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Silver Smashes Gold In Idaho Spring Game

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Matt Linehan impressed in Idaho's Silver and Gold Spring game at the Kibbie Dome on Friday. (Photo: Idaho) Matt Linehan impressed in Idaho's Silver and Gold Spring game at the Kibbie Dome on Friday. (Photo: Idaho)
by Idaho Athletics

MOSCOW, Idaho – Matt Linehan had as near a perfect a game as is possible during the annual Silver and Gold scrimmage that marked the end of spring football Friday night for the Idaho Vandals.

A sophomore, Linehan connected on 22 of 24 throws for 467 yards and six touchdowns as the Silver team romped past the Gold, 77-21. His leading receiver was senior Dezmon Epps, who had 10 catches for 240 yards as, with redshirt freshman Jake Luton taking over at quarterback part of the time, the Silver amassed 574 yard through the air.

“He had a great day,” coach Paul Petrino said of Linehan's evening. “I don't know if he missed many throws. He put every throw right on the money. He had a really good day.”

Petrino, who used largely the first-team players to make up the Silver team and the second-team players for the Gold, made note of the depth at receiver enabling both quarterbacks to have strong performances. Sophomore David Ungerer had five receptions for 126 yards for the Silver, and receiver-turned-tight end Deon Watson had three catches for 91 yards for the Silver and five catches for 84 yards for the Gold to total eight receptions for 175 yards.

“We have a chance to be good,” Petrino said. “We just have to have a great summer.”

Fueling the rushing game for the Silver was sophomore Aaron Duckworth, who had 15 carries for 118 yards, and Isaiah Saunders with five carries for 49 yards.

Petrino also had praise for the defensive front seven, which limited the Gold team to 169 yards total offense, and noted the growth in the secondary.

“There's still a lot of competition there,” he said. “We've just got to get down what we're doing, get a pass rush and tackle better and we'll be in good shape.”

Grayshirt Kaden Elliss led the Silver defense with 11 tackles, which includes two sacks and tackles for loss along with one pass breakup, while Doyin Sule led all tacklers with 12 for the Gold. Senior tackle Ryan Edwards added eight tackles with two tackles for loss and one hurry. The effective of the front seven included seven tackles each by Broc Westlake, Kevin Shelton, Leonard Hazewood and Tueni Lupeamanu.

The Vandals open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, against Ohio University at the Kibbie Dome.

Silver and Gold Game Stats

Silver

Plays

Linehan 5 yard rush

Epps 48 yard pas from Linehan

Duckworth 29 yard rush

Ungerer 45 yard pass frm Linehan

Watson 68 yard pass from Linehan

Epps 42 yard pass from Linehan

Duckworth 7 yard pass from Linehan

Duckworth 1 yard rush

Epps 3 yard pass from Luton

Epps 69 yard pass from Linehan

Saunders 10 yard rush

Passing                                                                                           

(Number) Name                  Comp   Att                 Yards            Long   TD                  INT                 Pass%   YPA

[10] Linehan                 22   24                  467               69   6                     0                     91.7   19.5

 [14] Luton                      7   10                  107               23   1                     0                     70.0   10.7

Total:                                 29   34                  574                  7                     0              85.3   16.9                                          

Rushing                                                                                      

[Number] Name                 Rushes   Yards            Long             TD   Avg          Sack

 [28] Saunders                     5   49                  14                  1   9.8          

[10] Linehan                 4   6                     3              1   1.5                

[29] Duckworth                   15   118               29                  2   7.9          

Total:                                         24   173                                       4   7.2          

Receiving                                                                                  

[Number] Name                 Rec   Yards            Long             TD   Avg.

[83] Watson                  3   91                  68                  1   30.3

[1] Epps                            10   240               69                  4   24.0

[2] Ungerer                   5   126               48            1   25.2

[13] Cowan                   2   30                  21                  0   15.0

[26] Mwehla                 1   9                     9                     0   9.0

[8] Sannon                      5   61                  23                  0   12.2

[29] Duckworth                   3   17                  7                     1   5.7

Totals                                   29                574                                       7                        19.8

Gold

Scoring

Watson 4 yard pass from Luton

Hightower 26 yard pass from Luton

Hightower 11 yard pass from Luton

Passing                                                                                           

(Number) Name                  Comp   Att                 Yards            Long   TD                  INT                 Pass%   YPA

[3] Amos                                  3   6                     17                  7   0                     0                     50.0   2.8

 [14] Luton                      13   22                  140               37   3                     0                     59.1   6.4

Total:                                         16   28                  157                  3                     0              57.1   5.6

Rushing                                                                                      

[Number] Name                 Rushes   Yards            Long             TD   Avg          Sack

 [28] Saunders                     5   0                     2                     0   0.0          

[14] Luton                    3   -5                    4              0  -1.7               2                    

[27] Smith                               2   5                     5                     0   2.5

[3] Amos                                  12   -3                    6                     0   -0.3               4

[20] Coman                  12   15                  7                     0   1.3

Total:                                         34   12                                          0   0.4          

Receiving                                                                                  

[Number] Name                 Rec   Yards            Long             TD   Avg.

[83] Watson                  5   84                  37                  1   16.8

[2] Ungerer                    2  17                  9              0  8.5

[20] Coman                  3   2                     4              0  0.7

[88] Hightower                    4   41                  26                  2   10.3

[7] Johnson                            2   13                  7                     0   6.5

Totals                                         16  157                                       3   9.8



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