PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Jayson Bird had 25 carries for 171 yards
and two touchdowns to lead Idaho past Arkansas State Saturday in a
battle between Sun Belt Conference cellar-dwellers.
The Vandals were down 21-20 at halftime, but got the lead with
an 18-point third quarter. The final TD of that outburst was a
61-yard interception returned by Dan Dykes that seemed to knock the
wind out of the Indians (2-7, 2-3 Sun Belt).
On the next play from scrimmage, Arkansas State coughed up the
ball on its own 34-yard-line and Idaho recovered -- setting up
Bird's second touchdown.
With the victory, the Vandals (3-7, 2-4) matched their win total
from last season under first-year coach Nick Holt.
Arkansas State's Nick Noce completed 19 of 43 passes for 264
yards and two touchdowns and added 50 yards on 11 rushes, but ended
up with four interceptions.
The game was played at Martin Stadium on the Washington State
University campus near Idaho in an attempt to boost attendance,
which was listed at 9,425.