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Analysis: Idaho makes a Big Sky statement with upset victory of perennial conference power Eastern Washington

The Idaho team that was supposed to show up last year and run roughshod over the Big Sky Conference finally arrived.


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.


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 …


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.


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. …


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.


Eastern Washington Eagles have some fun at Big Sky Kickoff

With a free-flowing mullet matching his father’s college hairdo, Eastern Washington defensive lineman Dylan Ledbetter was the life of the Big Sky Kickoff party.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Vandals’ offensive linemen gelling this spring

Following the Vandals practice Monday, Idaho coach Paul Petrino delivered a fundamental precept. “Whatever team hits the other team’s quarterback most usually wins.”


Receiver Cutrell Haywood thrills during Idaho’s spring football scrimmage

If the Idaho Vandals rise up and take control of a football game next fall, the foundation for such upheaval may have been laid in a play in Friday’s scrimmage.


Vandals developing new identity on defense

No longer ago than last spring, Idaho’s impressionable young defenders could sit around the locker room after practice and listen to the old linebackers tell stories about their Super Bowl …


Vandals’ spring camp has Spartan feel to it

Looking for a sure thing? Bet heavily and confidently that the Idaho Vandals will be watching “300” for a pre-game movie next fall.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

Vandals’ Collin Sather diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer

No one should have to learn it like this, but Collin Sather, who said in high school “the most important thing to me is to be a coachable player,” is …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

Idaho football inks 10 more players to 2019 class, including pair of Boise State transfers

Along with 14 early signees, nine of whom are already enrolled, the Vandals feature a class of 24 newcomers, with possibly one more late signing to occur.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Idaho bolsters big-play potential, adds numbers in the trenches on first day of NCAA early signing period

The Vandals could also get immediate help from Satchel Escalante, a 6-0, 182-pound safety from Scottsdale Community College in Casa Grande. Arizona, and Siliweinusi “Vei” Tomasi, 6-1, 310, and a …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Idaho Vandals go into contest against No. 15 Florida with bowl-game mentality

The Idaho Vandals are playing out the final game in a 4-6 season. But instead of finding themselves in a Big Sky Conference outpost in early winter, the Vandals on …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 7:02 p.m.

Idaho hosts former Big Sky rival Montana with perfect home record, Little Brown Stein on the line

Among the arcane assortment of cups, boots, boats, bells, buckets, artillery and statuary that comprise trophies in college football rivalries, Idaho coach Paul Petrino may have vied for one of …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Idaho opens two-game homestand against independent North Dakota

After practice one day early this week, when everyone had jogged into the locker room, Idaho senior linebackers Kaden Elliss and Ed Hall and a couple of teammates reassembled on …


Methodical Vandals wear down Portland State for first Big Sky Conference football win in 23 years

Idaho fashioned its first Big Sky Conference football victory since its return to the conference after 23 years away, wearing down Portland State 20-7 on Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Vandals’ tasks are simple: Show up and win against Portland State

To jump-start a Big Sky Conference season that was becalmed in a decisive 44-21 loss to UC Davis last week, Idaho needs to do at least two things on Saturday …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Idaho uses second-half surge to top Western New Mexico for first win of season

Surviving a first-half test when it fell behind, settling into its assignments and physically wearing down Western New Mexico as the game wore on allowed Idaho to finish with a …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Idaho football hopes to bounce back quickly against Western New Mexico

Whatever else Idaho sees when it opens the home season Saturday against Western New Mexico, the Vandals will be facing a team that must really like football. The Mustangs endured …


Idaho hopes to keep Fresno State grounded, off-balance in opener

Job one for Idaho when it opens the season against Fresno State Saturday is to introduce doubt to the Bulldogs.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 7:42 a.m.

Idaho Vandals take game-day approach to final scrimmage before opening week

With little more than a week to go before its season-opening game with Fresno State, Idaho loosened the training wheels a bit Friday.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

Idaho quarterbacks, run defense shine in high-scoring scrimmage

Quarterbacks Mason Petrino and Colton Richardson combined to throw for 10 touchdowns. Petrino tossed eight, completing three to Connor Whitney and a pair to Cutrell Haywood, who also caught a …


Idaho football hopes transition to Big Sky gives young offensive line chance to mesh

Offensive line play just fundamentally looks right when it is working. Apply force, move a resisting object. Jump out at the correct angle and cut off an object vectoring toward …


Former running back Aaron Duckworth getting used to new role with Vandals

When last seen in connection with University of Idaho football in December, Aaron Duckworth was lighting up Georgia State for 113 yards and a touchdown to finish a 1,025-yard rushing …