Idaho Vandals celebrates first conference win since 2006 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Idaho Vandals celebrates first conference win since 2006

MOSCOW, Idaho - Finally, Vandal fans have something to celebrate.  The University of Idaho snapped its 17 game conference losing streak over the weekend, beating New Mexico State 20-14.

Not only did Idaho break its conference losing streak, but the team also ended its 23 game losing streak against FBS teams.

"That's about a 750,000-tom gorilla that just got ripped off our backs today," Akey said in a news release issued by the school on Saturday.

After the Vandals' win, players and fans rushed the field to highlight what was Homecoming week at the school.

Idaho won on the backs of redshirt freshman running Princeton McCarty who rushed for a career-high 161 yards on 15 carries.  He went 54 yards to score a touchdown in the first quarter.

As a team, the Vandals rushed for 271 yards.

The Vandals also relied on their kicker, Tino Amancio, who scored a career-long 52-yard field goal, as well as a 51-yarder to seal the win with 1:29 remaining in the game.

The Aggies had a chance to win in the closing seconds, but Idaho's Isaac Butts picked of Aggies quarterback Chase Holbrook at the Idaho 5.  Time expired during the runback, and the Vandals celebrated their first win in the WAC since 2006.