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Good Morning Vandal Nation: Nov. 30, 2009

30 Nov

As the morning dawns and students flock back to campus, we’re down in the home stretch of the semester. It was an up and down weekend for Idaho sports, but this week promises to hold great opportunities on the hardwood.

On Saturday, Idaho ended its home football season with an disappointing loss to Utah State, after defensive breakdowns once again put the Vandals in a hole they couldn’t dig out of. But Don Verlin’s hoopsters provided a boost that night with a decisive home win over Eastern Washington to go to 4-1, their best start in decades.

Then, Sunday brought the first victory for Idaho’s women, who struggled early on with shooting woes and the loss of team leader Derisa Taleni. Offense was not a problem, as the Vandals whipped up on Louisiana-Lafayette, 90-66.

This weekend promises to be a historic one for Idaho sports, as #25 Portland comes calling in Moscow Sunday. The Pilots, who have beaten Oregon, UCLA and #22 Minnesota, may be the first nationally-ranked non-conference team to ever take on the Vandals at home. That game will tip off at 5 p.m. and is scheduled for the Cowan Spectrum.

Now for the links:


  • Last night, Nevada made a strong showing in the defending national champions’ house, taking North Carolina down to the wire despite their lack of depth. Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal has the story from Chapel Hill, N.C. (props to the RGJ for sending him on the road) and observes that the Wolf Pack can claim a moral victory.


Good Morning Vandal Nation: Nov. 16, 2009

16 Nov

A weekend that began with such promise for Vandal sports ended with a couple big disappointments. The Vandals upset Utah on Friday night to open the hoops season, but things went upside down from there.

On Saturday, Idaho was blasted by No. 6 Boise State in the rivalry game, 63-25, and the volleyball team was handed its first home conference loss by No. 3 Hawaii. Last night, the Vandals were upset themselves on the hardwood, by an upstart Texas Southern team that forced 18 Idaho turnovers.

We hope the week to come is a happier one for Vandal sports — it’s been a weekend to forget.

It’s a bye week for football, but tonight, Idaho’s women open their hoops season against Gonzaga in Memorial Gym at 7 p.m. Let’s pack the gym and support the Vandal women!

On Thursday, volleyball closes out the WAC regular season with a home match against Boise State at 7 p.m.

Then, on Saturday, the Vandal men travel to Fargo, N.D. to take on the North Dakota State Bison at 2 p.m. We’ll be courtside with live coverage as Mac Hopson, Steffan Johnson and the rest try to get their season back on track.

Now for the links:



    Good Afternoon Vandal Nation: Nov. 10, 2009

    10 Nov

    With hoops season well and truly upon us, along with semesterly crunch time looming, we’ve been a bit buried early on. The morning posts are turning into afternoons — our apologies for that.

    So let’s get to the links:



    Good Afternoon Vandal Nation: Nov. 9, 2009

    9 Nov

    We’re late with the links today, as homework came calling, so let’s get right to them.

    The Vandals open their hoops season Friday at Utah and the football team heads to Boise for the rivalry showdown — we’ll have complete coverage of both games on Vandal Nation Live.

    Later this afternoon, we’ll post a quick video clip from today’s postmortem press conference with Robb Akey.



    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Nov. 5, 2009

    5 Nov

    We’re ramping up hoops coverage here at Vandal Nation — but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about football.

    Idaho’s Chelsea Small became the first Vandal ever named to the soccer All-WAC First Team. She led the WAC in shots with 101, scoring eight goals and adding four assists to lead the Vandals.

    Now for your morning links.



    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 29, 2009

    29 Oct

    It’s just about threatening to snow on the Palouse — and right on time, because hoops season is about to begin. In keeping with that, our hoops links section is starting to expand.

    Today, we’ll have live-tweet coverage from the Vandals’ volleyball match against New Mexico State at 7 p.m., as the Idaho spikers look to solidify a top-half seeding in the WAC Volleyball Tournament.

    A reminder: Students must pick up hard tickets for Saturday’s Homecoming game, which kicks off at 2 p.m. We’ll have complete previews coming up.



    • Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal starts a detailed WAC preview series with No.9 Hawaii.

    Midseason musings at midnight

    11 Oct

    The Vandals are halfway through their 12-game regular season, and that means this week is time for midseason report cards — which we’ll have as the week progresses.

    But while working on the Western Athletic Conference basketball preview (which starts tomorrow), a few tidbits came to mind that just can’t wait.

    Has any quarterback’s stock ever plunged so fast as Nate Enderle’s?
    • After enduring two awful seasons in which he had few viable receivers and no pass protection, Vandals starting signal-caller Nate Enderle started off this year looking like an entirely different player. He engineered the Vandals’ potent aerial assault and received national attention on ESPN’s College GameDay prior to a career-best performance against Colorado State. With eight touchdowns for just three picks, Nate was looking for all the world like one of the WAC’s best quarterbacks.
      Then on Saturday, Enderle had an admittedly horrible outing, throwing three interceptions and getting benched in favor of backup Brian Reader on the final, game-saving drive. Now, after he’s led Idaho to its best start in 15 years, the fans are once again calling for Nate’s job? Nonsense. He’s had one bad game out of six. Is our memory so short that we’ve forgotten who brought us where we are? With the record he’s built this season, Enderle deserves the benefit of the doubt.
    Trey Farquhar: the unsung hero of San Jose
    • Lost in the euphoria of Saturday’s comeback win was an amazing — and game-changing — performance by freshman kicker Trey Farquhar. After a JoJo Dickson interception gave Idaho the ball with one second left in the first half, Farquhar banged a 52-yard field goal straight through the uprights as time expired. The kick not only tied for the eighth-longest field goal in Vandal history, it proved a crucial margin in the game’s final seconds.
      When San Jose State got the ball with 1:10 on the clock and one timeout, they trailed by five points. Instead of being able to push just into field goal range, the Spartans were forced to go for a touchdown. A deep Farquhar kickoff made SJSU start the drive 87 yards away from the end zone. That kind of desperation, all-pass situation set up by Farquhar’s two huge boots undoubtedly helped lead to Kenneth Patten’s game-ending interception.
    Idaho can haz bowl game?
    • There are six games remaining on the Vandals’ schedule. Idaho must win at least one to become bowl-eligible; two victories would seal a late-December berth. The most likely candidate for an Idaho bowl is the game closest to home: the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl in Boise on Dec. 30. The WAC also has tie-ins with the Hawaii, New Mexico and Poinsettia bowls, so they’re all possibilities too. Given the Treasure Valley’s large alumni base, though, it seems a foregone conclusion that bowl eligibility for the Vandals means New Year’s on the blue turf.
      The only monkey-wrench in the system would be if Boise State were to win the WAC but not be invited to a BCS bowl; they would then theoretically have first dibs on the H-Bowl. But the Broncos spurned an H-Bowl invite last year, shunning their hometown game in favor of the Poinsettia Bowl in sunny San Diego. There’s not much reason to think they’d want to play in it this year, either.

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