MOSCOW, ID- The Idaho Vandals got back in the win column this Saturday as they defeated in-state rival Idaho State 45-21 to improve to 3-5 overall, and 1-3 in Big Sky Conference play. Idaho Sate made a furious comback attempt and cut the Vandal lead down to 31-21 at one point in the second half, but Idaho would respond and score two more touchdowns to give them the winning margin.
Two keys to the game ended up making the difference, they were the play of Vandals' QB Colton Richardson, and the Idaho defense capitalizing on ISU turnovers. In his first start of the year, Vandals quarterback Colton Richardson, who had replaced injured starter Mason Petrino, completed 17 of 25 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown. Richardson also ran for Idaho’s first score, breaking the tackle of ISU linebacker Oshea Trujillo and dragging defensive back Christian McFarland 2 yards across the goal line. Richardson connected with wide receiver Jeff Cotton 10 times, for 192 yards, and a touchdown.
The Vandals' defense was the other key to victory, as it forced numerous turnovers throughout the course of the game, some of which were returned to the endzone for scores. Charles Akanno had a strip sack, and fumble recovery in the first half, and senior cornerback Lloyd Hightower returned an interception 45-yards to the endzone for a Vandal touchdown.
Idaho will look to keep up this momentum on both sides of the ball as they look forward to this coming Saturday now.
Next up, the Vandals host Cal-Poly at 2 P.M. in the Kibbie Dome.