Isaiah Saunders punched in the go-ahead touchdown, Austin Rehkow drilled a 50-yard field goal and Idaho rolled to a 23-13 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday night in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Tied at 10 in the second quarter, Saunders capped a 10-play, 51-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put Idaho (5-4, 3-2 Sun Belt Conference) on top for good. He finished with 86 yards on 21 carries and had five catches for 55 yards.
Saunders was playing in front of several family members.
“The number one thing was my family came here,” he said. “I love playing in front of them. I come out and play every game as hard as I can but especially in front of my family, I knew I had to do something.”
Coach Paul Petrino said Saunders’ inspired play in the second half carried the Vandals.
“Isaiah stepped up and was a stud,” he said. “Sometimes you need someone to will you to victory.”
Louisiana Lafayette (3-5, 2-3) cut the margin to 17-13 with a 29-yard field goal by Stevie Artigue, but it was all Idaho the rest of the way in a game with no turnovers.
Rehkow, who had a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter, kicked the 50-yarder late in the third quarter and padded the Vandals’ advantage again with a 44-yarder midway through the fourth.
Matt Linehan was 20 of 30 for 227 yards passing for Idaho. Anthony Jennings completed 17 of his 30 passes for 161 yards for Louisiana-Lafayette.
Troy 52, Massachusetts 31: Brandon Silvers passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and Troy converted two turnovers into scores as the Trojans (7-1) defeated the Minutemen (2-8) at Troy, Alabama.
Appalachian State 35, Texas State 10: Taylor Lamb threw four touchdown passes while Jalin Moore and Marcus Cox combined to rush for 248 yards on 28 carries and a score as the Mountaineers (7-2, 5-0) routed the Bobcats (2-6, 0-4) at Boone, North Carolina.
Louisiana-Monroe 42, South Alabama 35: Caleb Evans threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Green in overtime, to lift the Warhawks (3-6, 2-3) to a victory over the Jaguars (4-5, 1-5) at Monroe, Louisiana.
Mississippi 37, Georgia Southern 27: Chad Kelly accounted for 249 yards and three touchdowns as the Rebels (4-5) snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating the Eagles (4-5) at Oxford, Mississippi.
Georgia Southern led 21-10 through the first 20 minutes.
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