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Vandals head to Nevada to wrap up 2011
Junior tailback Ryan Bass
The Sports Xchange
Special to GoVandals.net
Posted Nov 30, 2011
Junior tailback RYAN BASS and the Idaho Vandals will put a cap on what has been a disappointing 2011 season Saturday at Nevada. The Vandals (2-9 overall, 1-5 WAC) will try to beat the Wolf Pack (6-5, 4-2 WAC) for the first time since joining the WAC in 2005. It is the last chance for Idaho to do that since Nevada is heading to the Mountain West Conference next season.
likely will start senior
at quarterback after coming off one of his best performances of the season when he passed for 275 yards and a touchdown against
. He completed 27-of-39 passes with just one interception. He had been in a battle with sophomore
, who made a pair of starts in the middle of the season.
The Vandals have clinched last place in the WAC, a spot they last finished in 2007, which was current coach
's first season in Moscow.
The Vandals are 3-0 in games played in December since becoming a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
--Idaho needs a victory at
to avoid losing 10 games for the first time since 2008.
--Idaho has a streak of 48 consecutive games without being shut out.
--Idaho has 20 seniors who will be playing their final game of their career Dec. 3 at Nevada.
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads Idaho 19-9 (last meeting, 2010, 63-17 Nevada).
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Idaho ranks 112th nationally in total offense (301 yards per game) and is scoring just 21.9 points per game this season, which ranks 99th in FBS.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Idaho's defense ranks 92nd overall in the FBS. The Vandals allow 423 yards and 31.2 points per game.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm not excited obviously about what the won-loss record is this season. It's enough to make you want to puke." -- Idaho coach Robb Akey said after the Vandals lost their ninth game of the season to Utah State on Nov. 19.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
THIS WEEK'S GAME: Idaho at Nevada, Dec. 3 -- The Vandals try to avoid a 10-loss season against the Mountain West-bound Wolf Pack.
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Vandals must find a way to slow down Nevada's pistol offense, something it hasn't been able to do in recent seasons. Idaho needs to take care of the ball on offense, tackle well on defense and make plays on special teams to spoil the Wolf Pack's Senior Day.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
-- The senior middle linebacker leads the Vandals with 108 tackles and ranks fourth in the conference at 9.8 per game.
-- The senior running back needs 33 yards to establish a career-best season on the ground. He has 648 yards this season.
-- He ranks second in the nation in punting with an average of 46.89 yards per punt.
(foot) is questionable for the Nevada game.
(broken arm) is out for the rest of the season.
(leg) is doubtful for the Nevada game.
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