Being held to a net 16 yards of offense in the first half and finding itself trailing 24-0 should have left Idaho demoralized against Sacramento State.
Idaho has two games remaining to validate a season that has come up short on expectations.
While the clock is ticking down for Idaho seniors, who have two games remaining, sophomore defensive tackle Nate DeGraw is enjoying late-season success that can be the foundation for his next two seasons with the Vandals.
Senior quarterback Dalton Sneed came off the bench and threw for 241 yards and a touchdown to push the Montana Grizzlies past the Idaho Vandals 42-17 Saturday. Sophomore Marcus Knight added three short touchdown runs as Montana (8-2, 5-1 Big Sky) again rallied.
Losses in winnable games against Northern Colorado and Portland State have left the Vandals without a cushion if they have any hope of making the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Petrino this week said Idaho’s game against the Grizzlies in Missoula will be won by the team that can dominate on the offensive and defensive lines.
Idaho coach Paul Petrino said the key to stopping the Mustangs option was winning one-on-one battles. The Vandals did that, holding Cal Poly to just 242 yards, 145 on the ground and 97 passing.
When Idaho early this season began a second year of uncertainty over who would be its quarterback, coach Paul Petrino pounded on a theme that in the Big Sky Conference it is often necessary to have more than one.
The Idaho Vandals got out to a 24-0 lead and withstood an Idaho State comeback to secure a 45-21 homecoming win, stop a three-game losing streak, and get their first Big Sky Conference victory.
Wins over Northern Iowa, Portland State and North Dakota suggest the Bengals (3-3, 2-1 Big Sky) can deliver a top-end performance in any game.
Fifty years from now, Logan Kendall may tell his grandchildren about the touchdown he scored against Penn State. But he is under no illusion about his primary role with the Idaho Vandals.
Davis Alexander threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Portland State scored all of the game’s points after halftime in a 24-0 victory over Idaho on Saturday.