Big Damm Preview: Game 4 – Idaho vs. #8 UC Davis

Fresh off a narrow victory on the bye week, the Vandals head to California to face former BSU head coach Dan Hawkins and his undefeated UC Davis Aggies, who claim a rare FCS-over-FBS victory after beating Tulsa in the opening week of the season.

Last Game:
Two weeks ago, Idaho was shut out by Oregon State 42-0 on a rainy day in Corvallis.

Last week, UC Davis took down the then-14th ranked Weber State Wildcats 17-14 in Ogden.

Last Meeting:
In the spring season, Idaho jumped out to a 10-0 lead before UC Davis scored the final three touchdowns of the game on their way to a 27-17 victory inside the Kibbie Dome.

Quarterbacks:
WHO IS IT GOING TO BE? Idaho head coach Paul Petrino has decided on a starter, but will not be announcing the starter until the first offensive series this weekend. CJ Jordan got the bulk of the reps against Oregon State, going 7 for 16 with 37 yards and two INTs. Jordan also rushed for a net gain of 55 yards. Mike Beaudry went 6 for 9 with 47 yards in the few series he received. Zach Borisch (#LetBorischThrow) did not register a pass or rush attempt. Have any of the QBs done enough to claim the job outright? For a further breakdown on the quarterback situation, check out Chris Hammond’s statistical breakdown here:

As for the Aggies, they’re in a different type of quarterback quandary. Established QB1 Hunter Rodrigues has played quite well so far, posting a stat line of 72 for 117 (61.5%) with six TDs and just one INT. Rodrigues is also their second leading rusher, with 124 net yards and two TDs on the ground. However, Rodrigues was hurt in the fourth quarter of the win over Weber State and redshirt freshman Miles Hastings stepped in. Hastings went 7 for 9 with 50 yards, and converted both a third down and a fourth down while leading the Aggies to the two yard line. From there, reserve QB/Wildcat Trent Tompkins came in and punched in the TD to finish off the last-minute comeback.
Will Rodrigues be healthy enough to play this week? If Rodrigues is ailing, did Hastings show enough to play until Rodrigues is back to 100%? Will the Aggies trot out Tompkins and run a wildcat/option offense? Much like Idaho’s situation, UC Davis isn’t expected to announce their plans until the game is underway.

Idaho’s Key Players/Statistics:
Coming into conference play, Hayden Hatten leads the team in receiving even after missing the Oregon State game, with 12 receptions for 200 yards and 3 TDs. Terez Traynor (10 catches, 99 yards) and Michael Noil (8 catches, 98 yards) are the only other receivers with more than five receptions. On the ground, CJ Jordan’s 121 net yards and one TD paces the team, while Roshaun Johnson and Elisha Cummings lead the running backs with 91 yards/three TDs and 84 yards/one TD respectively.

Defensively, Tre Walker and Fa’Avae Fa’Avae lead the team with 24 and 22 tackles. Charles Akanno has recovered from his Achilles injury, leading the team with four tackles for loss, and is one of seven Vandals with a sack. Idaho has not forced a fumble this season, but Tyrese Dedmon and Sean McCormick each have an interception.

Caleb Lightbourn is off to a great start replacing friend of Tubs (and Idaho legend) Cade Coffey, averaging 48.3 yards per punt.

UC Davis’s Key Players/Statistics:
The Aggie offense runs through former All-Big Sky Conference running back Ulonzo Gilliam Jr., who has rushed for 361 net yards and four TDs on the year, while also receiving 69 yards [editor’s note: nice] and a TD. Former All-Big Sky Conference receiver Jared Harrell leads the receiving core with 19 receptions for 289 yards and two TDs, while 2021 Spring All-Big Sky Conference first-team tight end McCallen Castles has 10 receptions for 160 yards and three TDs. 2021 Preseason All-Big Sky Conference center Connor Pettek anchors the offensive line.

