MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Brian Flowers' fourth-quarter touchdown run
made the difference as Idaho hung on for a 27-24 nonconference win
over Idaho State on Saturday -- Dennis Erickson's first victory
since returning to coach the Vandals.
Erickson, who coached two national championship teams at
University of Miami in 1989 and 1991, first coached Idaho from
1982-85. His last win with the team came on Nov. 23, 1985, a 44-27
decision over Boise State in Moscow.
Flowers, who finished with 91 yards on 14 carries, scored from 9
yards out with 2:27 left. He also highlighted the scoring drive
with a 36-yard run.
Idaho State (1-2) answered late in the final period when
quarterback Matt Gutierrez scored on a 1-yard run to cut the
Vandals' lead to three points. The ensuing onside kick was secured
by Idaho's Max Komar with less than a minute to go, and the Vandals
(1-2) ran out the clock.
The Vandals' Rolly Lumbala scored a pair of second-quarter
touchdowns on runs of 1 and 2 yards as Idaho built a 17-3 lead with
less than two minutes left in the first half. The Bengals climbed
within a touchdown after a 72-yard drive was capped off by a
23-yard touchdown pass to Dane Simmons from Gutierrez with 6.7
The Bengals had their chances, but a pair of interceptions by
Idaho's Stanley Franks, the second of which came in the third
quarter at the Idaho 1-yard line, and a missed Dan Ziedman field
goal from 39 yards in the third quarter clinched the game for the