Idaho State 24

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Idaho 27

(1-2, 1-0 home)

5:00 PM ET, September 16, 2006

Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID

1 2 3 4 T
IDST 3 7 0 1424
IDHO 3 14 3 727

Top Performers

Passing: M. Gutierrez (IDST) - 274 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Flowers Jr. (IDHO) - 14 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Lacey (IDST) - 3 REC, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Idaho 27, Idaho State 24

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 seconds left.

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 Vandals.

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.