SJSU slipped past the pesky Vandals 30-24, and improve to 4-1 in WAC conference play.
Long time road supporters, Joe and LouAnn Griego missed the game, and snapped in all likliness the longest fan road game attendance streak in SJS history.
"The last time we attended a SJSU football game at Idado was in 2006. LouAnn had to stay in the hotel with the flu on game day, and that was the very same weekend I get Belles Palsy. Not good memories from that trip, and besides it's a horrible place to watch and football game".
"In the future we will continue going out of town for the Spartan games, as long as its not Moscow, Idaho", Joe Griego stated.
Idaho converted on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 2:42 left in the fourth quarter. Then, San Jose's, Jeff Clark, brought down to earth the ball on an onside kick at the Idaho 36, allowing the Spartans (6-3, 4-1 Western Athletic Conference) to run out the clock.
Eden looked great, and had hit D-Rich on a 35-yard TD pass in the third quarter, taking the score to 30-10 in the fourth session.
"Our offensive line did a tremendous job," Eden said. "Our goal coming into this was to be a more down-hill team, and credit them. They opened up some holes, and Yonus (Davis) and Brandon (Rutley) ran hard. That gave us (an) opportunity to throw the ball a little bit."
Idaho closed in on the Spartans' lead to 30-17 with a late TD.
"This conference is tougher than the dickens on the road," San Jose State Coach Dick Tomey said. "You need to bring your lunch, and particularly at this facility.
"... We're thrilled to death to be 4-1 in the conference and in second place."
The Vandals inched to within 6 points before their failed onside kick was pegged by Flynn.
Kyle Reed, who was out with a bruised tailbone, was replaced by Eden. He finished for 23-of-31 with an interception and two touchdown passes.
Richmond had eight catches for 138 yards, and two touchdowns. Yonus Davis had 10 carries for 49 yards, but left with an ankle injury.
His status is unknown at this time.
The Vandals' onside kick attempt gave Idaho a chance at a comeback in front of an enthusiastic crowd, but Clark snatched Tino Amancio's high kick just before UI players could grab the ball.
"They've just been unbelievable on onside kicks," Tomey said. "... We expected it to come down (to the wire)."
On a side note, the team lined up for a 55 yard FG and on a direct snap. Strubeck pooched the ball to the 2 yard line.
Idaho was surprised, and the punt was downed on the 2 yard line. The coaching staff said that play was crucial in securing the victory.
Coach Tomey gathered the team after the game still on the field, as this was a very big win that deserved some on the spot discussions.
Tom Hastings gave some post game commentary as well, and now SJSU comes home to earn it's seventh win of the season versus LA Tech.