That’s WAC: Week Four

27 09 2010

WAC Non-Conference Record
This Week: 3-6 record, 2-6 vs FBS, 1-1 vs top 25
This Season: 14-17 record, 9-17 vs FBS, 2-6 vs top 25

Fresno State  1-0  2-1
Nevada  0-0  4-0
Boise State  0-0  3-0
Idaho  0-0  2-2
Hawai’i  0-0  2-2
Louisiana Tech  0-0  1-3
San Jose State  0-0  1-3
New Mexico State  0-0  0-3
Utah State  0-1  1-3

Saturday, September 25
Idaho 34 at Colorado State 36 – Final
Nevada 27 at BYU 13 – Final
New Mexico State 16 at Kansas 42 – Final
Southern Mississippi 13 at Louisiana Tech 12 – Final
Fresno State 38 at Mississippi 55 – Final
Utah State 7 at San Diego State 41 – Final
#24 Oregon State 24 at #3 Boise State 37 – Final
San Jose State 3 at #13 Utah 56 – Final
Charleston Southern 7 at Hawai’i 66 – Final

1. Bryant Moniz, JR (UH): 19-27, 395 yds, 6 td, 2 int vs Charleston Southern
2. Ryan Colburn, SR (FSU): 32-42, 390 yds, 4 td vs Mississippi
3. Nathan Enderle, SR (UI): 25-30, 347 yds, 3 td vs Colorado State
4. Kellen Moore, JR (BSU): 19-27, 288 yds, 3 td vs Oregon State
5. Tarik Hakmi, SO (LT): 22-35, 262 yds, td, 2 int vs Southern Mississippi

1. Doug Martin, JR (BSU): 19 car, 138 yds vs Oregon State
2. Vai Taua, SR (NEV): 29 car, 133, td vs BYU
3. Colin Kaepernick, SR (NEV): 17 car, 82 yds, td vs BYU
4. Deonte Jackson, SR (UI): 11 car, 77 yds vs Colorado State
5. Seth Smith, SR (NMSU): 16 car, 52 yds, td vs Kansas

1. Titus Young, SR (BSU): 5 rec, 136 yds, td vs Oregon State
2. Greg Salas, SR (UH): 7 rec, 131 yds, 2 td vs Charleston Southern
3. Jamel Hamler, JR (FSU): 8 rec, 130 yds, td vs Mississippi
4. Matt Lindsey, SO (FSU): 6 rec, 102 yds vs Mississippi
5. Marcus Allen, SR (NMSU): 4 rec, 89 yds, td vs Kansas

What a disappointing weekend for the conference.  With the exception of #3 Boise State (because lets face it, they are always the exception), every team that had a chance to prove a point came up empty. 
The biggest letdown was Idaho’s performance against Colorado State.  Taking on a team that entered with the worst scoring offense in the nation (6.3 ppg – 120th in NCAA), the Vandals defense looked much like the maligned unit from a year ago, surrendering 36 points in a loss.  Junior runningback Raymond Carter (25 car, 39 yards in 3 games prior) rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries, as freshman quarterback Pete Thomas (112.5 QB efficiency rating, 1 td, 6 int in 3 games prior) threw for a career-high 386 yards and completed over 78-percent of his passes.
While Hawai’i blew out an FCS school – as FBS teams are suppose to – and Boise State topped #24 Oregon State at home, Nevada – although they won – missed out on an opportunity to really make a statement.  I know this may be a little picky, and that the Wolfpack did jump into the top 25 as a result of the win, but BYU is down this season.  Way down.  Led by freshman Jake Heaps at quarterback, the Cougars rank 116th in the NCAA in offense (15.0 ppg) and haven’t been much better on defense (28.3 ppg/allowed ranks 86th).
Had senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick and company put 50-plus points on the board for the third straight game, pollsters would have been put on alert of another potential BCS-buster.  Considering some people are saying the Broncos win over the Beavers wasn’t as dominant as it could’ve been, the point is non-BCS conference teams have to take advantage of every opportunity they’re given, no matter how small.  It’s very realistic the Wolfpack can run the table in the WAC (and even more realistic they’ll suffer at least one loss – see Boise State on November 26) and those given the power of the vote will scrutinize the margin of victory against an unranked that will struggle mightly to qualify for a bowl game.
Other than that, little was expected of both San Jose State and New Mexico State playing on the road at #13 Utah and Kansas.  But Utah State laid a big egg against San Diego State.  The Aztecs are very balanced on offense with plenty of playmakers, but the Aggies were picked by the media to finish in the upper-half of the Western Athletic Conference this Fall.  A 41-7 loss to a team that was slated to finished sixth in the Mountain West this preseason doesn’t do them much justice.
Finally, sure Louisiana Tech showed some grit with a late comeback attempt against Southern Mississippi.  But just like ‘a win is a win’, ‘a loss is a loss’ and the Bulldogs are 1-3 heading into conference play with their only victory having come against an FCS school (Grambling State, 20-6).