2021 Preseason All-Big Sky Conference defensive back Jordan Perryman leads a secondary filled with ball-hawks, as the Aggies have 16 pass breakups and 10 interceptions in four games. Bryce Rodgers (who has too many All-Big Sky commendations to comfortably list here) leads the front seven with 2.5 sacks, four QB hurries, and a fumble recovery.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be Tubs at The Club without mentioning Daniel Whelan, the Aggie punter who edged out Coffey for first-team All-Big Sky honors last season and received most major preseason FCS accolades this year.

Key to the Game:
It would be easy to say Idaho’s starting QB has to play well, so we’ll go a different direction. Regardless of who UC Davis trots out at QB, can the Idaho secondary make strides from the matchup in the spring? Rodrigues completed almost 80% of his throws in the Kibbie Dome, and that number will have to be considerably lower this time around for the Vandals to have a chance.

Game Predictions:
Producer Dallas: UC Davis just got through the toughest part of their schedule, winning on the road against an FBS school that went bowling last season, as well as knocking off four-time defending Big Sky Conference champions Weber State in Ogden. This is one of the most talented teams in the nation, led by a head coach I’ll begrudgingly admit is very good when he’s not starting his son at QB. No matter who takes snaps for Idaho, I just don’t see Idaho scoring enough to keep up. UC Davis wins, 27-14.
Boatman: UC Davis 34-24
Brian: UC Davis 38-17
Chris: UC Davis 30-20

QB1: The STATS

Here are just the Stats. You make the call.

2021 (3 games in)

