Idaho Vandals: What we’ve learned so far this season

Moscow-Pullman Daily NewsSeptember 13, 2013 

Idaho (0-2) vs. Northern Illinois (1-0), 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kibbie Dome (630 AM)

STRUGGLING O-LINE

One of Idaho’s strengths was supposed to be the line. However, without the injured Cody Elenz, the offense has allowed 12 sacks in eight quarters — the most in the nation. It hasn’t done the running game any favors either, as running backs are averaging only 3.4 yards a carry.

THUNDER LEG

Besides making his first college field goal at Wyoming (41 yards), freshman Austin Rehkow also averaged 48.2 yards on nine punts. If the first two games are any indication, Rehkow could develop into one of the nation’s better punters.

MCCAIN A VIABLE OPTION

While it would be premature to say No. 1 quarterback Chad Chalich has done anything to merit bumping him down the depth chart, when Josh McCain was in the game against Wyoming, the Vandals moved the ball more efficiently. McCain ran 10 times for 49 yards and completed his only pass for 23 yards. Besides the disastrous fumble he lost and the 17-yard sack he got himself into, McCain was sharp and could have earned himself more playing time.

THIRD-DOWN STRUGGLES

Idaho moved the chains on just 5-of-20 third-down chances against Wyoming and is 10-of-34 for the season.

QUICK STARTS

The Vandals scored on the opening possession and got an onside kick in the opener against North Texas, while the defense held Wyoming scoreless in the first quarter of last week’s game.

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