Photo Gallery: Idaho vs. Idaho State

Idaho held on for the 27-24 win Saturday afternoon over Idaho State in the Dome. The win was coach Erickson's first of the season, and erased a couple concerns that had been raised(junior CB Stanley Franks picked off two passes while senior rush end Charles Campbell sacked the QB). Runningback BRIAN FLOWERS electrified the crowd on a 35 yard burst in a game with a lot of big offensive plays.

Captains Tone Taupule, Wendell Octave, David Vobora, and Nate VanderPol lead the team onto the field Saturday in the home opener against Idaho State.

A crowd 15,162 was on hand for the Vandals' home opener against Idaho State.

Junior runningback Brian Flowers, a JC Gridwire All-American who joined the program this fall, provided one of the biggest highlights of the night when he busted this 35 yarder off the left end to put Idaho in position to score late in the fourth quarter. Flowers would punch it in two players later, again over the left side of the line. The TD gave Idaho a 27-17 lead.

Idaho's revamped cheerleading squad assembles for a quick team photo.

Junior runningback Rolly Lumbala dove in for this touchdown from two yards out to score his second TD of the game. Idaho amassed 160 yards on the ground and scored two rushing TDs.

Senior flanker Wendell Octave (1), following a lead block by junior wideout Marlon Haynes (26), led all Idaho receivers with 96 yards on six receptions, including the above 35 yard reception that included at least 20 yards weaving and slashing up field after the catch.

Vandal cheerleaders performed stunts and led cheers better than Idaho has done in years.

Sophomore kicker Tino Amancio was perfect on the afternoon on two attempts of just under 30 yards each. Very quietly Amancio has been stellar this fall. He is hitting 80% of his attempts, is 3-3 from 20-30 yards out, missed a 38 yard attempt, and hit a 49 yarder in the season opener at Michigan State.

A Vandal cheerleader looks out at the crowd with Idaho banners hanging in the background.

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