Idaho picks up Big Sky Conference win

MOSCOW, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Idaho bounced back Saturday, taking down Portland State with ease, 20–7.

The Vandals built up a 20–0 lead at halftime, scoring on its first three drives and blocked a punt for a touchdown.

Jalen Hoover blocked the punt that resulted in a Lloyd Hightower 32–yard touchdown return.

Isaiah Saunders led the Idaho offense with 99 rushing yards, while Jeff Cotton hauled in four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.

For the first time this season, Mason Petrino was the sole quarterback for the game. He finished with 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

"The blocked kick, so Hoov blocked it and I seen it was blocked, then I saw Tevin, but Tevin saw somebody going for it, laid him out, then just left the ball sitting out there for me. I just finished it off," explained junior defensive back Lloyd Hightower.

Junior quarterback Mason Petrino explained, "offense set a great tempo in the first half, we had an 18 play drive and a 15 yard drive, we settled for field goals, which was disappointing." "But we controlled the ball so much, we gave our defense a great chance. The second half we had really good first and second down plays, we just have to convert those third down plays, we just got to convert those third downs."

"Second half I thought our defense the first drive was not good, after that they played well. Offensively, I think I got too conservative to be honest with you, but defense was playing well. I wanted to run some clock, I wanted to get some first downs and I wanted to win the game," added head coach Paul Petrino.

Idaho moves to 1-1 in Big Sky play.

They clash with the Bengals of Idaho State on Saturday, October 6th, kick-off is slated for 3:30 p.m. MT.

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