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WAC recap: Vandals get off schnide, ready to start new one

Idaho's losing streak to Division I-A schools is over. However, its losing streak to Division I-A schools not coached by Hal Mumme is still in tact.

Thanks to 160 yards by freshman RB Princeton McCarty, the Vandals pulled out the 20-14 win at home over New Mexico State on Saturday. Head coach Robb Akey was exaggeratory in victory.

"That's about a 750,000 ton gorilla that just got ripped off our backs today," Idaho coach Robb Akey said.

That's a big gorilla.

The win was their first in over two years against schools that compete at the same level as the Vandals. As such, you can excuse the atmosphere in the Kibbie Dome from being a tad over-the-top.

Vandals players showered Akey with Gatorade after the win as hundreds of students and fans rushed onto the field after the homecoming victory.

Act like you've been there before, Idaho. Oh. That's right. You haven't.

Other WAC scores:


Hawaii 38, Nevada 31
Play of the game: Brent Alexander's 24-yard TD pass to Malcolm Lane with 20 seconds to play.
What it means: Hawaii might be bowl eligible after all
Incredulous reaction: Wolf Pack fans

Fresno State 30, Utah State 28
Play of the game: Kevin Goessling's last-second, 58-yard field goal for the win
What it means: Utah State isn't that bad or Fresno State is that bad
Incredulous reaction: Graham Watson

Army 14, Louisiana Tech 7
Play of the game: Ian Smith's second touchdown of the game with 10:00 left in the fourth quarter
What it means: the Ross Jenkins QB experiment (8-for-19, 84 yards) is not particularly working
Incredulous reaction: no one