It was a rough outing for Idaho Saturday afternoon, as they went into this Senior Day matchup as a rare 6-point favorite.
But as Vandal head coach Paul Petrino said, credit Troy and their coaching staff for being prepared for this Sun Belt Conference tilt. In the post-game media conference Coach Petrino insisted this loss was on him and his staff for not having the Vandals ready to go.
"It's all on me. We came so far in this program, we played so much better, and today we took a big step back," Coach Petrino told the media. "That's not acceptable, and it's ridiculous. Today we got out-hit, got out-hustled, and got out-coached. We didn't hit people, we didn't hustle, and we didn't coach with a darn. All three things were terrible, and when you do that you get your butt kicked.
"There were some positives. In the first half we made some plays offensively. In the second half I thought our defense made some plays at times. Tony Lashley had a nice blocked punt there in the second half. There were some positives on each side of the ball, but never together.
"I don't think we played like that all year. To me, I felt like today was like last year. We made so many strides and were playing so much better. But today was - I'm not going to sugarcoat it - played bad. Blame me ... it starts with me."
Perhaps Coach took too much of the responsibility on this one, but Idaho took a step back this afternoon after beating New Mexico State three weeks ago and playing well at San Diego State last weekend.
Hopefully Idaho can get back on track in two weeks at Appalachian State."
Below are highlights from Saturday's action.
Jerrel Brown - Idaho's starting senior runningback ran hard Saturday, when he was given the opportunity to carry the rock. Brown finished the day with 77 yards and one touchdown on just 12 carries on the afternoon, averaging 6.4 yards per carry with a long of 18 yards.
Joshua McCain - The senior continues to impress. Saturday McCain finished with 128 yards receiving on just seven catches. His performance was highlighted by a 64 yard touchdown strike, which included about 50 yards of McCain just out running everyone else on the field.
Justin Podrabsky - The Lewiston (Ida.) native finished with just two catches on the afternoon, but one of those catches went for 64 yards, most of which were J-Pod getting behind the defense and running free for about 40 yards on his legs.