Mike Beaudry | R-Senior

Passing

QBR:126.26

Attempts: 60

Completions: 39

Comp %: 65

Yards: 359

Yards per att: 5.99

Yards per comp: 9.2

TD: 2

TD per att:1 every 30

TD per comp:1 every 19.5

INT: 0

INT per att: 0

Long: 35

Rushing

Carries: 14

Yards: 83

Yards per carry: 5.9

TD:0

TD per carry:0

Caleb Jordan | Freshman

Passing

QBR 107.2

Attempts: 31

Completion: 14

Comp %: 45.16

Yards: 198

Yards per att: 6.3

Yards per comp: 14.1

TD: 2

TD per att:1 every 15.5

TD per comp:1 every 7

INT: 2

INT per att: 1 every 15.5

Long: 71

Rushing

Carries: 21

Yards: 139

Yards per Carry: 6.6

TD: 1

TD per carry:1 in every 21

Zach Borisch | R-Soph

Passing

QBR: 0

Attempts: 0

Completions: 0

Comp %: 0

Yards: 0

Yards per att: 0

Yards per comp: 0

TD: 0

TD per att:0

TD per comp:0

INT: 0

INT per att: 0

Long: 0

Rushing

Carries: 10

Yards: 49

Yards per Carry: 4.9

TDs: 0

TD per carry:0

2020

Mike Beaudry | R-Senior

Passing

QBR: 116.74

Attempts: 122

Completions: 73

Comp%: 59.35

Yards: 794

Yards per att: 6.5

Yards per comp: 10.9

TD: 3

TD per att:1 in every 41

TD per comp:1 in every 24.3

INT: 3

INT per att:1 in every 41

Long: 49

Rushing

Carries: 25

Yards: 134

Yards per carry: 5.36

TD: 1

TDs per carry: 1 in every 25

Caleb Jordan | Freshman

Passing

QBR: 116.19

Attempts: 27

Completions: 16

Comp%: 59.26

Yards: 183

Yards per att: 6.8

Yards per comp: 11.4

TD: 0

TD per att:0

TD per comp:0

INT: 0

INT per att:0

Long: 23

Rushing

Carries: 14

Yards: 65

Yards per carry: 4.6

TDs: 1*

TDs per carry: 1 in every 14

Zach Borisch | R-Soph

Passing

QBR: 96.67

Attempts: 12

Comletions: 6

Comp%: 50

Yards: 75

Yards per att: 6.3

Yards per comp: 12.5

TD: 1

TD per att:1 in 12

TD per comp:1 in 6

INT: 3

INT per att:1 in 4

Long: 25

Rushing

Carries: 48

Yards: 300

Yards Per carry: 6.3

TDs: 2

TDs per carry: 1 in every 24

Total Over Past 2 Seasons

Mike Beaudry | R-Senior

QBR: 120.5

Attempts: 182

Completions: 112

Comp%: 61.5

Yards: 1,153

Yards per att: 6.3

Yards per comp: 10.3

TDs: 5

TD per att:1 in every 36.4

TD per comp:1 in 22.4

INT: 3

INT per att:1 in every 60.7

Long: 49

Rushing

Carries: 39

Yards: 217

Yards per carry: 5.6

TD: 1

TD per carry:1 in every 39

Caleb Jordan | Freshman

QBR: 111.4

Attempts: 58

Completions: 30

Comp%: 51.7

Yards: 381

Yards per att: 6.5

Yards per comp: 12.7

TDs: 2

TD per att: 1 in every 29

TD per comp:1 in every 15

INT: 2

INT per att:1 in every 29

Long: 71

Rushing

Carries: 35

Yards: 204

Yards per carry: 5.8

TD: 2*

TD per carry:1 in every 17.5

Zach Borisch | R-Soph

QBR: 96.67

Attempts: 12

Comletions: 6

Comp%: 50

Yards: 75

Yards per att: 6.3

Yards per comp: 12.5

TDs: 1

TD per att:1 in 12

TD per comp:1 in 6

INT: 3

INT per att:1 in 4

Long: 25

Rushing

Carries: 58

Yards: 349

Yards Per carry: 6

TDs: 2

TD per carry:1 in every 29

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Big Sky Power Rankings Week 5

Reminder this is a “Power Ranking.” It means different things to different people. Some view it as the best team, some view it as hottest team at the moment. At the end of the year, the team that wins the conference may not be No. 1 in our rankings. We had 9 voters this week.

This week [Last Week] | Team | First Place Votes

1. [1] Montana (9)

Last Week: W Vs Cal Poly 39-7

This Week: @ #6 Eastern Washington

My Ranking: 1

Unanimous numero uno! But the first real FCS test is this week on the windy inferno in Cheney on ESPN2. Look they have looked good against, you know bottom dwelling FCS teams sagarin ranked 172 & 218 (out of 258). Then of course the Husky elephant in the room a win against power 5 Washington who are 2-2 and just beat Cal in OT 31-24. Meanwhile Cal beat Sac State by only 12 the week prior.

They are getting the respect they deserve, but man oh man a win in Cheney would be huge to real quall my doubts. Per Colter Nuanez on ESPN Missoula “The red turf was installed in 2010 at Roos Field in Cheney, WA. The Griz are 0-5 since then on the Inferno.”

Not only would a win this week quall my doubts, but would probably help beat away some of the 2010s ghosts beating around Missoula. You break your 5 games lose streak to the Eagles, that game for another streak breaker November 23rd becomes less mental.

2. [2] UC Davis

Last Week:W #19 Weber State 17-14

This Week: v Idaho

My Ranking: 2

UC Davis was my darling pick this fall to be a dark horse and they are looking to be every part of it. All they have done so far is take care of business. 4-0 with FBS win, Top 15 FCS win, and two blowouts of lesser FCS opponents.

The game last week vs Weber may have just secured them a playoff spot, pending a colossal collapse. Their playoff resume sits at 4.5 wins.

QB Hunter Rodrigues is proving to be the next step at QB after Jake Maier took them to national prominence. Pair that with a top 3 RB in the Big Sky (Ulonzo Giliam Jr) and some stud pass catchers (Jared Harrell & McCallan Castles).

They have a more impressive resume than Montana, and probably have a legit gripe with these rankings and not receiving a 1st place vote. The Sagarin rankings of the teams they have beat 86, 243, 117, 228. Very comparable to Montana but with the extra win and one being Top 25 in the FCS.

Aggies fans are staring to pop out of the woodwork online and should be proud of the progress this team has made.

3. [4] Eastern Washington

Last Week W @ Southern Utah 50-21

The farewell tour headliner is this weekend at the home venue. Tickets are expensive, capacity is being added. Can Eric Barrierre have a performance like we are used to? Or will Montanas physical front 7 cause the issues for Barrierre and the band have had in the past.

