Only four teams in college football’s top division boast longer winning streaks than the Idaho Vandals, who opened the season with a 28-6 defeat of Sacramento State on Thursday in Moscow.
The Vandals have won six straight, including the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to cap last season. This is their longest winning streak since 1994.
Quarterback Matt Linehan led the Vandals with 14-of-19 passing for 163 yards and two touchdowns but tossed two interceptions. Running back Aaron Duckworth added 19 carries for 142 yards and a touchdown, plus 49 receiving yards.
The Vandals limited Sacramento State of the Football Championship Subdivision to 190 yards and eight first downs.
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Idaho returns to the Kibbie Dome to face UNLV on Sept. 9.
Idaho State 37, Western Oregon 6
Tanner Gueller threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, and Idaho State beat Division II Western Oregon in the season debut for both.
Western Oregon led 6-3 at halftime but early in the third, Idaho State’s Adkin Aguirre picked off Nick Duckworth’s pass at Western Oregon’s 42-yard line. Gueller then led an 11-play, 42-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jake Johnson to give the Bengals their first lead. Gueller threw a 71-yard score to Austin Campbell to extend the lead to 16-6.
Early in the fourth, Ty Flanagan padded the lead to 23-6 with a 20-yard TD run with 12:28 to play.
Flanagan ran for 100 yards on 14 carries. Duckworth threw for 288 yards and Paul Revis had 13 catches for 137 yards.