|Vandals can't handle Wolf Pack|
RENO, Nev. – A good start didn’t wind up a good ending for the Idaho Vandals Saturday at Nevada.
The Vandals marched within field goal range twice in the early going of their Western Athletic Conference football game against the Wolf Pack and the defense was steady throughout the first quarter. But, neither of the first two field goals hit the mark and the Wolf Pack offense, behind the hot hand of Tyler Lantrip, started to sizzle and the result was a 56-3 loss at Mackay Stadium.
“The way things started,” coach Robb Akey said, “I thought we’d have a chance. Then we didn’t get the stops made. We didn’t play well on offense.”
And the wheels fell off.
After Trey Farquhar’s 48-yard field goal attempt hit the upright, Nevada took a 7-0 lead with 20 seconds left in the first quarter on a six-yard Lampford Mark run. A little more than five minutes later the Wolf Pack made it 14-0 on a 63-yard pass play from Lantrip to Aaron Bradley, who caught the ball near the line of scrimmage before finding an opening down the right sideline to score with 9:58 to go in the opening half.
The Vandals finally scored on Trey Farquhar’s 19-yard field goal after they drove to the Nevada two before stalling. With 5:44 left in the second quarter, the Wolf Pack led 14-3. Lantrip went to Bradley again – this time with a 15-yarder, to push the Wolf Pack out to a 21-3 advantage with 2:37 before halftime. Nevada made it 28-3 with 10 seconds left in the half when Lantrip found Tray Session with a 28-yard scoring strike.
It was a storyline that would be repeated throughout the second half.
“I’m very disappointed in how we ended the season,” Akey said. “I don’t like the won-loss record. This is embarrassing to me.”
For senior Kama Bailey, who had 26 rushing yards and 43 receiving yards, it was a painful way to end the season.
“We were moving the ball,” he said. “We just weren’t finishing.
“This is not how we wanted to go out.”
Gary Walker and Tre`Shawn Robinson continued to be the defensive sparks for the Vandals with Walker accounting for 11 tackles (six solo and five assists) and Robinson for a total of nine (five solo and four assists), which includes one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.