Idaho Vandals

Idaho’s quarterback race still tight after first football scrimmage of fall

Matt Linehan and Jake Luton each threw for nearly 200 yards Saturday in Moscow, combining for six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Linehan, the sophomore incumbent, was 20-of-36 for 199 yards and two short TD passes to Trent Cowan and Jacob Sannon. Luton, a redshirt freshman, was 12-of-22 for 196 yards. He struck with a 50-yard TD pass to Calvary Pugh and added scoring strikes to Callen Hightower, Aaron Duckworth and Jante Boston, but he also threw two interceptions to Linehan’s one.

Duckworth led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns, while Elijhaa Penny gained 43 on 13 attempts and scored twice. Sophomore receiver David Ungerer had 12 catches for 104 yards.

Broc Westlake led the defense with nine tackles, and Quinton Bradley and Tueni Lupeamanu each had two of the Vandals’ seven sacks. Russell Siavii, Desmond Banks and Jordan Frysinger snagged the interceptions.

“I liked it today because the two biggest things I wanted to see today was for us to run the ball well and for the defense to really hit and tackle. They did that,” coach Paul Petrino said. “I told the guys when we finished that we’re a lot tougher football team right now. That’s how you win games in the fourth quarter — being tough. That’s what we’re becoming.”