The Idaho Vandals entered Saturday contest against Colorado State as one of the best pass defenses in the nation (120.3 yds/game allowed – 7th in NCAA), but sure didn’t show it.  Here’s proof…

  • Games 1-3:
    39-68, 57.4 comp %, 361 yds, td, 4 int – 95.1 qb efficiency rating
  • vs Colorado State:
    29-37, 78.4 comp %, 386 yds, 3 td, int – 187.4 qb efficiency rating

…and in general, big plays were a big problem.

  • Plays of 10+ yards: 19
  • Plays of 15+ yards: 11
  • Playfs of 30+ yards: 3

Defensive end Aaron Lavarias sure did his best to get after the quarterback, registering a career-high three sacks.  The WAC’s reigning defensive player of the week is on the best two game stretch of his career.

  • First 37 career games: 4.0 sacks, 12.0 TFL
  • Last two games combine: 5.0 sacks, 6.0 TFL

Offensively, it seems like the receiving trio of senior Maurice Shaw, junior Preston Davis and sophomore Justin Veltung are starting to get heathy…

  • Games 1-3 (combined stats):
    13 rec, 176 yds, td
  • vs Colorado State:
    14 rec, 192 yds, 2 td

…and quarterback Nathan Enderle sure seemed to be enjoy having them back, throwing for a season-high 347 yards without tossing an interception for the first time this season.

  •  Games 1-3:
    Tossed interception once every 13.9 attempts.
  • vs Colorado State:
    Zero interceptions in 30 pass attempts.

…but in the end, Idaho failed to close out the Rams, much like they’ve done every other team his season.

  • Games 1-3: Outscored opponents 24-7 in fourth quarter
  • vs Colorado: Rams outscored the Vandals 12-7

The two-point defeat was the smallest margin they’ve lost by since falling to Louisiana-Monroe 16-14 back in October 2004.


WAC Pigskin Picks

25 09 2010

With an early kickoff this week, I’m keeping it simple.  I’ll look to build off last week’s success when I went 5-2.  Check it out folks…

Idaho (-7) at Colorado State
Fort Collins, Colorado – 1:00 PM

  • The over/under on this game is 51 points.  I’m taking the under!  Remember, Colorado State possess the worst scoring offense in the nation (6.3 point per game ranks 120th in FBS).  They can’t run the ball (42.7 yds rushing/game ranks 119th), they can’t throw the ball (Pete Thomas’ QB efficiency rating is just 112.5) and they turn the ball over (8-to-1 turnover ratio).
    All this is music to the ears of Vandals head coach Robb Akey.  They make this one look easy in his return to his native-Colorado, however, the Rams won’t score enough to help Idaho get to the over.

Idaho 34 at Colorado State 10

“The Others”
* Record entering play today
Nevada (3-0) 42 at BYU (1-2) 28 – 3:00 PM

  • The Cougars have a viable backup, but will be without their starting quarterback.  The Wolfpack on the other hand, have one of the best college signal-callers in the nation.

New Mexico State (0-2) 10 at Kansas (1-2) 38 – 4:00 PM

  • The Aggies just don’t look very good right now.  And that’s being generous.

Southern Miss (2-1) 27 at Louisiana Tech 13 – 4:00 PM

  • This is still a work in progress for the Bulldogs.

Fresno State (2-0) 31 at Mississippi (1-2) 38 – 4:30 PM

  • The Rebels are talented, but haven’t show their full potential this season.  Expect former-Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to start hitting his stride this weekend.

Utah State (1-2) 24 at San Diego State (2-1) 34 – 5:00 PM

  • The Aztecs are just too balanced on offense.

#24 Oregon State (1-1) 27 at #3 Boise State (2-0) 31 – 5:00 PM

  • The Broncos ALWAYS show up on national television, but they also ALWAYS like to make it interesting.  They pass the Quizz (Jaquizz Rodgers 103.5 rush yds/game) due to Oregon State lack of an aerial attack.

