IDAHO INSIGHT: Vandals host No.4 BSU

IN WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE THE BIGGEST GAME EVER PLAYED IN THE HISTORY OF THE KIBBIE DOME, senior QB NATHAN ENDERLE and the Vandals (4-5, 1-3 WAC) welcome Boise State (8-0, 4-0 WAC) and their No.4 BCS ranking to Moscow for what could be the last meeting for awhile in the 40-year in-state rivalry. Kickoff is set for 6:00 PM PST Friday night for the game, and will air live nationally on ESPN2.

INSIDE SLANT

For the first time since the end of the 2008 season, Idaho has a losing record. The Vandals (4-5, 1-3 WAC) were throttled 63-17 by Nevada last weekend, ending a string of 23 consecutive weeks in which Idaho had been at least .500 or better. The loss to Nevada was Idaho's second in a row -- its first losing streak of the season -- and it was also the team's first loss at the Kibbie Dome this season.

Nevada rolled up a school-record 844 yards of total offense in dismantling the Vandals, who lost four fumbles in the game and didn't force a turnover for the first time all season. Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw five touchdown passes, and Nevada had three 100-yard rushers in the victory.

Things don't get any easier for coach Robb Akey's Vandals this week, as No. 4 (BCS) Boise State comes to town for a nationally televised game on Friday night. Idaho needs to win three of its remaining four games to become bowl eligible for the second consecutive season.


NOTES, QUOTES

--QB Nathan Enderle scored the third rushing touchdown of his career in the loss to Nevada. The senior had a 12-yard rushing touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play.

--Idaho didn't record a sack in the loss to Nevada or force a turnover. That's the first time this season that happened.

GAME BALL GOES TO: LB Tre'Shawn Robinson -- He made 16 tackles in Idaho's loss to Nevada. He had one tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.

KEEP AN EYE ON: CB Kenneth Patten -- He regained a starting role when teammate Isaac Butts was kicked off the team. He made 11 tackles in the loss to Nevada.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Well, do you have a beep button on that camera? If you really want to hear what I think, it's going to be filled with a lot of words that shouldn't be put on the six o'clock news." -- Idaho coach Robb Akey, when asked how he felt about his team's defensive performance against Nevada after the Vandals gave up 844 yards of offense.


STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD: Idaho's kickoff return got a lot of work against Nevada, and the Vandals did a lot of good things in that area. They averaged more than 31 yards per return and had runbacks of 86 and 46 yards.

--WR Justin Veltung had a 75-yard touchdown reception in the loss to Nevada.

--LB Robert Siavii made seven tackles and forced a fumble in the loss to Nevada.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The Vandals' ground game continues to be non-existent. Idaho averaged only 3.6 yards per carry in the loss to Nevada. Idaho ranks 116th out of 120 FBS teams in rushing (83.2 yards per game).

--The Vandals allowed two more sacks in the loss to Nevada. Idaho ranks 117th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision squads in sacks allowed. The Vandals have yielded 32 sacks in nine games.

--Idaho's defense was atrocious for the third time in the past four games. Nevada rolled up 844 yards (453 rushing, 391 passing) and averaged 9.3 yards per play in the 63-17 win.


ROSTER REPORT:

--TE Daniel Hardy (broken arm) will miss the rest of the regular season. The team's top receiver could return if the Vandals qualify for a bowl game.

--RB Princeton McCarty (knee) did not play for the second week in a row. His status for this week's game against Boise State is uncertain.

--S Gary Walker (suspension) did not play in the loss to Nevada. His status for Friday's game at Boise State is uncertain.


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