The home fans and all the groupies circles this show when the calendar came out. This show is the show of shows on the tour. They have been waiting since 2016 to have this show back at home.

They need a good show. They have really only been playing smaller intimate shows. Wins vs sagarin ranked 172, 197, 144 and a team not ranked due to being D2.

They due have one comparable which is absolutely, totally and unequivocally going to show how Saturdays game will got.

Montana 42 Western Illinois 7

Eastern Washington 62 Western Illinois 56

4. [3] Montana State

Last Week: W @ Portland State 30-17

This Week: vs Northern Colorado

My Ranking 5

This one should stir some drama. You view it as either Montana State maybe having a bit of a letdown vs Portland State, or handling a “top 5 Big Sky Program” in Portland State.

When the real story is this game went exactly how it was suppose to. Spread was -13… boom, that’s a push.

For Bobcat fans, you are correct a 29 point win at Southern Utah vs 13 point win at Portland State doesn’t quite seem different, or impressive enough to justify being jumped in the poll. Then you see I have you at 5 and divert your energy to me, realizing it is probably my fault.

Look love me some Bobcats. But you guys just haven’t beaten anyone worth a damn. Sagarin ranked 244, 186, 243. By far the easiest schedule so far in the Big Sky. Just keep winning and you will move up.

5. [5] Weber State

Last Week: L vs #8 UC Davis 14-17

This Week: @ Cal Poly

My Ranking: 4

From the easiest schedule in the big sky to the hardest. Weber State has had to face two top 8 teams and a potential Pac-12 south champion. They have not had an easy time of it. To make things harder they lost their starting QB Bronson Barron for the those ranked matchups.

Not going to make excuses for them. They were suppose to be better than 1-3 entering week 5 this year. They have made it to the FCS Semi-finals before with below average QB play.

Good news is their schedule gets easier from here on out. With only 2 games that should even challenge them with 1 at home. that said they can really only afford to lose 1 more from here on out. Weber is reeling.

Oh and that ball was defiantly uncatchable.

6. [7] Sacramento State

Last Week: W @ Idaho State 23-21

This Week: Bye Week

My Ranking: 9

I still don’t quite understand why everyone else in the Big Sky Podcast network still has this team even close to floating around the top 5.

To be fair, there is a clear top tier this year and a large middle with some a few stragglers.

Right now, Sac is the king of the middle I guess.

7. [9] Portland State

Last Week: L vs #11 Montana State 17-30

This Week: @ Southern Utah

My Ranking: 6

Not a fan of losing a game and moving up in the standings. But it happens. Call it the Montana Effect. You play a team from the state of Montana and play ok, you will move up.

8. [12] Northern Colorado

Last Week: W Northern Arizona 17-10 OT

This Week: vs #11 Montana State

My Ranking: 7

They are like that Katy Perry song. They are hot, then they are cold, up and then down, in then out.

Dylan McCaffery is back in and they win the game. Without him they lose to a team like Lamar.

But even so, NAU seems to be having some struggles. They needed a bigger win to really look threatening for this season. But it appears they will play a playoff spoiler role this year. Which is better then cellar dweller like they had been.

9. [11] Idaho

Last Week: Bye Week

This Week: vs #8 UC Davis

My Ranking: 8

Talk about benefiting from some bad, bad play in front of you. When you have a -84 scoring margin in your two most recent games, probably shouldn’t move up. But hey, this pulls them closer to where I have them ranked. So maybe more people just calmed down, and looked at actual talent on the team and not the scoring margin?

10. [10] Idaho State

Last Week: L vs Sacramento State 21-23

This Week: vs Northern Arizona

My Ranking: 10

The Bengals did me dirty. 0-3 to start the season with a loss to Sac State. Just…no.

t-11. Southern Utah

Last Week: L vs #6 Eastern Washington 21-50

This Week: vs Portland State

My Ranking: 12

SUU just can’t put it together. Had a chance to catch EWU sleeping. That didn’t happen.

t-11. Northern Arizona

Last Week: L @ Northern Colorado 10-17 OT

This Week: vs Idaho State

My Ranking: 11

Just look lost on offense. Which is shocking because they are DEEP at Wideout and seemed to find the guy running the rock in Hall.

