PHOTO GALLERY: Vandals Sprint Past Aggies

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Posted Oct 26, 2008


Idaho's much maligned young defensive unit held one of the Western Athletic Conference's top passing attacks to just 14 points Saturday afternoon, and the Vandal offense put together its best rushing effort of the season to amass 271 yards on the ground against New Mexico State. Idaho tailback PRINCETON MCCARTY had a career day, gaining 160 yards on 15 carries to propel Idaho to a 20-14 victory.

GAME BALL GOES TO... Redshirt freshman tailback Princeton McCarty on offense, and sophomore outside linebacker Justin Allen defensively. McCarty was virtually unstoppable in the first half, racking up most of his 160 yards rushing in the first two quarters alone. Defensively, Allen was all over the map for the Vandals, finishing second on the team with eight tackles, picking off a first half pass, and recovering a crucial second half fumble for Idaho with NMSU in scoring position.

HATS OFF TO... Idaho's special teams units today. Idaho field goal kicker Tino Amancio connected on a career best 52-yard attempt, then converted a 51-yarder in the fourth quarter to give Idaho the 20-14 lead the Vandals carried into the locker room at the end of the game. Kickoff specialist Vicente Rico had just one kickoff returned all afternoon, and punter T.J. Conley was unmatched all afternoon, averaging 44.3 yards on three punts on the afternoon. These senior specialists have been among the most consistent for Idaho this season, and they came up big for Idaho in the Homecoming victory.

AND ONE MORE HAT OFF TO... Senior defensive end Josh Shaw. Josh has been a key member of the Vandal defensive front since his true freshman season, and this year has been a starter in every game. He had the best game of his career Saturday, leading the Vandals with 10 tackles, TWO quarterback sacks, a total of three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. It was one of the best performances by a Vandal defensive end in years, and he gave the Idaho defensive front one of its best punches of the 2008 season.




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Redshirt freshman tailback PRINCETON MCCARTY gained 160 yards on 15 carries against New Mexico State, including a 54-yard touchdown run in the first half.
Senior field goal kicker TINO AMANCIO missed a 51-yard first half attempt against NMSU, then set a career record with a 52-yarder in the second half.  He then hit from 51 yards in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore outside linebacker JUSTIN ALLEN, a starter all season, had a phenominal game against NMSU, finishing second on the team with 8 tackles, this interception (above), and a fumble recovery.
Sophomore linebacker JUSTIN ALLEN's timely second half fumble recovery stopped a NMSU drive deep in Idaho territory.
Senior defensive end JOSH SHAW had a career game Saturday against NMSU, leading the Vandals with 10 tackles, including TWO sacks (his second half sack of Holbrook pictured above) and a forced fumble.
Senior defensive end JOSH SHAW makes his first sack of NMSU QB Chase Holbrook Saturday afternoon in the Dome.
Josh Shaw makes his third tackle behind the line against New Mexico State.  He also forced a fumble and QB hurry, in his most dominant game at Idaho.
Sophomore H-Back DANIEL HARDY hauls in this TD pass in the endzone for Idaho's second score against New Mexico State.  The impressive play was reviewed and stood.
Idaho quarterback legend JOHN FRIESZ and family were on hand for Idaho's Homecoming victory over New Mexico State.
Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game.
Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game.
Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game.
Joe Vandal 2008
Sophomore middle linebacker JONATHAN FARAIMO has been a workhorse all year, and against NMSU finished 3rd on the team with seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
Sophomore tailback DEONTE JACKSON finished Idaho's Homecoming victory with 66 hard fought yards on 18 carries and a long of nine yards.
Veteran left guard MIKE IUPATI (6-6.5, 342) and the Vandal offensive line were outstanding Saturday against New Mexico State, paving the way for Idaho to net a stellar 271 yards rushing.
Sophomore wide receiver DEWEY HALE returned two NMSU kickoffs Saturday for 59 yards, averaging almost 30 yards per return and giving Idaho great starting position.
Sophomore quarterback NATHAN ENDERLE did not have his best afternoon through the air (7-18, 2 INT, 59 yards, 1 TD), but made solid decisions as the game progressed and gained 19 yards on the ground.