San Jose State (1-2) 7 at #13 Utah (3-0) 45 – 8:00 PM

  • The Spartans looked aweful last weekend against an FCS opponent.  No way do they even come close against the 13th-ranked Utes.

Charleston Southern (2-1) 17 at Hawai’i (1-2) 48 – 8:30 PM

  • The Warriors have had a pretty challenging preseason schedule.  Finally, they get a game they can relax with.

Scoreboard Shockers

25 09 2010

I’ll leave it up to you to call them upsets, but either way, there were some definite shockers on the scoreboard last night.  While the team on the winning end may not have been the biggest surprise, the margin of victory was.  One thing that’s for sure, teams seem to be hitting their stride of offense.

Top Performers

  • Tyler McNannay, Colfax: 219 total yards, 2 TD vs Liberty
  • Cody Charley, Clearwater Valley: 17 car, 214 yds, 4 td vs Lapwai
  • Marshall Williams, Troy: 18 car, 174 yds, 5 td vs Potlatch
  • Kendrick Defense: Limited Genesee to just 147 total yards and shut them out in the second half.
  • Tyler Langerveld, Pullman: 13-29, 236 yds, 3 td vs Deer Park
  • Justin Parkins, Moscow: 18 car, 203 yds, 2 td vs Priest River
  • Brady Arnone, Clarkston: 22-32, 275 yds, 3 td vs Cheney
  • Jack Nygaard, Kamiah: 21 car, 143 yds, 2 td (Gamewinning 84-yard TD pass) vs Grangeville

Idaho 5A
Hermiston 14 at Lewiston 34 – Final

Idaho 4A
Moscow 26 at Priest River 7 – Final

Washington 2A
Cheney 7 at Clarkston 21 – Final
Pullman 19 at Deer Park 21 – Final

Idaho 2A
Kamiah 14 at Grangeville 21 – Final
Orofino 14 at St. Maries 48 – Final

Washington 2B
Colfax 56 at Liberty 14 – Final
Asotin at White Swan – Saturday, 1 PM

Idaho 1A – Whitepine League
Lewis County 50 at Deary 42 – Final (2 OT)
Genesee 16 at Kendrick 36 – Final
Potlatch 22 at Troy 66 – Final
Lapwai 6 at Clearwater Valley 52 – Final

Washington 1B
Pomeroy 24 at Colton 30 – Final (OT)

Trust In Tust’s Prep Picks

24 09 2010

Week 4

Last Week: 9-1  Overall: 9-1

In the first every edition of “Trust In Tust’s Prep Picks,” I did well.  My overall record was 9-1, as the only game I missed was Kendrick-Clearwater Valley.  I said the Rams were going to defend their home turf with a 33-26 win.  The Tigers counter with a 32-16 victory.

Other than that, I gave Colton (58 prediction points/26 actually points), Clarkston (34/18), Moscow (28/7) and Lewis County’s (24/0) offenses to much credit, and Colfax (48/62) and Kamiah’s (34/48) not enough.

As for what I believe is in store this week…

Hermiston (2-1) at Lewiston (2-1, 0-0) – 7 PM
         For the fifth straight season, Lewiston and Hermiston will meet up in a non-league affair.  Two-years ago, the Bengals won a shootout 55-45, while last season the Bulldogs took a defensive battle 22-15.
         I expect this to be a little more like the 2008 edition.  Lewiston quarterback Beau Kerns – who’s only 5’9″ – has a big arm, and it appears head coach Emmett Dougherty has more than enough reliable guys to hand the ball off to.  Senior runningback Tyler Broemeling rushed for 154-yards last week against Pullman, while senior fullback Ryan Humphrey added two touchdowns on the ground as well.
         Hermiston signal-caller Tim Rude is dangerous (11 touchdowns in 3 games), but it seems like Lewiston’s defense is much improved from a year-ago, and is capable of containing a quality passing game (see Clarkston game).
Prediction: Hermiston 28 – Lewiston 35

