Archive | September, 2010

Photo Gallery: Idaho Vandals vs. UNLV Rebels

21 Sep

In case you missed Idaho’s victory over the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels, Argonaut photographer Kate Kucharzyk and Nick Groff were on hand to capture all the big plays. They were kind enough to share what they saw through the lens with us.

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Photo Gallery: Soccer defeats Gonzaga University

20 Sep

Lost in the shuffle of a near-shutout for Idaho football is the fact that the Vandals soccer squad has won five games in a row for the first time in school history. The team is off to their best start and has four games before the WAC conference season. Photographer Kate Kucharzyk compiled some of the best moment of Idaho’s 1-0 win over Gonzaga this Friday and was kind enough to share with us. Enjoy!

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Raw interviews from Saturdays 30-7 win over UNLV

19 Sep

Idaho had their way with the University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels on Saturday, nearlying completing their second shutout in three games. We’ll have a game story up soon, but for now enjoy some raw press-conference video with Akey and Co.

…And QB Nathan Enderle.

Vandal Nation Live: Idaho vs. UNLV

18 Sep

After a tough outing against Nebraska that showed the promise and peril of this year’s team, the Idaho Vandals return home to take on the UNLV Rebels in a bid to defend the Kibbie Dome turf on UI’s annual Dads Weekend. Under the lights and in front of national TV cameras broadcasting the game live on ESPNU, it’s Vandal Game Day once again!

In Lincoln, the Vandals’ defense stood strong and once again forced key turnovers, but offensive struggles and a series of ill-advised interceptions thrown by Nate Enderle blunted Idaho’s attack and led to a deflating defeat. Bouncing back will be key, as a victory tonight would keep the Silver and Gold on pace for bowl eligibility for the second consecutive year.

The Rebels are 0-2 to start the season, but both losses came against tough opponents: Wisconsin and Utah. Idaho last met UNLV in 2005, falling by the score of 34-31, and the Vandals trail in the all-time series, 3-2.

Join Vandal fans from across the nation as we once again bring you our play-by-play liveblog from the Kibbie Dome. Pregame starts at 7 p.m. Pacific time, kickoff at 7:30.

Click here for Vandal Nation Live commentary, analysis and chat!

Money, injuries and good defense

14 Sep

Idaho takes away the good, the bad and the ugly from Nebraska game

With a 38-17 loss to Nebraska and Idaho’s 21st consecutive loss to a BCS team behind them, Idaho coach Robb Akey said the team is ready to move on to the next game.
Akey was adamant about defending the chance to test the team’s mettle against high-calibur opponents.

“It’s great for our football team when we do it one time (a season),” Akey said. “To play a BCS opponent is an important thing for us. Having an opponent like this is a damn good thing because we are going to play somebody like that when we get to the bowl — you play one of the better teams in the country in bowl games.”

The $800,000 paycheck the university collected from visiting Nebraska doesn’t put a damper on the situation either.

Idaho received the largest payout in school history this weekend, dwarfing the previous $600,000 payout for traveling to the University of Southern California and the University of Arizona. Idaho schedules one big away game per year, with the funds propping up the athletic department’s $15 million budget.

Akey said the team can take away positives — mainly a defensive stand that limited No. 6 Nebraska to one touchdown in the second half — as learning points from the game moving forward.

“We had four goal line stands against that outfit, and two of them were in sudden change senarios — that’s big,” Akey said. “That is something that we can build from. If we can have goal line stands against those guys, I think we have a chance to turn this into a decent outfit.” Continue reading

Photo Gallery: USTA campus showdown

13 Sep

Argonaut’s Kate Kucharzyk dropped by the tennis action of the USTA campus showdown, which saw more than 50 players compete for bragging rights. Idaho took home the crown in both the men’s and women’s catagories, with Alex Joitoiu and Basia Maciocha taking the men’s and women’s title respectively. Thanks to Kate for some awesome action shots.

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Photo Gallery: Vandal volleyball vs Eastern Washington and Montana State

13 Sep

Argonaut’s Kate Kucharzyk is back yet again with another excellent batch of photos from the Idaho Vandal volleyball’s wins over Montana State and Eastern Washington. A big shout-out to Kate, who has been rocking the photos and helping us bring a more visual look to VandalNation!

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Nine seconds too long

11 Sep

LINCOLN, Neb. — An entire week of preparation for the Vandals evaporated in nine seconds.

Down by only 17 points, senior quarterback Nathan Enderle’s arm failed him, his receivers dried up, and in the span of nine seconds of possession, the Nebraska Cornhuskers put up 21 of their 38 points in a 38-17 win over the Vandals today, giving Nebraska its 500th home win.

