Idaho football notebook: DeRuyter vents at Idaho coaches

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comOctober 6, 2013 

MOSCOW - There was no drama in the result of Saturday's game at the Kibbie Dome, but the sidelines provided plenty.

As Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter walked off the field at halftime, leading 47-0, he was hardly pleased, aiming his ire at Idaho coaches as he spoke to Fresno radio station 940 AM. The Bulldogs' coach believed Idaho was intending to injure quarterback Derek Carr.

"We're gonna score 100,'' DeRuyter said, according to the station. "That's how we keep our guys interested. They keep playing that way … they're being instructed by their head coach to hit our guys late. He's yelling on the sideline to hit our QB late. He's going to get what he deserves.''

Following the game, DeRuyter and Idaho coach Paul Petrino talked while holding onto a handshake for about 20 seconds. When asked what was said, DeRuyter paused and said, "He said, 'Good game,' and I wished him well.''

In his postgame press conference, DeRuyter backed off his comments slightly, but admitted he's never been so upset at the half of a game.

"There were some words from their sideline toward our quarterback, and we didn't appreciate it, but it's over now,'' DeRuyter said. "Someone on their staff was yelling - you'll have to ask them what was said. From what we were told what was said, I was fired up.''

Petrino is no stranger to awkward postage handshakes, as cameras caught Washington State coach Mike Leach swearing at him after their game Sept. 21. After Saturday's game, he said it was likely a misunderstanding, and made sure to find Carr after meeting with DeRuyter.

"I tried to recruit that kid in high school, I love that kid,'' Petrino said. "I told him that before the game. Told him, 'Good luck' afterwards. I think he might have heard at sometime somebody on the sideline say, 'Hit the quarterback.' But I don't think we ever touched him. He surely wasn't targeted. I'm not sure how he ever got touched.''

The Vandals were not credited with a sack or a hit on the quarterback. Carr, who threw for 419 yards and five TDs, did not directly comment on the situation, but did say he believed the offensive line kept him upright the whole game.

"I don't care about that stuff, it's football,'' Carr said. "I let coach DeRuyter and our people handle all that stuff.''


Backup quarterback Josh McCain, who did not play last week because of a poor week of practice, according to Petrino, went down with what appeared to be a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. "I don't think it's real good,'' Petrino said.

Defensive end Quinton Bradley missed a third straight game, and guard Dallas Sandberg missed his second straight. True freshman Steven Matlock, a Capital High grad, got his second consecutive start in Sandberg's place.


Idaho quarterback Chad Chalich was sacked on what appeared to be the game's final play, but Petrino called a timeout with one second left. The Vandals had a third-and-16 at their own 26. Then, on what proved to truly be the final play, Chalich was sacked again. The Bulldogs put Chalich on the turf six times.

"Get another play in,'' Petrino said. "Every play we can take, we need.''

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