Thoughts on the Idaho Win

The Idaho Vandals had their chance. And it seemed like most of it came in the second quarter.

For almost all of the second period the Vandals (1-7, 1-5) dominated the Arkansas State Red Wolves. And that carried over some in the third quarter, but when it was over the Red Wolves had a 44-28 victory.

On The first play of the fourth quarter, Luke Ferguson punted. The next time the Red Wolves’ offense would hit the field, thanks in part to Rocky Hayes’ 93-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Brandon Cox’s fumble on a kickoff, and was midway in the second quarter at the 7:33 mark. That possession lasted just three plays. At one point, Idaho had run 24 plays in the quarter to the Red Wolves’ three. After Idaho had tied the score at 14-14, the Red Wolves ran their second offensive series and it started with 3:17 left in the half.

Credit to the Red Wolves’ offense, the unit did use up the rest of the quarter and get Luke Ferguson’s field goal for a 17-14 halftime lead.

Twice Idaho, following the same ground and pound formula that worked so well in the second quarter, managed to lead in the second half. The last was at 28-24 and that was good until Michael Gordon got TD number three with 7 seconds left in the third quarter. But when Ferguson missed the PAT, the 30-28 score looked really scary.

Gordon added two more scores in the final period as the Red Wolves scored the final 21 of the game for their 23rd win in the last 27 conference games.

Here are some numbers to consider:

Total yards: Arkansas State 442, Idaho 449; Rushing: A-State 198, Idaho 243: Third-down conversion: A-State, 7 of 18, Idaho 4 of 12 and perhaps the most telling stat of all, 8 Vandal turnovers and only 1 for the Red Wolves.

Some highlights:

Hats off to redshirt freshman Javon Rolland-Jones had eight tackles, five for loss and four of them quarterback sacks.

How about Fredi Knighten? The junior quarterback finished 21 of 28 passing for 244 yards and 73 yard rushing.

It was good to see Daryl Rollins-Davis get involved. His most dynamic play was the kickoff return for a TD that was erased by a penalty

In case you missed one, Gordon's five touchdowns.