MOSCOW, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) Either the Idaho Football team was still celebrating the win over Sacramento State, or UNLV was so embarrassed that it made history losing to Towson, that the team quickly pushed the reset button headed forth through the season.
Anyway, the Rebels blew out the Vandals in Moscow Saturday night, 44–16.
The loss snaps a six–game winning streak, dating back to last season for Idaho.
Senior quarterback Matt Linehan finished the game 22–of–34 for 261 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
He became the fifth quarterback in Idaho history to eclipse 9,000 passing yards for his career.
UNLV's 44 points are the most allowed by the Vandals at home since Appalachian State scored 47 on November 14, 2015.
UNLV dismantled the secondary, scoring on plays of 94, 62 and 60 yards.
The 94–yard reception was the longest pass play in program history for the Rebels.
Idaho head coach Paul Petrino said, "I didn't do a good enough job getting this team ready to play. I didn't make sure they executed things, so that's a bad day."
"We started off last year with a couple of losses and that didn't define our season. It's definitely not going to define our season this year. We always fight, we always work hard and we're going to do that the rest of the season, explained senior wide receiver Jacob Sannon.
The Vandals travel to Western Michigan this week. The kickoff slated for 5:00 pm MT time on Saturday.