The College of Idaho football team won its first home game since 1977 on Saturday, defeating Montana Western 31-28 before nearly 5,000 fans at Simplot Stadium. The Coyotes, who disbanded their football team after the 1977 season and restarted play this season, are now 2-0.
College of Idaho forced five turnovers, including three interceptions by former Bishop Kelly High standout Cory Brady, in the victory. The Coyotes took their only lead of the game on a 22-yard field goal by Luke Taylor with 7 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The defense made it hold up.
Fans crowded into Simplot Stadium for Saturday's opener, occupying the recently added bleachers behind the end zone. Many others watched from the adjacent Caldwell Night Rodeo grounds.
Gov. Butch Otter, an alum of College of Idaho, handled the coin flip. College of Idaho received the ball.
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UMW — Tyler Hulse 38 run (Connor Greth kick), 9:46. Drive: 5 plays, 60 yards.
COI — Teejay Gordon 5 run (Luke Taylor kick), 2:05. Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 6:10.
UMW — Sam Rutherford 2 run (Greth kick)
COI — Gordon 3 run (Taylor kick)
UMW — Matthew Fuhrman 11 pass from Hulse (Greth kick), 8:59.
COI — Austin Diffey 21 pass from Gordon (Taylor kick), 5:49.
UMW — Hulse 1 run (Greth kick), :34
COI — Kyle Merritt 7 run (Taylor kick), 13:20
COI — Taylor 22 field goal, 7:24