A capacity crowd stormed the Kibbie Dome field tonight after junior quarterback Nathan Enderle led the Idaho Vandals to a stirring comeback victory over Colorado State, 31-29. With the win, Idaho improved to 4-1 on the season — its best start since 1994.
The Vandals fell behind the Rams 14-0 after Enderle threw an interception in the end zone on the Vandals’ first drive. Idaho went into the locker room trailing by 10. But on the opening drive of the second half, Enderle engineered a length-of-the-field drive in just 90 seconds, finishing with a 45-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Eric Greenwood. That brought Idaho within a field goal, and swung the game momentum for good.
“It really shows growth as a team for us to come back from behind like that,” Enderle said.
On the game, Enderle threw for 333 yards on 25-for-38 passing, three touchdowns and one interception.
Safety Shiloh Keo sealed the game by intercepting Ram quarterback Grant Stucker with 1:04 left to play. Keo also made two key special teams plays — stopping a two-point conversion try which would have tied the game and downing a Colorado State onside kick attempt.
“The first half was a struggle, but in the second half we decided to let loose and just rip on their secondary,” Greenwood said. ”(The interception) wasn’t the best way to start a game, but we weren’t feeling too down because we saw that we could drive down on them.”
Greenwood, who hauled in six catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, said the victory is a signal to the college football world, and to the 16,000 Vandal fans who packed the Dome: Idaho is for real.
“I’m tired of hearing about nothing but Boise State,” he said. “The fans deserve this. They came out, they have a lot of faith in us and we wanted to reward them.”
Wideout Max Komar pulled down a touchdown of his own, to go with a career-high 152 yards on 12 catches.
We’ll have much more in the morning. Check back!