13. Cal Poly

Last Week: L @ #4 Montana 7-39

This Week: vs #19 Weber State

My Ranking:13

I mean, people believe in Baldwin, just not yet.

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Big Sky Power Rankings Week 4

Reminder this is a “Power Ranking.” It means different things to different people. Some view it as the best team, some view it as hottest team at the moment. At the end of the year, the team that wins the conference may not be No. 1 in our rankings. We had 15 voters this week.

This week | Team | Point total (First Place Votes)

1. Montana

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs Cal Poly

My Ranking: 1

Still Riding high after the stunner against the puppies on Lake Washington, where I may have been only FCS personality to take the Griz confidently. And Yes! I will continue to toot my own horn about it!

They get a warmup this week against Cal Poly before a top 10 FCS clash under the lights on ESPN next weekend. Rumor has it College Gameday may attend…

2. UC Davis

Last Week:W vs Dixie State 60-27

This Week: @ #14 Weber State

My Ranking: 2

UC Davis having a storybook OOC. Beat a Tulsa team that in 2020 played top ranked Cincinati for the AAC Title. Blow out rival San Diego and then pick up a 2nd FCS win last week vs Dixie State. The Aggies playoff resume sitting at 3.5 games after 3 weeks is huge.

If they can pick up a road win vs #13 Weber State, they will have an argument for the top spot next week.

3. Montana State

Last Week W vs San Diego 52-10

This Week: Bye

My Ranking 5

Bobcats had an impressive showing vs Wyoming (so did Idaho two seasons back…) and then beat up two teams that according to the VS Simulator would lose at home to Central Washington. The wins may count towards the playoffs, when Central Washington does not. But EWUs win over CWU is more impressive than either of Montana States.

As you can tell I am more in the minority here for the Big Sky Podcast Network as I have them as the tail team of the big 5 that should make the playoff, but as a last 4 in type of squad.

Matt McKay does look like an improvement from years past. But a 65% completion percentage against the teams he has faced does nothing to give this team a nod over the teams behind them on this list in my opinion.

4. Eastern Washington

Last Week: W @ Western Illinois 62-56

This Week: @ Southern Utah

My Ranking 4

The farewell tour for this band is off to a great start. The first three tour stops include a big showing in Vegas a gig that people from outside might be suprised by, but those that know the band, know they had it in them. Then they have a small show at their local bar and it goes as expected. Followed up with a bit of a mess last week where show went off, but not without so hiccups and eyebrow raising from its fans.

They get an amphitheatre show this week down in the desert. Should be a pretty tame show, but they can’t get caught looking ahead to maybe their headline show next week.

5. Weber State

Last Week: L vs #3 James Madison 24-37

This Week: vs #12 UC Davis

My Ranking: 3

They have lost to the teams they should have, and dominated the teams they should have. So what are they?

Photo: Chris Hammond

They are likely still going to grab a share of the Big Sky Title. You know you are the king when people start rooting against you, simply to make them feel better about their teams. Ask any Montana fan, they have been dealing with it for decades. But that is where people seem to be with Weber State. Starting to get some irrational takes that seem to be said, simple to try and speak them into existense. And I understand things dont last forever. But with Jay Hill still their, I am a little baffled people have turned on Wildcats so much. But like I mentioned earlier, alot of it feels like people just rooting against them out of either hope, fear or fatigue.

I still believe in this team more than most. They may actually preform better in the undercat role. A win vs a SURGING UC Davis team would probably put them back in the spotlight. a loss to UC Davis and expect them to be on the back peddle a bit and most likely fall out of top 5 next week.

6. Northern Arizona

Last Week: W @ Arizona 21-19

This Week: @ Northern Colorado

My Ranking: 7

This one is tough. NAU has gotten curb stomped by the teams they needed to beat and beat a team that really doesnt do anything for them. Im sure Lumberjack fans will disagree with me, but I would trade the UA win last week for a win vs South Dakota and a competetive game or W vs Sam Houston.

