GALLERY: Idaho downs Wofford 41-38

LAS VEGAS PICKED THIS GAME to be a shootout, and the Vandals (1-2) and Wofford (1-2) didn't disappoint Saturday. Several Vandals had career days, led by sophomore tailback AARON DUCKWORTH who scored three touchdowns for Idaho. The Vandals racked up over 500 yards of offense, passed for over 300 yards, and the defense did enough, particularly late in the fourth quarter, to hang on for the win.



WHITE GETS STARTING NOD: Junior offensive tackle #63 Calvin White (6-5, 298) earned the starting nod at left tackle against Wofford and helped lead an Idaho offense that put up 532 yards of total offense.


LEADING THE CHARGE AGAIN: Senior linebacker Marc Millan continues to be one of the Vandals top tacklers, when Saturday he tied for the team lead with seven take downs (three solo). For the year he's No.2 with 20 tackles behind fellow 'backer Chris Edwards (21).




CAREER DAY: It wasn't the biggest day by an Idaho runningback, but for sophomore Aaron Duckworth it was a career day for the Orange Park (Flor.) native. Following a productive week of practice, on Saturday Duckworth scored three touchdowns for Idaho on 12 carries, racking up 50 yards on the afternoon and 4.2 yards per carry, including this 4th quarter run (aided by some nice blocking up front).


QUIETLY PRODUCTIVE: Senior noseguard Ryan Edwards isn't going to put up the gaudy numbers. His job is to disrupt things in the middle and demand double teams, and Saturday he did that on his way to recording four tackles, three solo, and one tackle for loss.


SPEAKING OF CAREER DAYS: This spring junior Trent "Buck" Cowan (6-3, 224) answered the call to move inside to tightend from his previous wide receiver position. Three games into the season he appears to be hitting his stride as Saturday he was Idaho's No.2 receiver with seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. He hauled in some big passes over the middle, including this 30 yarder late in the game.


RUN STUFFERS: As with Ryan Edwards, defensive end Tueni Lupeamanu (6-1, 305) has the job of clogging things up front, especially against a run-heavy team like Wofford. Saturday Lupeamanu finished with five tackles (two solo).


LINEHAN GOES FOR 300: For the first time this season sophomore quarterback Matt Linehan threw for over 300 yards, finishing with 334 yards on 25-of-34 passing with one TD and two picks. Aside from throwing the ball, Linehan proved to be effective at running when he had to, gaining 71 yards on the ground (he was sacked four times and lost 21 yards in the process, finishing with a net 51 yards rushing).


QUIET, AND THAT'S JUST FINE: If there is one player that it is just fine not hearing much about, it is the snapper. Junior Brett Ballard out of Eagle (Ida.) has handled snapping duties for much of the last two years and been a consistent performer in the kicking game.


IDAHO'S LEADER IN THE RUSHING GAME: Duckworth got the headlines, but it was senior Elijhaa Penny who was the workhorse in the rushing game. Saturday the slimmed down Penny gained 98 yards on 19 carries -- leading Idaho's best rushing performance of the season -- averaging 5.2 yards per carry with a long of 17 yards.


SPECIAL TEAMS STANDOUT: We're used to seeing Austin Rehkow lead the nation in punting. This year through three games he's currently ranked 21st in the nation with a 44.8 yards per punt average. But now the junior has honed his kicking game and is among a small group of kickers that are still perfect on the season, having converted on all five attempts in 2015 including two field goals of about 20 yards each on Saturday.


ELECTRIFYING WITH THE BALL: For the two games senior wide receiver Dezmon Epps has played in so far this season, he's been Idaho's most prolific target. Saturday Epps led all receivers with 139 yards on 10 receptions with a long of 32 yards on the afternoon. So far on this young season he is Idaho's most explosive receiver and Linehan's go-to target.


Idaho's cheerleaders did their part to rally the crowd Saturday against Wofford.


POST-GAME CHEER: For the first time this season the Vandals earned the chance to belt out the fight song following Saturday's win.

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