Courtesy: Ilya Pinchuk (Moscow, Idaho)
|Vandals head to New Mexico State|
Both teams are 1-10 and coming off losses in the state of Florida – Idaho to No. 2 Florida State and New Mexico State to Florida Atlantic.
PAUL PETRINO is in his first season at Idaho and his first as a head coach. While it is his first head coaching job, it is not Petrino’s first stint at Idaho. His coaching career began at Carroll College (his alma mater, 1989). From Carroll, he went to Idaho where he coached running back, receivers and special teams from 1992-94. From Idaho it was on to Utah State (1995-97), Louisville (1998-99), Southern Mississippi (2000-02), Louisville (2003-06), Atlanta Falcons (2007), Arkansas (2008-09), Illinois (2010-11) and Arkansas (2012).
DOUG MARTIN is in his first season at New Mexico State and in his second stint as a head coach. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he began his coaching career then as a graduate assistant before stops at East Texas State (1989-91) and East Carolina (1992-02) before accepting the head coaching job at Kent State. He was 29-53 at Kent State before spending 2011 as an assistant at New Mexico State and 2012 as an assistant at Boston College before returning to NMSU as the head coach this season.
Idaho is playing the 2013 season as an FBS independent before rejoining the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. The Vandals have been independent previously – 1893-1907 and 1959-62. There are six other independent FBS programs – Army, BYU, Navy, New Mexico State, Notre Dame and Old Dominion.
This is the 20th game between Idaho and New Mexico State. The Vandals lead the series 14-5 and have won four of the last five. The series first was played in 1971. Idaho won last year in Moscow and the Aggies won the last time the game was at Las Cruces.
There is no television for Saturday’s game.