Vandals Topple Spartans 29-25

The Vandals overcame a less than stellar performance at San Jose State (11 penalties for 113 yards, four Vandal turnovers) to pull out a final drive, heart pounding, come from behind 29-25 victory. PRINCETON MCCARTY led Idaho with 125-yards rushing, including an explosive 47-yard second half sprint behind Idaho's powerful offensive line which led the way for 274 yards rushing and 501 total yards.


It wasn't the prettiest game of the year, but Idaho showed its determination with a final drive, come from behind victory over San Jose State - Idaho's first win over the Spartans since 1998. Despite numerous penalties and turnovers, the Vandal offense put up an impressive 501 yards of total offense, including 274 yards rushing behind Idaho's powerful offensive line.

Defensively, although Idaho gave up some big plays to the Spartans, the Vandal D held San Jose State to just 48 yards rushing on 20 attempts. Statistically the Vandals were solid, registering six tackles for loss including two quarterback sacks (one by Jonah Sataraka, the other by Michael Cosgrove), two interceptions (Kenneth Patten and JoJo Dickson), and a fumble recovery (Jeromy Jones) on the afternoon.

Below are some of Idaho's stars from yesterday's win that resulted in the Vandals improving to 5-1 on the year and 2-0 in WAC competition.

- DeMaundray Woolridge continues to be the work horse for this offense, getting carries deep in Idaho's end of the field and pounding it out when Idaho needs yards the most. He finished the day with 93 yards on 18 carries with two TDs and a 5.2 ypc average.

- Princeton McCarty added electricity to the Vandal attack, exploding for a 47-yard game-breaking run in the second half that put the ball deep in SJSU territory, which he punched into the endzone a couple plays later. He finished atop the Vandal rushers with 125 yards on 16 carries for a very impressive 7.8 yards per carry.

- Deonte Jackson had one of his best days of the 2009 season, and also added an electrifying 47 yard burst in the second half as the Vandal offensive line began to take command of the game. He finished with 59 yards on 7 carries for a rock solid 8.1 yards per carry.

- Trey Farquhar was absolutely perfect Saturday against the Spartan, going three-for-three on field goal attempts, including connecting on a season long 52-yard attempt with just one second left before halftime. The attempt came on the heels of JoJo Dickson's interception to thwart a Spartan touchdown drive, and his return gave Idaho the ball at the SJSU 35 yard line as Farquhar trotted onto the field with no time to warm up following the shocking turn of events. With ice coursing through his veins, he connected and gave the Vandals momentum heading into the locker room for intermission. The freshman continues to impress this fall.

- Despite a performance Saturday in which he struggled at times, junior quarterback Nathan Enderle (14-of-26, 216 yards, 3 INT) engineered two touchdown drives and positioned the offense for two successful field goal attempts in this seesaw battle. But following two fourth quarter interceptions, he was relieved by sophomore backup Brian Reader, and it was Reader who completed his one, crucial, pass for 11 yards to Eric Greenwood to keep Idaho's final drive alive. He then guided a relentless rushing attack behind a dominant Vandal offensive line that culminated with Woolridge carrying multiple Spartan defenders into the endzone for Idaho's dramatic come-from-behind victory.

- Max Komar again led the Vandal receivers with 73 yards receiving on 5 receptions.

- Eric Greenwood didn't have a TD reception in this game, but he made a clutch catch on the final drive to keep Idaho's quest for the endzone alive. He finished with 56 yards on four receptions on the evening.

Vandals in the news...

LINK: Idaho official website story (with stats)

LINK: It was ugly, but it was a win

LINK: Three things to ponder from Idaho's win

LINK: Vandals escape with late score

LINK: Idaho Vandals run to fourth straight win

LINK: Tight game goes to Idaho on Homecoming, 29-25

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