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Look back at Idaho’s loss

Four losses in five games to finish the season definitely leaves a bad taste. That was the universal reaction by the Vandals after their 52-49 loss to Utah State yesterday. But there was plenty more that deserves some attention.

We’ve got lots of links, postgame comments and thoughts about the Vandals’ bowl future below the link. 

Vandals succumb to Utah State

While watching the Idaho men’s basketball team pour it on versus Eastern Washington (it’s 59-31 as I write this), I thought I would post my game story of Idaho’s 52-49 loss to Utah State. Crazy football game to end UI’s regular season. Read on for more.

Vandals down 31-21 at half

The Vandals once again got off to a bumbling start this afternoon, falling behind 31-7 to Utah State before rallying to make it 31-21 at the half. Max Komar has caught two touchdown scores to help the Vandals stabilize after USU sliced through the UI defense in the first 18 minutes.

We’ll be back with reaction later before covering the UI-Eastern basketball game. You can follow my updates all day on Twitter here.

Last game day in Moscow

The Vandals wrap up the regular season this afternoon at 2 against Utah State, and there’s plenty riding on the result for Idaho. Click below for my preview.

Seniors end career at Idaho

For the Idaho football team, Saturday’s game with Utah State is full of implications. And for the Idaho seniors, it means even more. Click below for my story on the seniors.

Vandals suffocate Sac State

The Idaho men’s basketball team put together a steady performance last night in a 75-61 beatdown of Sacramento State. Four players scored in double figures, led by Luiz Toledo (15 points of 4-of-5 shooting). Turnovers again were a trouble spot — UI had 13 — and Don Verlin was particularly unhappy with the second-half offensive performance.

This was the Vandals’ second straight win after losing to Texas Southern. They now stand at 3-1 heading into Saturday’s home game with Eastern Washington at 7:05. The game will start just after the football team concludes its season vs. Utah State.

Idaho’s Iupati finalist for Outland

Idaho offensive lineman Mike Iupati is attracting a lot of notice these days, and not just in Idaho or the Northwest. The senior left guard has been named as one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s top interior lineman. The other finalists are Nebraska star Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma State lineman Russell Okung.

“It was kind of shocking to me but I look at it as hard work,” Iupati said today after practice. “And it’s definitely been a blessing to me.”

Interestingly, Robb Akey has coached another Outland Trophy winner — Rien Long at Washington State in 2002. Long was a defensive lineman while Akey was WSU’s defensive coordinator.

Akey expects Enderle to play

A week off after 11 straight games seems to paying dividends for the Idaho football team. Starting quarterback Nathan Enderle (shoulder) is expected to play Saturday against Utah State, coach Robb Akey said this morning. The junior missed the last two games — both losses — before the bye week.

Read on for more comments from Akey.

Spear: No ADs have asked about Akey

Things are pretty quiet with Idaho football these days because of the bye week, but I wanted to pass along this note. I asked UI athletic director Rob Spear yesterday if any schools had called seeking permission to talk to coach Robb Akey (UNLV is rumored to be interested) and he said, “I have not been contacted.” He went on to say, “I think it isn’t something we should be caught off guard by. ”

Spear also said this about Idaho’s bowl hopes entering its regular season finale next week against Utah State: “I feel very good about our chances. Obviously we need to go 8-4 to solidify it.”

Recruiting heats up for Idaho football

We’ve got a bye-week sort of story for you below, focusing on Idaho’s recruiting exploits in the Northwest. The Vandals have eight known commits right now, five from around the Northwest — Moscow, Lewiston, Asotin and Wenatchee.

Roundup of Vandal/WAC news

After a nice win for the Idaho men’s basketball team Friday over Utah, it was a rough weekend all around. First the loss to Boise State and then Sunday, UI hoops fell at Texas Southern. Below you’ll find a quick roundup of Idaho- and WAC-related news.

Postmortem on Idaho-BSU

It was another lopsided Boise State-Idaho rivalry game yesterday. But there was still plenty of reaction from around the state. Keep reading for morning links.

BSU obliterates error-prone Idaho

Brian Reader threw for over 300 yards. DeMaundray Woolridge gobbled up 145 yards on the ground. Daniel Hardy had 119 yards receiving. Idaho had to fare pretty well vs. Boise State with all those things happening, right? Uh, no — not with most of the positive plays wiped out by seven turnovers in a humbling 63-25 loss.

Read on for more.

Idaho, Boise State square off

Since Idaho began piling up wins in September and through October, the question started popping up: Is this the year the Vandals can perhaps topple Boise State? Well, we finally to get find out this afternoon. Kickoff at Bronco Stadium is at 12:30. 

Click below for links, thoughts, keys to the game and even a weather forecast.

QB Reader a nice find for Idaho

This week’s WAC notebook centers on Idaho backup quarterback Brian Reader, who’s been thrust into action with Nate Enderle’s shoulder injury. It’s still up in the air on who will start Saturday at Boise State, but most of the signs are pointing at Reader right now. We’ll keep you posted. For now, you can read about Reader’s background below.

UI practice report, Q&A with Criner

You’ll find a few tidbits from this afternoon’s Vandal football practice and some interesting comments from QB Brian Reader and defensive coordinator Mark Criner below. Check it out and feel free to comment away.

UI hoops welcomes 8 newcomers

College basketball officially tipped off tonight, so it seems a perfect time to post our Idaho men’s basketball season preview. The Vandals don’t open till Friday at Utah, but we’ve got our story, schedule and roster below — all of which will appear in tomorrow’s S-R.

Akey: I’m supposed to pay homage to BSU

It’s only Monday and already Idaho coach Robb Akey is making waves for comments regarding Saturday’s clash with Boise State. Read on to find out what he said. We also have an update on QB Nate Enderle.

Manic rally comes up short for Idaho

The way things were heading through three quarters tonight, it looked as if Idaho would go quietly for once. But no, the Vandals made things oh-so interesting in the fourth quarter before falling 31-21 to Fresno State. Read on more in my game story.

Enderle appears to be out

We’re in the press box a few minutes before Idaho’s clash with Fresno State, and all indications are that quarterback Nathan Enderle (bruised rotator cuff) won’t play. As first reported here, the junior has taken very few reps throughout the week and was warming up tonight by throwing with his left hand, his non-throwing hand. The starting nod looks like it will go to Brian Reader, a junior college transfer who will be making first FBS start of his career.