Vandals look to bounce back and stay positive

MOSCOW, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) Idaho travels to New Mexico this week with the hopes of knocking off the Aggies.

After a bowl-winning season last year, 2017 did not play out like Vandal fans wanted.

All four of the conference losses were decided by six points or less.

Coastal Carolina snapped a nine-game losing streak with the win in Moscow over the weekend.

The Vandals' only trip to the end zone came on an 18-yard pass from Mason Petrino to Alfonso Onunwor in the first possession. They never scored again and lost 13-7.

Quarterback Matt Linehan is still not available as of today, but head coach Paul Petrino isn't sure about the weekend.

Now the Vandals are 3-7 and will not be bowl eligible in their final year in the FBS, as they needed to win their last three games.

"Our Vandal creed over there is No. 1 I'll choose character. That's what it's going to come down to who chooses character. the guys who choose character who practice their tails off all week and they're going to go out and play as hard as they can," head coach Paul Petrino explained.

For linebacker Kaden Elliss, he said in regards to the loss to Coastal Carolina, "it's senior night and we wanted to finish off the year strong in the dome. We wanted to finish off strong for the seniors. It was a game I thought we should have won in the game and even going in. Last 41 seconds, I think was on the clock and still thinking we should win. You know, that was just my belief, and how I was telling everyone that we were gonna win, you know? With everything happens, sack-it was just, we should still win this game. And sometimes when you have such a strong belief, and it doesn't happen, it hurts. But you just have to move forward.

Idaho at New Mexico State
Saturday, Nov. 25 | 2:05 p.m. MT
Las Cruces, N.M. | Aggie Memorial Stadium

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