Making the first start of his career because Idaho’s top two quarterbacks were shelved with injuries, Colton Richardson threw for 228 yards and a touchdown Saturday to help the Vandals close their final FBS season with a win.
Alfonso Onunwor had four catches for 100 yards and a touchdown from Richardson, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Lewiston, and Aaron Duckworth rushed for 113 yards and a score as Idaho won 24-10 at Georgia State.
“It was great for the seniors. They’re bunch of great guys that give a lot to this program,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said. “I’m super happy for them to go out on this note, and proud for all their teammates that made sure they got to have their last game as a Vandal with a win.”
Idaho (4-8, 3-5 Sun Belt) is going back to the Football Championship Subdivision and the Big Sky Conference next year, after leaving in 1996. All other sports returned to the Big Sky in 2014.
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Against bowl-eligible Georgia State (6-5, 5-3), the Vandals seized the lead for good when Richardson threw a 65-yard score to Onunwor early in the second quarter.
Idaho’s defense was the difference after that, forcing a season-high four turnovers and shutting out the Panthers in the second half. Jalen Hoover intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.
Georgia State outgained Idaho 435 to 375 in total yards.