Despite 362 yards on 27-of-41 passing by Matt Linehan and 153 all-purpose yards by Richard Montgomery, the Idaho Vandals couldn’t overcome Western Michigan in a non-conference football game at the Kibbie Dome Saturday night.
“Disappointed,” said coach Paul Petrino when asked about his thoughts on the game. “I thought Matt Linehan competed his butt off. At times, some other guys made some good plays but overall it wasn’t good enough. I was really expecting a lot better effort.”
The Broncos used the running of freshman Jarvion Franklin to pound away at the Vandals. He racked up 210 yards on 33 carries and scored three times. His long play of 39 yards was one of a number of big plays that doomed the Vandals. There were pass plays of 61 and 57 yards, a 57-yard interception return and a 42-yard kickoff return.
“We can say whatever we want about it,” Petrino said, “they kicked our butt. They out-executed us. They out-coached us and out-played us.”
His players echoed his thoughts.
Linehan, who as back-to-back 300-plus games in his first season, said there were building blocks in the game.
“Offensively,” he said, “we did some good things today. Our mentality, especially in practice, has to improve. … We’re close though. We have to do a better job of fighting to the end.”
Linehan went to nine receivers during the game. Joshua McCain led the way with seven for 128 yards with Montgomery pulling in three for 88 yards, which includes at 62-yard scoring play that pulled the Vandals to within 21-17 early the second quarter. From that point on, though, the Broncos were the ones with the big plays and, but for a safety in the waning seconds of the quarter, protected their end zone and went into the half with a 35-19 lead.
“You’re not going to win too many games when you give up 45 points,” defensive end Maxx Forde said. “Credit to them but we’ve got to do our job. It didn’t feel like we tackled well enough.”
Montgomery rounded out his all-purpose rushing with 53 yards on two kickoff returns.
Jordan Grabski led the defense with 11 tackles with Jayshawn Jordan adding eight. Ford and Marc Millan had tackles for loss with Quayshawne Buckley tallying the team’s lone sack.