University of Idaho (1-4, 0-1 WAC) vs. Louisiana Tech. (1-4, 0-1 WAC)
October 8, 2011 2:oo P.M. PT- Kibbie Dome/Moscow, ID
Idaho- The Vandals are oh so close to getting that momentum-changing win and to the surprise of many, almost got it last weekend against ACC foe Virginia. Although receiver Preston Davis won’t be cleared to play, the Vandals will receive a boost from running back Ryan Bass, who has missed Idaho’s last two games because of internal injuries. Idaho have struggled offensively but last weekend the special teams unit was near flawless and the defense fared extremely well against a potent Cavalier run offense. Containing quarterback Nick Isham will be crucial and if the defensive line can put pressure on the true freshman, Idaho will will be able to focus on running back Lennon Creer, who has notched six touchdowns on the season thus far.
La. Tech- The 2,236-mile trip from Ruston to Moscow will be the Bulldogs’ longest of the season so far. Despite their current three-game losing streak, La. Tech have proven to be competitive this season and three of their four losses were lost by10 points or less. Idaho’s Justin Veltung, a Paul Hornung Award watch list selection, had a career performance last year in Ruston, receiving for four touchdowns and 140 yards. La. Tech have allowed 15 receiving touchdowns this season and in addition to Veltung, must be weary of Mike Scott and Armauni Johnson, Idaho’s leading receivers. Lennon Creer has impressed this season with six rushing touchdowns and 474 total ground yards. Creer went for 179 yards and two rushing touchdowns in the Bulldogs 48-35 win against Idaho last year.
Other game notes
- La. Tech quarterback Nick Isham will turn 19 on Friday in Moscow.
- The last time the teams met in Moscow, La. Tech missed what would’ve been a game-winning field goal, giving Idaho the Homecoming victory.
- Idaho walk-on Justin Hernandez was awarded the WAC Verizon Special Teams Player of the Week after his blocked punt led to a Vandal touchdown last weekend in Charlottesville.
- La. Tech have yet to travel west of Houston this season.
- The teams have played a total of four times, La. Tech lead the series 4-2.
The line: La. Tech by 5
VN final analysis: This will be the second time in three years Idaho have hosted La. Tech for Homecoming. The Bulldogs have proven they are unable to close out games and Idaho need this win for a variety of different reasons. Idaho have shown they can compete with the ACC on the road and should be able to take control of Saturday’s game. Though the game may be competitive, Idaho will get their first WAC win of the season, and take it by no more than a touchdown.