and Robert Siavii and Homer Mauga on the outside.

Read on for the feature and Idaho’s depth chart as it stands now.