Senior linebacker Mike Anderson, last week's WAC Defensive Player of the Week, and the rest of the Vandal defense came off one of their best games of the year against Utah State only to struggle in Reno on Saturday. The Wolf Pack possessed the ball 7 minutes more than the Vandals' stifled offense, and ate up yards in huge chunks in the process.
Although the game's outcome was far from what was anticipated, conditions for the game itself were spectacular. With a game time temperature of 68-degrees, broken clouds, and a light breeze at Nevada's Mackay Stadium, the setting was perfect for a Western Athletic Conference football game and the rekindling of an old rivalry.
|Quarterback Steve Wichman continues to impress despite Idaho's growing pains on the offensive line. The junior completed 25 of 49 passes for 275 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT while being sacked 3 times.
||Runningback Rolly Lumbala continues to adjust to Idaho's featured back role. The Sophomore gained 47 yards on 15 carries with a long of 13-yards at Nevada.|
|Junior strong tackle Hank Therien (6-7, 322) missed the Washington game earlier this year but has been a key member of Idaho's rebuilding offensive front.|
|Sophomore defensive end Ben Alexander continues to be one of Idaho's top tacklers. Saturday he was fourth on the team with 6 tackles. For the year he has 22 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception and 1 pass breakup.|
|Junior kicker / punter Mike Barrow had a solid day punting and kicking off despite not getting a field goal attempt. He did have one PAT attempt blocked.
||Sophomore Desmond Belton converted from wide receiver to free safety two weeks ago and saw significant playing time at Nevada.|
|Junior defensive tackle Ryan Davis has seen a lot of playing time this year, starting 3 games for Idaho. Against Nevada he had 3 tackles and 1 pass breakup.|
|Redshirt freshman Adam Korby, one of the young hosses on the line this fall, has started every game at center.|
|Sophomore nose guard Siua Musika, a starter and workhorse on the Vandal defensive line, has worked double-duty lately taking on the fullback role against Utah State in short yardage situations.|
|True freshman defensive end Josh Shaw has seen significant playing time this fall, backing senior Mike Bonelli.|
|Nevada senior runningback B.J. Mitchell lit up Idaho for 149 yards and 4 touchdown on 15 carries, including a long of 56 yards.|
|Vandals contain Mitchell on this play.|
|Idaho true sophomore offensive linemen Marcis Fennell (51) and Desmond Clark (73) lining up on the right side of the line. Marcis started the game at right guard, Desmond rotated in at multiple positions.|
|Runningback Rolly Lumbala gains 7 yards on this carry.|