PHOTO GALLERY: Idaho vs WSU

Saturday night the Vandals came out swingin', scoring on their opening drive and carrying a 14-7 lead into the second quarter. Idaho was down 10 at the half [31-21] and early in the fourth quarter [38-28] before the Cougs closed the door on a 45-28 victory. Idaho's young team continues to mature under fire, and the Vandals (1-2) have shown outstanding persistence in their first three games.

2007 Vandal Cheer Squad

Friends and family of Shiloh Keo saw him deliver the game's biggest hit from his safety position in the first quarter.

2007 Idaho Drill Team

Viva Vicente! Junior kickoff specialist Vicente Rico had another stellar game Saturday night, forcing a touchback and averaging 67.4 yards per kick.

VANDAL D: Against a powerful offensive attack Idaho played one of its best games in years in this series, forcing three turnovers and three Cougar punts.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: True freshman wide receiver Maurice Shaw (6-2, 190) finished the game with two catches, including a first half touchdown in which he ripped the ball from the defender and kept his feet in bounds for the score.

BOISE'S FINEST Junior defensive end Taylor Rust has battled to the top of the strongside defensive end depth chart and is playing with poise. Against the Cougars he sacked Alex Brink once, recovered a fumble (photo above), and finished with three tackles on the night.

FRONT LINES: Adam Korby and Mike Iupati set up to drop into pass protection. On the night Korby was responsible for stopping Cougar star Ropati Pitoitua (6-8, 300) and kept him to six tackles and no sacks.

APPLYING PRESSURE: Idaho senior noseguard Siua Musika again forced a fumble (his second of the season), and finished with four tackles, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries.

OPENING UP THE OFFENSE: Redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Enderle continues his baptism under fire, leading Idaho to two impressive first half scores, including a 38 yard scoring strike to Max Komar on the opening drive. Enderle finished with 205 yards passing on 17-of-35 attempts, scoring three touchdowns through the air. Four of his passes were picked off (two while being deflected off the hands of receivers), but for the third week he kept his composure under heavy pressure.

22nd AIRBORNE: Sophomore wide receiver Max Komar continues to be a highlight reel this season, including the pass he hauled in above while displaying impressive vertical to go up and get it. He scored twice for Idaho and finished with 96 yards receiving on five receptions.

BREAKIN' INTO THE DEPTH CHART: True freshman defensive back Dewey Hale cracked the Idaho depth chart Saturday night, starting at kick returner for the Vandals. In his first collegiate action he returned 8 kicks for 143 yards, including an electric 37-yard return on the games opening play.

FRESHMAN PHENOM: The numbers being racked up by redshirt freshman runningback Deonte Jackson are phenominal. Through the first three games of the season he has rushed for 426 yards on 80 carries, averaging a cool 5.3 yards per carry. He has scored one TD on the season, has a long of 32 yards this year, and is averaging an eye-popping 142 yards per game (that's against USC, Washington State, and Cal Poly). His patience, and explosiveness, are something to behold. In the lower picture above, Jackson busts through the middle of the line, letting his blockers open an enormous hole for him. He raced to the endzone and was stopped 2-yards from paydirt on a tackle by a Cougar safety.


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