MOSCOW, Idaho – The backdrop was perfect for Idaho to announce its football renaissance, and the Vandals responded in grand fashion.
Playing in front of 16,000 fans packed in like sardines at the Kibbie Dome – and a nationally televised audience – Idaho staged a momentous rally to eke out a 31-29 victory over Colorado State on Saturday night.
The Vandals (4-1) climbed out of holes of 14-0 and 20-7 by unleashing an all-out aerial assault. Quarterback Nathan Enderle threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Eric Greenwood on streaks down the sideline.
It was a striking reversal of fortunes for Enderle and the Vandals after a back-breaking interception on Idaho’s first possession that helped the Rams (3-2) vault to a two-TD lead.
The shootout came to a riveting conclusion after the Rams easily drove the field in the waning minutes, scoring on a 39-yard TD with 1:40 left to draw within two points. John Mosure’s direct-snap run on the conversion attempt came up just short, and the Vandal defense stormed to the sideline in exultation.
After Idaho failed to drain the clock, CSU had one more chance. But safety Shiloh Keo picked off Grant Stucker with 1:04 left to seal the win.
Idaho improved on its best start since 1994.