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Former Idaho football coach Robb Akey has filed a lawsuit against the university and the State Board of Education in an attempt to claim a lump-sum media payment withheld from him when he was fired in October.
MOSCOW, Idaho – It might not have had the stature of last year’s Humanitarian Bowl win, but Idaho’s season-ending victory on Saturday mimicked the late-game drama and excitement. Idaho blocked a field goal at the end of regulation and seniors Nathan Enderle and Eric Greenwood connected for a 23-yard touchdown play in overtime to give the Vandals a 26-23 victory over San Jose State in front of an announced crowd of 8,011 at the Kibbie Dome.
FRESNO, Calif. – Just when it looked like Idaho’s postseason hopes had been dashed, the Vandals responded with their biggest play of the season – an 86-yard touchdown on a kickoff return from Justin Veltung. The late fourth-quarter score gave Idaho new life against Fresno State, and the Vandals followed it up with a masterful 71-yard drive to take a momentary lead with 2 minutes left.
MOSCOW, Idaho – When the Idaho football team conjured up a breakthrough last year after a decade of losing, the Vandals had the luxury of banking on a solid-as-granite offensive line. The same five players started every game, and four of them were seniors. From the start, no one questioned the group’s durability or consistency.
LOGAN, Utah – Eric Greenwood scored two touchdowns in the first half and Deonte Jackson scored twice in the second half to push Idaho past Utah State 28-6 Saturday. Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle completed 20 of 31 passes for 243 yards and three scores for the Vandals (5-6, 2-4 Western Athletic), who had lost three consecutive lopsided games.
MOSCOW, Idaho – Aaron Lavarias was just beginning an interview with a reporter Tuesday when Idaho football coach Robb Akey walked past the Vandals’ most productive defender and offered the simplest of compliments. “Good work,” Akey told the fifth-year defensive end shortly after practice had ended.
MOSCOW, Idaho – Reporters from all over the state this week asked Idaho players and coaches variations of the same question: What’s it going to take to finally bring down one of the nation’s most consistent programs? For the Vandals, the answer begins with something that’s been painfully absent against elite competition all season.
Deonte Jackson sifted through all the possibilities of Idaho’s biggest game of the season – a stunning Vandals upset, another Boise State laugher, somewhere in between – and he settled on the only option he could stomach. “(A win) would bring so much joy to me as a player,” the UI running back said, “and to see the pride return to this town and school, it would just be amazing.”
MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho football coach Robb Akey made his feelings very clear Monday on the hazy future of the Vandals’ 40-year-old series with Boise State – at least when it comes to where the rivalry should take place if and when it returns. “That is ridiculous,” Akey said when asked if the game should remain in Boise every year, as BSU coach Chris Petersen suggests. “You play the rival game as a true rival game. Their home and our home every other year, or you don’t play at all. Bottom line.”
MOSCOW, Idaho – Early in the fourth quarter of another Idaho nightmare against Nevada, Kama Bailey wiggled away from the Wolf Pack’s kickoff coverage and started galloping down the sideline. For once, the Vandals could see a ray of sunshine. But, alas, the dazzling return – like much of Saturday’s 63-17 loss to Nevada – ended in disaster.
MOSCOW, Idaho – The first practice of the week was over, and Idaho quarterback Nate Enderle and tight end Taylor Elmo – the proven senior and budding redshirt freshman – stood a few feet apart during separate sessions with the media. While his teammate’s interview dragged on, Enderle was asked if he could imagine the sculpted 6-foot-4, 244-pound Elmo playing quarterback in high school.
HONOLULU – Bryant Moniz threw for three touchdowns, ran for another score and streaking Hawaii won its sixth straight and became bowl eligible by defeating Idaho 45-10 on Saturday night. Following the game, the Warriors (7-2, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) accepted an invitation to the hometown Hawaii Bowl and set their sights on next week’s showdown at No. 2 Boise State that could determine the WAC champion.
MOSCOW, Idaho – At 240 pounds, Tre’Shawn Robinson is hands down the heftiest linebacker in Idaho’s playing rotation. That’s not the only distinction he holds among the brethren at his position.
MOSCOW, Idaho – In the moment, with the crowd stone silent and an ambulance on the Kibbie Dome turf, the only thing JoJo Dickson’s teammates could think to do was lash out. Dickson, a senior linebacker for Idaho, was on his back, clutching his fractured left leg. He had been sideswiped from behind by New Mexico State’s Kenny Turner at the end of a third-quarter run – a hit the Vandals apparently perceived as cheap.
MOSCOW, Idaho – From the moment trends started to crystallize in spring camp through the first three weeks of the season, the Idaho Vandals were sure of one thing about their defense: It was playing with a boldness and energy that had been absent for years. The new defensive mentality was evident for a while. But somewhere between the second half of a numbing loss to Colorado State and last week’s meltdown at Louisiana Tech, the defense’s confidence has given way to a flurry of questions.
RUSTON, La. – Ross Jenkins threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and Louisiana Tech had 678 yards of offense in a 48-35 win over Idaho on Saturday. The Bulldogs (3-4, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference) had their fifth-highest offensive total in school history and the Vandals (3-3, 0-1) totaled 526 offensive yards.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Idaho coach Robb Akey has proven he doesn’t mind taking chances, the most notable example coming on a two-point conversion to claim last year’s Humanitarian Bowl. Saturday, he gambled again on two fourth downs – and both decisions paid off handsomely.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Twice Saturday afternoon, the Idaho football team constructed double-digit leads and appeared ready to separate from Colorado State for good. On both occasions, mistakes and poor execution doomed the Vandals.
MOSCOW, Idaho – In Aaron Lavarias’ first year at Idaho, it was the linebackers who seemed to have everything figured out. They were the ones who told the newcomers on defense – and they were almost all newcomers back then – where to be on the field, what to do, which way to go. They also happened to perform at the highest level, for a while at least.
MOSCOW, Idaho – When Robb Akey took over the Idaho football program four years ago, this must have been what he envisioned – the Kibbie Dome pulsating for a nationally televised game, and the Vandals’ defense flying around with as much energy as he exerts on the sideline. Saturday against UNLV, Idaho’s plan came together seamlessly from the start. It smothered the Rebels in a dominant first half and rolled to a 30-7 triumph in front of Dad’s Weekend crowd of 15,390.