MOSCOW – There is no place like “Dome” for the Idaho Vandals, and that sentiment couldn’t be more true following a rough road trip to Missoula over the weekend. To put it lightly, the Vandals weren’t in Idaho anymore. Okay, that’s enough corny Wizard of Oz references.
After back to back wins in front of the home crowd, Idaho once again couldn’t turn that momentum into any kind of success on the road. The Montana Grizzlies slashed their way through the Vandal defense with ease last Saturday on their way to a 42-17 blowout win over the Vandals.
Whatever the case may be, it’s clear Paul Petrino’s team is much more comfortable at home, than on the road. The loss to Montana brings the Vandals road record to 0-5 in 2019, while they are 4-1 inside the Kibbie Dome. Paul Petrino can’t get his team back to Moscow quick enough, even if it means having to welcome in another one of the Big Sky’s top teams, Sacramento State.
The biggest cause for concern is the offensive scoring, or lack there of on the road. In visiting stadiums, the Vandal offense is managing to muster up an average of just 12.8 points per game. When playing at home, that average nearly triples, ballooning all the way up to 35.4 points per game.
Redshirt freshman Aundre Carter continues to lead the team in rushing, accumulating over 600 yards and seven scores on the ground. The teams leading receiver, Jeff Cotton, is well on his way to a 1,000 yard season. Cotton has already caught 70 balls for 911 yards and five scores.
Sacramento State comes in riding the wave of a last second thriller victory. The Hornets (6-3) took down Northern Arizona in a 38-34 barnburner, which saw Sacramento State score two times in the games final two minutes for the win.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Dunniway has been thrust into the spotlight the last two weeks for the Hornets after an injury to starter Kevin Thompson in the teams 36-17 loss to Weber State. In his first full game of action against Northern Arizona, Dunniway was impressive. He completed 27 of 44 passes for 384 yards, throwing four touchdowns and just one interception.
Hornets kicker Devon Medeiros was named Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season after knocking down all six of his kicks in the game. Medeiros accounted for eight of the teams 38 points, including a successful onside kick when his team needed it the most.
You can listen to the game locally on Saturday, at 2:00 P.M. on 96.9 KORT, or by watching it on PlutoTV.