I dont think they are worthy of being this high. But everyone below them has done nothing to justify being at the 6 spot either.

If they lose to Northern Colorado and go 0-3 vs FCS to open the season they could find themselves at 12 or 13 next week.

7. Sacramento State

Last Week: L @ Cal 30-42

This Week: @ Idaho State

My Ranking: 11

It appears others in the Big Sky Podcast Network are coming around to the Sac State is back to being in a building stage, not a competing stage. 2019 was a flash in the pan and a few years early. Kevin Thompson had this team rolling in 2019, and when he went out, they didnt look the same.

Well he is gone now and that trend continues even with STUDS like Pierre Williams and Elijah Dotson.

Just to cement this point more.

Dixie State 7 Sacramento State 19

Dixie State 3 Weber State (& their awful offense) 41

Dixie State 27 UC Davis 60

8. Southern Utah

Last Week: W @ Tarleton St 40-35

This Week: vs #6 Montana

My Ranking: 13

Look, the Thunderbirds were about 1:41 seconds from being undefeated in the Spring Season. La’kea Kaho Ohanohano-Davis is a NFL type guy, Landom Measom is Mr.Realiable and Justin Miller is improving. Yet the rest of the team is just simply not good enough to compete vs middle to upper tier sky schools.

Not to mention they sold away their OOC playing two bodybag games within 5 days to open the season. Like, Why?!

9. Portland State

Last Week: W v Western Oregon 21-7

This Week: vs #13 Montana State

My Ranking: 8

#BarnysBeerGarden was a great pubilicty stunt to get students into the game and give this team a chance to win them over.

Not sure the 21-7 win vs D2 W.Oregon was the result to keep them there. Unless Barney brings this promotion back and adds Dots Pretzles to the mix, I think “Top 5 Big Sky Program” Portland State may be a team with about 500 fans and a .500 record.

10. Idaho State

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs Sacramento State

My Ranking: 6

People are down on the Bengals, but not his guy.

They may be 0-2 to start the year but those loses are to #10 North Dakota and MWC frontrunner Nevada.

I think others will come around to Vanderwaal and the Bengal-Cats if they can pull off a thorough stomping of Sac State.

11. Idaho

Last Week: L @ Oregon State 0-42

This Week: Bye

My Ranking: 9

Look Idaho has done nothing to earn a higher spot on this list. But much like Weber they are exactly where we thought they would be.

The glass half full outlook is 1-2 with a lower division win (tighter) and P5 blowouts losses (by more) was how the 2016 Vandal campaign started. They ended the year 9-4 on a 5 game win streak with the crown jewel being 2 touchdown dogs and blowing out a MWC side in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

If you want to know more listen to our podcast episode this week.

12. Northern Colorado

Last Week: L vs Lamar 10-17 (OT)

This Week: vs Northern Arizona

My Ranking: 10

Start the year down, put together some road preformance that got people to take notice and then they lose home opener vs a bad Lamar side.

Northern Colorado may just be Northern Colorado still. The hope was fun while it lasted.

13. Cal Poly

Last Week: L vs South Dakota 14-48

This Week: @ #4 Montana

My Ranking:12

I mean, people believe in Baldwin, just not yet.

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Big Damm Preview: Game 3 – Idaho vs. Oregon State

One body bag game down, one to go! Idaho heads to Corvallis, Oregon for a face-off with the Oregon State Beavers.

Last Game:
The Vandals went down to Bloomington, Indiana for their first ever game against the Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana went up 35-0 on their way to a 56-14 victory.

Oregon State hosted Hawaii and led from start to finish, winning 45-27.

Last Meeting:
Oregon State shut out Idaho 38-0 in 2006 and have won 16 of the last 17 matchups in the series, with Idaho’s last win coming in 1984.

