Vandals Set To Battle Da Raidazzz!

This Saturday Idaho hosts redshirt freshman runningback <b>Eugene Gross</b> and the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders in The Dome. Idaho is coming off a frustrating loss to North Texas in last week's Homecoming tilt in Moscow, while MTSU beat New Mexico State in Murfreesboro last weekend for their first win of the year.<br> <br> The Raiders are 3.5 point favorites this weekend, and will look to take the lead in a series knotted at 1 game apiece.

The links below should give you a pretty thorough introduction to Idaho's next opponent, the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders (1-5, 1-0 SBC). Off to an 0-5 like Idaho, MTSU notched their first win of the season last week in a 35-18 win over New Mexico State in front of 9,114 Homecoming fans in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Raiders gave up a huge 525 yards, but only yielded 18 points to the Aggies. Redshirt freshman QB Clint Marks made his first career start (stepping in for injured senior Andrico Hines), and was impressive going 9 of 12 for 208 yards and 3 passing TDs. The Raiders were also without their top runninback Don Calloway who is out with a broken foot. The defense gave up tons of yards to the Aggies, but they clamped down when they needed to throughout the game.

Overall, the Raiders started the season off with a major disappointment, losing their season opener at home to Florida Atlantic (20-19). They then lost respectable games to Georgia (29-10), Clemson (37-14), and a heartbreaking overtime loss to Top 25 Missouri (41-40). They then lost as home favorites to Temple (44-36), then righted the ship with the victory last week over NMSU.

Both MTSU and UI joined the Sun Belt Conference as the favored champs, but both have fallen short of meeting those expectations over the last 2 and a half years.

(AP Photo/Ric Feld)
Georgia quarterback David Greene (14) scrambles under pressure from Middle Tennessee State linebacker Alvin Fite (23) to bring it to fourth-and-one and set up a Georgia field goal during first half play at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003.

Idaho Pre-Game Release

Official MTSU Site

MTSU's Wright has Idaho's full attention (Daily News Journal - Murfreesboro)

Backup QB Gains Confidence (Daily News Journal)

Visions of Lindgren Linger (Daily News Journal)

MTSU Tailback Numbers Dwindle (Daily News Journal)

Raiders Belt Aggies (Daily News Journal)

Defense's Big Plays Break NMSU (Daily News Journal)

MTSU Message Board

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