Redshirt freshman tailback PRINCETON MCCARTY gained 160 yards on 15 carries against New Mexico State, including a 54-yard touchdown run in the first half.
Senior field goal kicker TINO AMANCIO missed a 51-yard first half attempt against NMSU, then set a career record with a 52-yarder in the second half. He then hit from 51 yards in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore outside linebacker JUSTIN ALLEN, a starter all season, had a phenominal game against NMSU, finishing second on the team with 8 tackles, this interception (above), and a fumble recovery.
Sophomore linebacker JUSTIN ALLEN's timely second half fumble recovery stopped a NMSU drive deep in Idaho territory.
Senior defensive end JOSH SHAW had a career game Saturday against NMSU, leading the Vandals with 10 tackles, including TWO sacks (his second half sack of Holbrook pictured above) and a forced fumble.
Senior defensive end JOSH SHAW makes his first sack of NMSU QB Chase Holbrook Saturday afternoon in the Dome.
Josh Shaw makes his third tackle behind the line against New Mexico State. He also forced a fumble and QB hurry, in his most dominant game at Idaho.
Sophomore H-Back DANIEL HARDY hauls in this TD pass in the endzone for Idaho's second score against New Mexico State. The impressive play was reviewed and stood.
Idaho quarterback legend JOHN FRIESZ and family were on hand for Idaho's Homecoming victory over New Mexico State.
Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game.
Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game.
Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game.
Joe Vandal 2008
Sophomore middle linebacker JONATHAN FARAIMO has been a workhorse all year, and against NMSU finished 3rd on the team with seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
Sophomore tailback DEONTE JACKSON finished Idaho's Homecoming victory with 66 hard fought yards on 18 carries and a long of nine yards.
Veteran left guard MIKE IUPATI (6-6.5, 342) and the Vandal offensive line were outstanding Saturday against New Mexico State, paving the way for Idaho to net a stellar 271 yards rushing.
Sophomore wide receiver DEWEY HALE returned two NMSU kickoffs Saturday for 59 yards, averaging almost 30 yards per return and giving Idaho great starting position.
Sophomore quarterback NATHAN ENDERLE did not have his best afternoon through the air (7-18, 2 INT, 59 yards, 1 TD), but made solid decisions as the game progressed and gained 19 yards on the ground.

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Redshirt freshman tailback PRINCETON MCCARTY gained 160 yards on 15 carries against New Mexico State, including a 54-yard touchdown run in the first half. Senior field goal kicker TINO AMANCIO missed a 51-yard first half attempt against NMSU, then set a career record with a 52-yarder in the second half.  He then hit from 51 yards in the fourth quarter. Sophomore outside linebacker JUSTIN ALLEN, a starter all season, had a phenominal game against NMSU, finishing second on the team with 8 tackles, this interception (above), and a fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker JUSTIN ALLEN's timely second half fumble recovery stopped a NMSU drive deep in Idaho territory. Senior defensive end JOSH SHAW had a career game Saturday against NMSU, leading the Vandals with 10 tackles, including TWO sacks (his second half sack of Holbrook pictured above) and a forced fumble. Senior defensive end JOSH SHAW makes his first sack of NMSU QB Chase Holbrook Saturday afternoon in the Dome. Josh Shaw makes his third tackle behind the line against New Mexico State.  He also forced a fumble and QB hurry, in his most dominant game at Idaho. Sophomore H-Back DANIEL HARDY hauls in this TD pass in the endzone for Idaho's second score against New Mexico State.  The impressive play was reviewed and stood. Idaho quarterback legend JOHN FRIESZ and family were on hand for Idaho's Homecoming victory over New Mexico State. Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game. Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game. Idaho's cheerleading unit leading the crowd at the 2008 Homecoming game. Joe Vandal 2008 Sophomore middle linebacker JONATHAN FARAIMO has been a workhorse all year, and against NMSU finished 3rd on the team with seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Sophomore tailback DEONTE JACKSON finished Idaho's Homecoming victory with 66 hard fought yards on 18 carries and a long of nine yards. Veteran left guard MIKE IUPATI (6-6.5, 342) and the Vandal offensive line were outstanding Saturday against New Mexico State, paving the way for Idaho to net a stellar 271 yards rushing. Sophomore wide receiver DEWEY HALE returned two NMSU kickoffs Saturday for 59 yards, averaging almost 30 yards per return and giving Idaho great starting position. Sophomore quarterback NATHAN ENDERLE did not have his best afternoon through the air (7-18, 2 INT, 59 yards, 1 TD), but made solid decisions as the game progressed and gained 19 yards on the ground.



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