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
Bengals running back Josh Barnett led Idaho State with 94 yards
on 19 carries, while Idaho receivers Wendell Octave and Marlon
Haynes finished with 96 and 88 yards, respectively.