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Fresno holds off Vandals

FRESNO, Calif. – Better. Close. But still not a win over a Football Bowl Subdivision team for University of Idaho football coach Robb Akey.

The Idaho Vandals put a little scare into the Fresno State Bulldogs before succumbing 45-32 in a Western Athletic Conference game Saturday.

After the Bulldogs (4-2) moved ahead 42-17 in the early minutes of the final quarter, Idaho (1-6) scored two touchdowns to pull within 42-32 with 7:48 remaining.

Fresno State needed a 46-yard Kevin Goessling field goal to squelch Idaho’s comeback hopes with 4:57 to go.

The Vandals hung with the Bulldogs in the first half and then watched Fresno State build a comfortable margin through three quarters before Idaho mounted a comeback.

In the first half, a 17-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Enderle to true freshman Preston Davis pulled Idaho within 14-10 with 1:48 to go before halftime.

Fresno State drove the field, though, scoring a touchdown 22 seconds before halftime when Tom Brandstater hit Seyl Ajirotutu on a 15-yard pass to put the Bulldogs up 21-10.

Still, Idaho was competitive for a half.

Idaho opened a 3-0 lead when Tino Amancio connected on a 29-yard field goal.

Fresno State took the lead 7-3 when Brandstater dove 1 yard with 4:19 to go in the first quarter.

Enderle completed 22 of 39 passes for 237 yards and three TDs. He didn’t have an interception.

Vandals running back Deonte Jackson added 93 yards on 18 carries.