Idaho coach Paul Petrino doesn’t usually tip his hand when it comes to personnel or schemes. But without prompting this week, he laid out the key components of the Vandals’ game plan against Wyoming:
“I think we’ve got to run the ball against them and we’ve got to stop their quarterback,” he said. “That’s not a big secret.”
The Cowboys’ quarterback, junior Brett Smith, passed for 383 yards and ran for 92 more last week at Nebraska. And last year, Smith torched Idaho for five touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime at the Kibbie Dome.
After the UI secondary was repeatedly out of position last week at North Texas, Petrino put the onus on the front seven to make Smith uncomfortable. The Vandals will also need to get more from their stable of running backs, led by Jerrel Brown and Richard Montgomery.
Idaho tailbacks combined for just 16 carries in the season opener – the same as QB Chad Chalich, who was often chased from the pocket. Wyoming gave up 375 yards rushing to Nebraska in its opener.