“I guess everybody was right, we couldn’t beat those guys today,” said Idaho coach Robb Akey. “We gave the ball away, interceptions for touchdowns. That’s a damn good football team over there — they are ranked sixth in the country for a reason — and against a football team like that you can’t turn the ball over that many times. That really killed us.”

Over 85,000 fans, more than five times the capacity of the Kibbie Dome, saluted the Vandals as the team took the field following a performance of Idaho’s fight song by the University of Nebraska pep band. Enderle, who is from North Platte, Nebraska, received the warmest greetings from fans excited to see their home quarterback again.

On the field,  the Cornhuskers showed Enderle little love, blitzing Idaho’s offensive line and putting up seven sacks on Enderle and fellow quarterback Brian Reader.

When not on his back, Enderle was busy running and dodging from closing linesmen. In the rare occasion Enderle got time in the pocket, his receivers would be well defended and covered.

Akey said the Nebraska defense covered Idaho’s receivers, but also said he expected more from the team on the offense.

“We’ve got to do more than put 17 points up,” Akey said. “If there is an interception for a touchdown so be it. Our defense goes back on the field and they have the opportunity to get an interception. We have the opportunity to create fumbles and our specialty teams have the opportunity to produce — we win as a team, and when things don’t go well, we lose as a team.”

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Photo Gallery: Vandal Volleyball falls to Cal Poly

10 Sep

The University of Idaho volleyball team fell to Cal Poly in their home opener and Argonaut photographer Kate Kucharzyk provides us a visual look at the game for those who couldn’t make it. Kudos to Kate for sharing them with us.

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Photo gallery: Vandal Volleyball

6 Sep

Better late than never! Due to a technical glitch, we weren’t able to get these up for a while, but Kate Kucharzyk of the UI Argonaut followed the UI volleyball team over to WSU for their match-ups in the Cougar Classic.

A big shout-out to Kate, who kindly shared these photos with us. Look for more of her work here on Vandal Nation, and be sure to visit her profile.

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Vandals blank North Dakota, snap 13-year shutout drought

2 Sep

The last time Idaho and North Dakota met in college football was in 1954, when the Vandals handed the Fighting Sioux a 45-0 loss in old Neale Stadium.

Tonight in the Kibbie Dome, Idaho proved that history does repeat itself.

Backed by the Vandals’ best defensive performance in more than a decade, Idaho knocked out the Fighting Sioux, 45-0 — a score identical to the mark set 56 years ago.

Apart from a busted drive to open the game, the Vandals (1-0) pretty much had their way with North Dakota (0-1), a Football Championship Subdivision team from the Great West Football Conference. Seven of 14 Idaho drives led to scores, six of them touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Nate Enderle shook off a string of early sacks to throw for 311 yards and two scores on 24-of-37 passing, while backup Brian Reader racked up another 88 yards and one touchdown. Just under 12,000 fans cheered the Vandals’ first home-opening win since 1998.

Probably more important than the Vandals’ big offensive numbers, however, was the absence of any points on the other side of the scoreboard. After a bowl-winning 2009 season that was marred by an unending string of defensive lapses, senior safety Shiloh Keo said his unit was determined to redeem itself this year. In coming up with Idaho’s first shutout since 1997 — albeit against an FCS team — he felt a corner has been turned.

“It’s taken five years but we finally threw out a goose egg,” Keo said. “We have a long way to go and there were mistakes made out there, but we believe this can be a great defense. We were able to show a glimpse of that tonight.”

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Vandal Nation Live: Idaho vs. North Dakota

2 Sep

That’s right, it’s football season again — and tonight, Idaho kicks off what the Vandals hope will be a worthy followup to the team’s most successful season in more than a decade. After winning the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl in spectacular, heart-stopping fashion, there’s expectations for the Silver and Gold once again.

The North Dakota Fighting Sioux are an FCS squad from the Great West Conference, and while this game may seem like just a tune-up for a bowl-champion FBS team like Idaho, the Vandals can’t afford to overlook anyone. History is littered with FCS-over-FBS upsets — most notably Appalachian State’s monster win at Michigan — and the Fighting Sioux aren’t going to roll over and play dead.

Can Robb Akey, Nate Enderle and the rest of the Vandals lead Idaho to a second-straight season opening victory? We’ll find out in just a few hours.

Join Vandal fans from across the nation as we once again bring you our play-by-play liveblog from the Kibbie Dome. Pregame starts at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time, kickoff at 6.

Click here for Vandal Nation Live commentary, analysis and chat!


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