Quarterbacks:
For Idaho, it was the Mike Beaudry show as the senior took almost every snap behind center while posting a stat line of 23 for 36 (63.9%), 196 yards, and two TDs. CJ Jordan threw three passes and had one rush for five yards between two drives. Zach Borisch (#LetBorischThrow) ran twice with the read option and lost one yard.
Idaho’s plan was to use the first three games as a quarterback competition – with two games down, has Beaudry taken the lead? Or, will CJ Jordan receive the bulk of the snaps against the Beavers as the contest winds down? Will we ever see Borisch throw? [editor’s note: If you ask the Tubs team, we all believe CJ will get the vast majority of the snaps this week.]

Oregon State has taken a long and windy road to current starter Chance Nolan. Incumbent starter Tristan Gebbia injured a hamstring against Oregon last season and has yet to fully recover. 2020 All-Pac-12 second team QB Sam Noyer transferred in from Colorado over the summer and started in the Beavers’ season-opening loss to Purdue, but went just 10 for 21 with 94 yards and an interception before being replaced in the third quarter by Nolan. Nolan, who started three games last season after Gebbia’s injury, received the start last week against Hawaii and went 21 for 29 with 302 yards and two TDs.

Idaho’s Key Players/Statistics:
The Vandals managed just 261 yards of offense against the Hoosiers. Hayden Hatten was yet again the focal point of the Idaho offense, with ten receptions for 94 yards and two TDs. Terez Traynor had a pair of snags for 36 yards, while Cutrell Haywood made his first appearance of the season with two catches for 16 yards. Elisha Cummings led the running backs with seven carries, while Nick Romano led the team in rushing with 20 yards.

Idaho’s defense was led by Tre Walker’s 16 total tackles, followed closely by Fa’Avae Fa’Avae’s 11. Noah Elliss continued to break out, leading the defensive linemen with six tackles. Charles Akanno threw it back to 2019 with a sack and three tackles for loss, and Nate DeGraw also added a sack.

Special teams struggled against Indiana, with two blocked punts (one returned for a touchdown) and plenty of head shakes from Tubs at the Club’s special teams coordinator Alex Boatman. Outside of the blocks, Caleb Lightbourn (former Oregon State Beaver) averaged over 50 yards per punt with two punts pinned inside the 20.

Oregon State’s Key Players/Statistics:
Yes, this section is for players and statistics, but this article can’t be written without mention of Beaver head coach Jonathan Smith and offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren. Smith was the Idaho quarterbacks coach from 2004-2009 under Nick Holt, Dennis Erickson, and Robb Akey, before departing after the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl victory. Lindgren was the Vandal starting quarterback from 2001-2003 and co-owns Idaho’s record for touchdown passes in a game with six. [editor’s note: Lindgren is frequently mentioned on the Tubs at the Club wishlist for next Idaho head coach after Paul Petrino.]

The Beaver offense currently leads the Pac-12 with 460 yards per game, bolstered by the top passing attack in the conference. 2020 All-Pac-12 first teamer Nathan Eldridge and 2020 All-Pac-12 second teamer Joshua Gray block up front for Nolan, while eight different receivers/tight ends have registered multiple receptions so far, led by Trevon Bradford’s 11 catches for 154 yards, and Anthony Gould’s eight catches for 127 yards. B.J. Baylor heads the rushing game, with 27 carries for 197 yards and five TDs on the season.

Defensively, Oregon State is led by All-Pac-12 linebacker Avery Roberts with 22 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and a sack. Andrezj Hughes-Murray leads the Beavers with two sacks. Defensive backs Alex Austin, Jaydon Grant, and linebacker Riley Sharp all have an interception on the season.

Key to the Game:
Come out firing, score on the first few possessions, and avoid the special teams gaffes.

Game Predictions:
Producer Dallas: I don’t think anyone is expecting a win or even a close game, but I wouldn’t expect Oregon State to jump out to a 35-0 lead like Indiana did. If the Vandals can score a few times early, they might be able to hang for a bit. Ultimately though, the depth of a Pac-12 school will be too much to overcome, and Oregon State wins 48-17.
Boatman: OSU by 3.5 scores
Brian: OSU 45-24
Chris: OSU 45-20