Eagles pull away late, beat UI 44-20

THE VANDALS CAME OUT SWINGING Saturday night against Georgia Southern (3-1, 1-0 SBC) in the conference opener for both programs, and were down just 16-13 at the half to the defending Sun Belt champs. The second half was a different matter though as the Eagles scored two touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to beat Idaho (1-3, 0-1 SBC) by a final 44-20 margin.

Idaho played well in the first half Saturday night against Georgia Southern in the Dome, going into halftime down just 16-13 to last year's Sun Belt Conference champs. But the Eagles proved to be too much for Idaho in the second half, outscoring Idaho 28-7 over the final two quarters.

Below are a few of the standout performances, followed by links to post-game stories.

- Wide receiver Dezmon Epps led all Vandal standouts in the game, gaining 165 yards on just eight receptions against the Eagles, including two lengthy touchdown strikes -- his first touchdowns of the season.

- Quarterback Matt Linehan was 20-of-35 for 284 yards, two touchdowns and two picks on the evening. Long range TD strikes to Epps (60 yards in the 2nd quarter and a 40-yarder in the third quarter that cut Georgia Southern's lead to 30-20) kept Idaho in this game through the first three quarters.

- A couple safeties, Jordan Grabski and Armond Hawkins, led the Vandals in tackling on the night with 10 apiece. Normally that would be a concern, but Idaho's DBs were playing close to the line most of the night and forced several short gains, including Hawkins' two tackles for loss.

- If it wasn't Epps, it was senior tailback Elijhaa Penny accounting for UI yards, as he gained 84 yards on the ground (23 carries), and added another 50 yards through the air on four receptions.


NEXT GAME - Watch Party in Dome:

Idaho is on the road next Saturday at Arkansas State. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Jonesboro and 4 p.m. at Moscow, where there is a free Watch Party scheduled at the Kibbie Dome. Doors to the Watch Party open at 3:45 p.m.


READ MORE:

LINK: Big plays take toll (UI OFFICIAL SITE; STORY & STATS)

LINK: Georgia Southern Opens Sun Belt Schedule with Road Win (GSU OFFICIAL SITE)

LINK: Second half struggles cost Vandals in 44-20 loss to Georgia Southern (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)




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