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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

Wyoming holds off Idaho’s upset bid behind pair of Trey Smith touchdowns

It was the first 100-yard game for Smith, a graduate transfer from Louisville.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Idaho looks back at North Dakota victory for blueprint to beat Wyoming

In the thin air of Laramie’s War Memorial Stadium, 7,215 feet above sea level, things can be seen clearly – including, perhaps, what kind of football team Idaho might be …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Wyoming football honors black players dismissed from team in 1969

Fifty years after 14 black football players were kicked off the University of Wyoming football team for seeking to wear armbands to protest racism, eight of them returned to the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 6:59 p.m.

Aundre Carter, Roshaun Johnson give Idaho power punch in backfield

The Vandals’ potent rushing recalled Idaho’s waning days in the Sunbelt Conference when the league’s leading rusher and lightning bolt Aaron Duckworth and hard-hitting Isaiah Saunders lined up in Idaho’s …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Idaho uses second-half surge to avoid Central Washington’s upset bid in 41-31 victory

If the ever-expanding Big Sky Conference is still looking for members, it could do worse than trying to convince Central Washington to make the move up to the Football Championship …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 6:28 p.m.

Idaho looks to rebound from Penn State rout with home opener against talented Central Washington

A Big 10 tidal wave of talent that washed over Idaho in a 79-7 rout against Penn State in the Vandals’ season opener is giving way to Idaho’s home opener …


Big Sky Picks: After lopsided losses, Eastern Washington and Idaho have much easier tasks in Week 2

Eastern Washington beat writer Ryan Collingwood predicts Week 2 games in the Big Sky Conference.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

Idaho defensive stalwart Charles Akanno sets big goals

The big picture of a 79-7 rout aside, Charles Akanno can look at Idaho’s season-opening loss to Penn State with some satisfaction.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019, 6:59 p.m.

Sean Clifford stars, No. 15 Penn State’s defense hammers Idaho 79-7

As college football’s 150th-anniversary season commences, there’s both good and bad news for Idaho as it looks to improve upon last fall’s four-win campaign.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

Boise State transfers Kayode Rufai, Mujeeb Rufai ready to help elevate Idaho defense

Including the Rufais, there are six sets of brothers playing with the Vandals, and fathers and sons associated with the program.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Idaho heads to Happy Valley to face No. 15 Penn State in season opener

The Nittany Lions ranked 15th in the Associated Press poll, but there are worse times to have to play such a highly ranked foe.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Live thread: Updates on which Washington State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Spokane-area prep players made NFL 53-man rosters

These next 24 hours are some of the most nerving on the football calendar for NFL hopefuls. All 32 teams will have their rosters trimmed to 53 players by 1 …


It could be a game of ‘Guess Who’ for Idaho when it comes to defense with the addition of several talented newcomers

It was a painful lesson, but in their return to the Big Sky Conference a year ago, the Idaho Vandals learned there is no such thing as extraneous turf. It …


Idaho Vandals season predictions: Vandals will find Big Sky success in their second year

Will it be a trip to the playoffs or an early offseason for the Vandals this year?


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 5:52 p.m.

Jeff Cotton, Lloyd Hightower exemplify Idaho Vandals’ improvement

From now on, Idaho will be into a regular-season routine of preparing for upcoming opponents, beginning with Penn State Aug. 31. But as the team leaves behind running endless reps …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Bigger, faster Idaho Vandals hold back-to-back scrimmages

With two weeks to go before the season opener, Idaho’s practices will begin to focus heavily on its plan for Penn State, according to head coach Paul Petrino.


Defense, wide receivers make standout plays in Idaho’s first scrimmage

In the competitive manner of brothers, Kaden and Christian Elliss kept a running tally of their respective exploits as members of the Idaho Vandals’ defense last season.


New Idaho athletic director Terry Gawlik believes in power of being connected

Gawlik comes to Idaho after 25 years in athletics administration at the University of Wisconsin, including 14 years as Senior Woman Administrator.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

Idaho coach Paul Petrino’s expectations high entering first fall scrimmage

But, in the early sessions of preseason camp, veteran receivers Jeff Cotton and Cutrell Haywood have played lights-out, and the secondary, of late, has begun to rise to the challenge. …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

With knee injury behind him, Idaho running back Dylan Thigpen has high hopes for this season

Two seasons ago, Dylan Thigpen was a breakout star in Idaho spring football. Every practice he pressed the defense. In a notable run in a scrimmage, he cleared a gap …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Terry Gawlik hired as University of Idaho athletic director

Terry Gawlik, senior associate athletic director for sports administration at the University of Wisconsin, has been hired to head the University of Idaho athletics department.


Idaho wide receivers Jeff Cotton, Curtell Haywood excited to take on leadership roles after first practice

The first practice was complete, and Jeff Cotton and Cutrell Haywood came off the field Saturday in the early Palouse twilight with the purposeful, satisfied air of people who had …


Vandals coach Paul Petrino hopes to see steady progress throughout season

The business of constructing an identity for the Idaho Vandals begins Saturday when they practice as a team for the first time in the 2019 preseason.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

Five questions to answer as fall camp gets underway at Idaho

Idaho suffered a rude awakening in its return to the Big Sky Conference last season.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Trio of Eastern Washington, Idaho players named to STATS preseason FCS All-American teams

Eastern Washington center Spencer Blackburn was the lone Eagle named to the STATS preseason FCS All-American team on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Five things to watch at the Big Sky Football Kickoff media event

For two days, downtown Spokane will be the epicenter of Big Sky Conference football.


UPDATED: Sat., April 27, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

Idaho linebacker Kaden Elliss selected by New Orleans Saints in seventh round of NFL draft

Add Kaden Elliss to the list of New Orleans Saints with Idaho ties.


Idaho football players’ charge to be amended

The misdemeanor petit theft charge to which University of Idaho football players Christian Elliss and Dalton Cash pleaded not guilty earlier this month will be amended to willful concealment after …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Rob Spear has a new job after controversial exit from University of Idaho

Former University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear has landed a new job in East Idaho.


Veteran offensive line sets tone in Idaho’s Silver and Gold Game

Although it has three practices next week focused on specific opponents in the upcoming season, Idaho, for the most part, culminated spring ball with its annual Silver and Gold game …