MOSCOW, Idaho – Score this one for the defense.
“There were a lot of bright spots for our defense today,” coach Robb Akey said after the University of Idaho’s second football scrimmage of the spring. “I like the way the defense came to the party today. It was a good thing.”
The offense finished with seven touchdowns and three field goals, but it wasn’t until the waning of Saturday’s session at the Kibbie Dome that the No. 1 offense made it to the end zone against the No. 1 defense.
“I credit it more with what the defense was doing than a lack of what the offense was doing,” Akey said. “They took the momentum with them and that’s what you want.”
There were seven incomplete passes between the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses before third-string quarterback Logan Bushnell found his rhythm. Backup Brian Reader worked out the kinks as well, but it took until the latter stages of the scrimmage before Nathan Enderle, behind a developing line, started connecting with his receivers.
Akey credited the experience of the defensive unit, which lost only one starter to graduation, with the ability to control the scrimmage – the second of three before the April 23 Silver and Gold game.
There were 10 tackles for loss – of which six were sacks. Five pass breakups were recorded along with a Gary Walker interception and three quarterback hurries. Conrad Scheidt was the tackle leader with six, while Korey Toomer and Brandon Artz had five each.
Walk-on tight end Daniel Micheletti had the big receiving numbers with five for 102 yards. Another walk-on, Bryce Davis, led the way on the ground with 12 carries for 59 yards.
There were some uncharacteristic bobbles on special teams, with one snap going awry and Trey Farquhar missing his first two field-goal attempts before settling in for three straight.
The Vandals’ next scrimmage is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
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