MOSCOW, ID - Last week, the Vandals secured their first Big Sky Conference win of the season against the Idaho State Bengals, for the most part in dominating fashion; though at one point the Vandals clung to a ten-point lead in the third quarter. Now looking forward to their next opponent, Idaho hopes to ride the momentum of their 45-21 win last week, and use it to start a winning streak against Cal Poly this Saturday.
The Vandals found success last week through the air with the arm of QB Colton Richardson, who threw 17 of 25 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rushing touchdown in the win. The Vandals have needed consistent production from the quarterback position all season, and until last week, there hadn't been much, which would cause the offense to sputter at times. Idaho will be much more successful if Richardson is able to remain under center, and against a sub-par Cal Poly defense, he should be able to sling the ball around to his receivers with ease. Richardson's favorite target last week was Jeff Cotton, who had 10 catches for 192 yards and a touchdown in his return after missing a game with a leg injury. He and Richardson connected on nine throws for 174 yards and a score as Cotton took advantage of frequent man-to-man coverage. Look for Richardson to continue to look Cotton's way this weekend.
Cal Poly currently sits with a 2-6 season record, and a 1-4 Big Sky Conference record. While Idaho's 3-5 record shouldn't blow anyone away, it should be noted that the Vandals have been a formidable opponent at home in the Kibbie Dome this season. They currently boast a 3-1 record in the Dome, with their only defeat coming at the hands of the Weber State Wildcats 41-35. The Wildcats were ranked #4 in the nation at the time.
The Vandals and the Mustangs clash tomorrow at 2 P.M. in Moscow.