The Vandal football team improved to 3-3 on the season and a perfect 2-0 in WAC competition with their 28-20 Homecoming victory over New Mexico State Saturday afternoon in the Dome. As part of the game's festivities, Idaho unveiled a NEW streamlined Joe Vandal mascot. Expect to see the new Joe become a much more active part of Vandal Game Day. Inside are more images from the game.
Idaho running back Brian Flowers, center, scores a touchdown despite a swarm of Aggie defenders in the second quarter against New Mexico State, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. Idaho won 28-20. Flowers finished the day with a game-high 91 rushing yards on 19 carries (4.8 yards per carry), two touchdowns, and 20 yards receiving on two receptions. (AP Photo/Roger Ames)
Idaho wide receiver Wendell Octave runs in a touchdown past New Mexico State's Eric Carrie in the first quarter. Octave finished with 64 yards on three receptions with TWO touchdowns and a long of 29 yards. Behind the scenes, from our vantage point anyway, he led a wide receiver unit that delivered some of the finest downfield blocking of the season for this group. Idaho needs the receivers to block down field, and the group appeared to do a more effective job of it this week.(AP Photo/Roger Ames)
Idaho quarterback Steve Wichman runs the ball just out of reach of New Mexico State's Michael Hernishin in the second quarter. Wichman finished with a very solid 298 yards passing, completing 19 of 27 attempts with 2 TDs and 1 INT. He was sacked just twice. (AP Photo/Roger Ames)
Vandal offensive linemen Kris Anderson (65), Marcis Fennell (51), and the rest of the Idaho O-line controlled the line of scrimmage about as well Saturday afternoon as they have all season.
Junior cornerback phenom Stanley Franks (6) grabbed his fifth interception on the season, and got some lead blocks by David Vobora (40) and Jaron Williams (behind Vobora) for an 18 yard return. Franks is four interceptions away from tying an interception record of 9 in a season that has stood for almost 40 years.
The NEW Joe Vandal mascot is a slimmed down, more mobile version of his predecessor.
An energetic crowd of 15,107 was on hand for Idaho's 2006 Homecoming victory over New Mexico State in the Dome. The student section was outstanding Saturday and they were a disruptive force throughout the game.|