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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