Player Post-Game (UI vs. ISU)

The Vandals played a solid game Saturday against a highly motivated Idaho State squad, downing the Bengals 27-24 in the Dome. After the WSU loss, the Vandals increased the practice tempo and the result showed Saturday with fewer drops, fewer blown plays and fewer errors. It was not a perfect game however, as ISU snuck in scores late in the 2nd and 4rd quarters to keep this game extremely close.

TEAM TOTALS OF NOTE… For the game Idaho eclipsed 400 yards of total offense for the first time this year, gaining 427 yards with 161 net yards rushing. Brian Flowers had his best game as a Vandal gaining 91 yards on 14 carries, with a long of 36 yards and a 6.5 yards-per-carry average. Jayson Bird added 53 yards on 14 carries. Rolly Lumbala scored 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Steve Wichman finished with 19 completions on 29 attempts gaining 266 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. Senior Wendell Octave led Idaho receivers with six receptions for 96 yards in what had to be one of his best performances from a pure play-making capacity. Junior Marlon Haynes was right behind Octave with four catches for 88 yards and a 39 yard reception.

Senior wide receiver Wendell Octave led the Vandals with 96 yards on 6 receptions.
Kicker Tino Amancio went 2-2 on field goals, converting from 27 yards and 29 yards. He also went 3-3 on PATs.

Defensively, David Vobora led all Idaho tacklers for the third week in a row with 10 tackles (8 solo) and 1 tackle for loss. He already has 40 tackles on the season. JC transfer Jo-Artis Ratti played significantly this weekend at middle linebacker for Idaho (making his debut after getting academic clearance this past week) and finished as Idaho's second-leading tackler on the day (tied with SAM Josh Bousman) with six tackles, including 5 solo takedowns. He also had one of the biggest hits of the day on a quarterback hurry. Idaho got their first sack of the season when defensive end Charles Campbell dropped the ISU passer for a 9-yard loss (Campbell added another tackle for loss and four tackles on the game). Four of Idaho's top five tacklers were linebackers (Vobora, Ratti, Bousman, and Brandon Ogletree). Idaho gave up 109 yards net rushing and 274 yards passing, but did grab 2 interceptions.

LUKE SMITH-ANDERSON (6-5, 256, Jr, Tightend)
Luke caught 2 passes for 24 yards while starting at TE for Idaho.

About Idaho's effort Saturday compared to last week at Wazzu… Our effort was a lot better. We focused on practicing with better effort this week, so we played how we practiced, with better effort. We need to come out with even more effort and more focus [against Oregon State].

About the first half success offensively... We played with better effort and we played with more focus than we played last weekend. We still need to catch more balls and we had a couple opportunities for more touchdowns, so we still need to get better. But we had a lot more focus, we ran our routes better, we played faster and we played with more enthusiasm. That led to a better outcome.

Why things bogged down in the third... Like we say, we only beat ourselves. We didn't purposely come out flat, but things just weren't clicking the way we wanted to, and we have to work on that.

Describe the last drive of the game for Idaho holding onto a 3-point lead… There was no question that we needed to score there. And yeah, we talked in the huddle and said this is a must score situation and we have to score no matter what it takes. We all executed, we all kept our focus, and we all played with great pad level, we ran good routes and the second effort was great too which led to the TD by Brian Flowers.

DAVID VOBORA (6-1, 227, Jr, Linebacker)
Led Idaho for the third week in the row with 10 tackles including 1 tackle or loss.

About the game in general... The defense has to get turnovers and get the ball back to give your offense as many opportunities as possible to put the ball in the endzone. I felt that we tackled better than at Washington State. You've got to make big plays, especially on third down, and we did that today.

About Jo-Artis Ratti… He's one of the most physical people I've ever been around…he's definitely a physical presense. He's going to continue getting better, I love playing with him, he bring a lot of fire and heart, and he's going to be a really good player for us the rest of this season and next year.

About Kiel McDonald He played outstanding. He had some rough times last week [against Washington State], and he really bounced back and made some bigtime plays for us [today].

ROLLY LUMBALA (6-2, 241, Jr, Runningback)
Scored two short yardage touchdowns, including the diving effort on the cover of this story.

About the win today...… It means a lot. Like coach said earlier this week and get the win, and we did that today. We need to enjoy this one, and look forward to next week. We definitely need to learn from what happened today, we need to play a full game. But the win, we're very happy.

STANLEY FRANKS (5-10, 185, Jr, Cornerback)
Led Idaho DBs with 2 interceptions (returned 42 yards) – Idaho's first interceptions of the year – plus he had two tackles and returned one kickoff for 32 yards.

What about Reggie being out with an injury and Kiel coming in today… First of all, Reggie Jones is a leader on the field…more than just a good player. He also makes the calls, recognizing the offense, so loss for him. Kiel McDonald, he really did a good job. He practiced hard all week, he knew he had a challenge and really stepped it up. I'm really proud of Kiel.

What about the defense overall… The secondary had a couple big plays, and as well a couple missed tackles, so there's room for improvement. We gave up too many points. I really want to do better, defending better and tackling better, and just keep working harder.

What did you see on your pick in the endzone… I could tell in his face…he just liked to take 2 steps back and put a lot of air under the ball. So, I knew I was going to go to the highest point, so I just tried to get over the top of the receiver, then it was just a jump ball after that.

About getting ready for Oregon State… Coming to practice and practicing every day like it's a game situation. That's what happened last week with Washington State, I don't feel like we were really practicing. And coach said this week we had better practices, coming to practice like it was a game situation.

About the last week of practice after the WSU loss… It was a long week of practice, started right after the game [against Washington State]. The practice tempo was up more, everyone was more focused. When you have a sour taste in your mouth like that, you can either back down or stand up. And a lot of guys stood up. Everything was hot, we emphasized getting 11 men to the ball, and scout team gave us a better look this week.

About his debut in the Dome… It was my first time ever playing in the Dome, with a crowd that big. I had my family here, so it was pretty exciting. You could feel it as soon as you came out of the tunnel.

About tone in locker room after the game… We're satisfied with the win, but we're not "satisfied". We gotta keep working; we know it's just a step and we gotta keep getting better every week.

MARLON HAYNES (6-0, 185, Jr, Wide Receiver)
Second on the Idaho wide receiver rotation with four catches for 88 yards. He also recovered ISU's onside kick attempt to secure the game.

On comfort level with the Idaho offense… I haven't gotten in the endzone yet…I don't feel I've had a good game yet; I've had all right games, but I haven't had a "good" game yet in my eyes.

On fewer drops this week by the receivers in general… Ever since I first got here coach has been talking about drops, but you can't be a good receiver if you're dropping the ball.

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