Photo Gallery: Idaho vs NIU

Maurice Shaw tries to haul in a fourth quarter TD

Against Northern Illinois redshirt freshman QB Nathan Enderle set a UI freshman record with 423 yards passing, sophomore Shiloh Keo set a UI record with a 100 yard punt return, and freshman wide receivers MAURICE SHAW and Eric Greenwood played key roles in Idaho's comeback attempt that fell 18 yards and 7 points short. Inside is a photo essay of the game.

BIRD GAINS 124 ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: University of Idaho junior tailback Jayson Bird played an enormous role in Idaho's comeback attempt Saturday afternoon. For the day he caught five passes for 72 yards and carried the ball eight times for 52 yards (6.5 yards per carry), including the aerial flip above just short of the endzone.

EMERGING TALENT: True freshman wide receiver Maurice Shaw burst on the scene last week against Washington State, tearing the ball from a Coug defender in the endzone and having the presence of mind to keep his feet inbounds for an Idaho first half touchdown. This week against NIU, Shaw hauled in five catches for 86 yards and another touchdown, as well as an impressive array of acrobatic catches.

GO-TO MAN: Sophomore wide receiver Max Komar led Idaho Saturday with five receptions for 92 yards on the afternoon. Most of his catches came in clutch third down situations to keep Idaho's second half comeback attempt alive.

AN AMAZING TALENT: Idaho sophomore safety Shiloh Keo has had a phenomenal start to the 2007 season. Expected to be one of Idaho's defensive leaders at the start of the season, he has become an overall team leader. Saturday he set a new Idaho record with a 100 yard punt return for a touchdown that sparked Idaho's second half comeback attempt. He leads the team in interceptions (3) and is among the team leader in tackles. He has an amazing nose for the football, and regularly makes plays that spark the Vandals on both sides of the ball.

ABLE TO LEAP OVER BUILDINGS IN A SINGLE BOUND: Idaho redshirt freshman tailback Deonte Jackson gained 111 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns Saturday afternoon, and did most of it in the first half before going out of the game with an injury in the third quarter with an injury (he played later in the game on Idaho's onside kick attempt). Through the first four games he has rushed for 537 yards, scored three touchdowns, and is averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

MATURING IN A HURRY: Idaho redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Enderle set a new University of Idaho freshman record when he threw for 423 yards against Northern Illinois, completing 50% of his passes on the afternoon (27 of 54 attempts). Although he was sacked five times on the afternoon and had three of his passes picked off (two were deflected off the hands of receivers), he scored two touchdowns through the air and led Idaho on its comeback attempt, erasing a 35-7 first half deficit to come within 18-yards of tying the game on the last play of the game. His 423 yard performance is tied for 9th all-time in the Idaho record books.

PLAYING WITH HEART: Idaho junior linebacker Andrew Blevins (#46) earned his most significant playing time of the season, filling in for injured starting defensive end Ben Alexander. Blevins was impressive, finishing third on the team with 7 tackles (5 solo), including one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. He plays with a tremendous motor and intensity is becoming a more prominent part of the Vandal defense each week.

BELATED CONGRATULATIONS: Idaho senior strongside linebacker Brandon Ogletree was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week for his impressive performance two weeks ago against Cal Poly, and we didn't give the 6-3, 235 pound senior his due. He claimed the starting outside linebacker position in spring camp and has been phenomenal throughout the non-conference season this year. Saturday was again no exception as he finished with four tackles on the afternoon and was around the ball all day.

GOOD HANDS PEOPLE: Idaho true freshman wide receiver Eric Greenwood, a 6-6, 200 pounder who has seen significant playing time in all four games this preseason, nabbed the onside kick (shown above) that gave Idaho an opportunity to tie the game on the last drive of the fourth quarter. It was a kick which was absolutely, perfectly placed by kicker Tino Amancio, and Greenwood was able to convert the play to keep Idaho's comeback attempt alive.

TOP H-BACK SCORES FIRST TD OF THE SEASON: Idaho junior H-Back / tightend Eddie Williams hauled in his first TD pass of the season for Idaho, scoring on this fourth quarter 15 yard strike that cut NIU's lead to 42-35 with 1:01 left in the game. Going into Saturday's game Williams was Idaho's #2 receiver with 10 catches for 123 yards. Saturday he finished with four catches for 50 yards against NIU.

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