Vandals look to bounce back against Appalachian State - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Vandals look to bounce back against Appalachian State

Photo: Idaho Athletics Photo: Idaho Athletics

By Idaho Athletics

Moscow, Idaho | Kibbie Dome
TV: ESPN3
Radio: Vandal Radio Network / GoVandals.com
 
THE GAME: Idaho hosts Appalachian State Saturday, at the Kibbie Dome. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. PT, and will be available on ESPN3. The Vandals (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) are looking for their first win in the all-time series with the Mountaineers (3-2, 2-0 Sun Belt). Appalachian State leads the series 3-0, winning each of the last three seasons in conference play. The only previous meeting in Moscow was in 2015.
 
WATCH LIVE: The game will be available on ESPN3. Trey Bender will handle play-by-play with Jay Taylor providing analysis.
Channel Finder
ESPN3 – ESPN.com/Watch or the ESPN App
 
LISTEN: Dennis Patchin is in his third season as the radio voice of the Vandals. Patchin will call play-by-play alongside Vandal legend Ryan Phillips, who will provide color commentary. The game can be heard on the Vandal Radio Network and online at GoVandals.com. Find stations on the network HERE.
 
ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE: The Mountaineers feature the Sun Belt's reigning offensive and defensive players of the week. Running back Jalin Moore rushed for 241 yards and two touchdowns, while defensive back Clifton Duck picked off three passes to help Appalachian State beat New Mexico State 45-31 Saturday, and move to 2-0 in conference play.
 
BOUNCE BACK: Idaho has won 9 of its last 13 games and has not suffered back-to-back conference losses since 2015, losing three straight including a Nov. 14 home game against Appalachian State. Idaho has not lost consecutive home games since 2014, suffering league losses to South Alabama and Texas State.
 
LIVING IN THE BACKFIELD: The Vandal defense leads the Sun Belt and rank 15th nationally with three sacks per game. Idaho recorded seven sacks against Louisiana (Oct. 7), the Vandals' most in a single game since 1999, when they tallied eight against Nevada (Nov. 6). The seven sacks are tied for seventh most in a game in the country this season. Senior Leonard Hazewood is tied for 12th in the country, averaging 0.9 sacks per game. Idaho is second in the Sun Belt and 32nd nationally, averaging seven tackles for loss per game.
 
NO FLY ZONE: Idaho's pass defense ranks among the nation's best. The Vandals are allowing 163.8 yards per game through the air, the top mark in the Sun Belt and No. 14 in the country. Idaho has held three of its five opponents to fewer than 200 passing yards, and has allowed just three touchdown passes this season. The Vandals have given up just three "explosive plays" (30+ yards) in the passing game this year.
 
COFFEY COMING THROUGH: Freshman kicker Cade Coffey has won Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice in the past three weeks and is establishing himself as one of the top kickers and punters in the conference. Coffey is 7-for-8 on field goal attempts this season, making his last six. He ranks among the Sun Belt leaders in field goal percentage (1st; .875), field goals made per game (2nd; 1.4) and punt average (1st; 46.4 yards). His punt average ranks No. 7 nationally.
 
GROUND GAME STRONG: Aaron Duckworth (87.8 yards per game) and Isaiah Saunders (58.6 ypg) are combining for 146.4 yards per game this season, the most by any duo in the Sun Belt this season. Duckworth ranks third in the league, while Saunders checks in at 10th. Idaho and Georgia Southern are the only two schools with multiple players in the top 10 of the league for rushing yards per game.
 
DOING IT ALL: As Idaho's starting running back and primary kickoff returner and a capable receiver out of the backfield, Aaron Duckworth is averaging 150.2 all-purpose yards per game. Duckworth's per-game average leads the Sun Belt and is good for No. 12 in the country. His 87.8 rushing yards per contest rank No. 3 in the Sun Belt and 38th nationally.

  • College

    • No. 6 Gonzaga earns WCC title with 79-65 win over BYU

      Needing a win to secure an outright conference title, the Gonzaga Bulldogs raced out to a lead and never looked back Saturday on the road at BYU. The Bulldogs topped the Cougars 79-65 in front of 18,987 fans at the Marriott Center.  Johnathan Williams scored 16 points while Zach Norvell Jr. added 15 points and five rebounds for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs finish the regular season at 27-4 overall and 17-1 in West Coast Conference play. They have now ...

    • Photo: Idaho Athletics

      Vandals bounce back with big win at Weber State

      Without one of their veterans, the Vandals needed somebody to step up on Saturday night.  Instead, everybody did, as Idaho took the 68-62 win over Weber State on the road to get win number 20 on the season.

    • Bliznyuk reaches 2,000 points in Eagles' win at ISU

      Senior Bogdan Bliznyuk went over the 2,000-point mark in his career and finished with a game-high 17, but three other Eagles scored in double figures as the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team beat Idaho State 74-69 in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday (Feb. 24) in Pocatello.

    • Whitworth Athletics

      Roach, Whitworth stun Whitman 91-88 in NWC tournament championship

      WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Kyle Roach's three-pointer as time expired lifted visiting Whitworth University to a stunning 91-88 win over top-ranked Whitman College in the championship of the Northwest Conference men's basketball tournament on Saturday night in Whitman's Sherwood Center. Roach, the 2018 NWC Player of the Year, hit his shot over a defender from about 27 feet to lift the 4th-ranked Pirates to 24-3 and hand the Bucs the NWC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournam...
    • (Photo: Robert Hubner)

      Cougars Can't Complete Comeback at Stanford

      For the second game in a row it came down to the final seconds for Washington State, but this time it didn’t go the Cougars way. Stanford Freshman Daejon Davis hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds to play, sealing an 86-84 win for Stanford over Washington State on Saturday. Robert Franks scored 19 points to lead the Cougars, who fall to 11-17 overall and 3-13 in conference play. Malachi Flynn and Drick Bernstine each added 16 points, a season...
    • EWU Comes from Behind to Top Idaho State on Senior Day

      CHENEY, Wash. – It was a Senior Day that Mariah Cunningham and Delaney Hodgins likely won't forget at Reese Court. The Eastern Washington women's basketball team was down 60-44 with 7:37 remaining when they exploded on a 22-4 run in the fourth quarter to pick up a crucial Big Sky Conference victory over Idaho State, 66-44.   "The biggest thing is momentum. We are really trying to play good basketball this time of year. Going into Reno, we want to be p...

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/