Moscow (2-2, 0-0) at Priest River (1-2) – 7 PM
          Last week’s game against Clarkston was a tough one for Moscow.  After putting up 85 points in the previous two games (both wins), the Bears offense struggled mightly without senior quarterback Jake Helbling undercenter due to a hand injury.  Head coach John Sheaff’s new no-huddle offense became one dimensional.  Unable to pass the ball, the Bantams focused on senior runningback Justin Parkins and held him under 100-yards for the first time this season.
          The good news, this week they face a team that isn’t nearly as talented as Clarkston.  Expect Parkins to bounce back with over 200 yards rushing (that’s right!) as the Bears will assert their will on a smaller Priest River team.
          Also, Helbling – the reigning IEL Defensive Player of the Year – is still available on defensive, which has been a strong point of Moscow this Fall.  I’ll do the math for you:  Parkins + A Stout Defense = Blow Out
Prediction: Moscow 42 – Priest River 6


Pullman (1-2, 0-0) at Deer Park (3-0, 0-0) – 7 PM
          These two teams have seemingly swapped places in the Great Northern League.  Deer Park used to be a constant sellar dwellar, as Pullman dominanted the league over a majority of the last decade.
         While I wouldn’t bet on the Greyhounds staying down for long, they are clearly in rebuilding mode.  They’ve only scored two touchdowns in the last 10 quarters, and their defense isn’t what it once was.
        As for Deer Park, they’ve notched back-to-back 7-win seasons, and appear to be figuring it out again this Fall.  Even though their non-league schedule was somewhat weak, their defense has allowed an average of only 6 points a game.
        The Greyhounds will get better over the course of the season, I just don’t see them taking that big leap on the road this week.
Prediction:  Pullman 7 – Deer Park 28

Cheney (2-1, 0-0) at Clarkston (2-1, 0-0)– 7 PM
          Clarkston is (or should be) uber-talented on offense.  So far, it doesn’t seems like they’ve been able to really figure it out.  Quarterback Brady Arnone and runningback Colby Hansen (Yes.  He has 7 touchdowns in the last two games.  But this kid has done it himself and could be real special with any help from his line.) are both D-1 talents, but haven’t been able to live up to their full-potential due to an offensive line that has been suspect.  Arnone has had it a little more rough than Hansen, as he just hasn’t had the time to throw.
        If one thing is certain, Cheney always features one of the most athletics teams in the GNL.  Expect them to pressure Arnone constantly, but for him to make enough play to get the job done.
        Also, unlike last year, head coach Dave Curtis has a defense he can lean on while the Bantams get everything figured out on offense.  Sophomore Colby Ruark in starting to emerge as a standout safety, while first-year player Nathan Whittaker seems to be getting the hang of playing corner.  Linebacker Ethan Fox will anchor the middle of the defense, as ends Colton and Cody Chase should be able to pressure the Blackhawks quarterback.
        It won’t look as pretty as it could, but…
Prediction: Cheney 19 – Clarkston 26

2B Southeast
Asotin (2-1, 1-0) at White Swan (1-2) – 7 PM
        Two years ago, Asotin squared off with White Swan in the second round of the 2B playoffs.  Then-Panther senior runningback D.J. Darnall had a huge night, as head coach Sal Lopez directed his team to a 41-20 victory.  The Cougars were just a minor bump in the road as Asotin eventually ended up playing for the 2B state championship.
        However, the two teams we see go at it this Friday night will be mere skeletons of the ones from 2008.  White Swan has only scored two touchdowns in three games this season, and Asotin doesn’t seems to be as talented (or better yet, as deep) on either side of the ball as in years past.
        At the same time, the Panthers still have enough guys to get it done.  Sprinkling in a little of quarterback Ben Servatius’ strong arm to go with their traditional smash-mouth style of football, and…
Prediction: Asotin 33 – White Swan 19

2B Northeast
Colfax (2-0, 1-0) at Liberty (2-0, 1-0) – 7 PM
This will be a common theme for my predictions.  Colfax is so talented this season, they don’t even need me to make a case as to why they will win on a weekly basis. 
Prediction: Colfax 58 – Liberty 14

Kamiah (2-1, 1-0) at Grangeville (4-0, 0-0) –7 PM
        Clearly, Kamiah and Grangeville are the priemere teams in the Central Idaho League this season.  Despite it being only week four, a Kamiah win would put them in the drivers seat in terms of winning a league title.  After blowing out Orofino 48-0 last week, they would make the turn of the league schedule as the only unbeaten team AND get to host the Bulldogs when the two meet up again (presumably for the league championship) next month.
        While Kub fans have to like the sound of that, the Bulldogs have been nothing short of dominant so far this Fall, outscoring the opposition 164-47.  Junior Justin Robie had a breakout performance with over 200-yards against Lewiston’s JV team last week, as Pomeroy-transfer Ryan Koberstein and senior running back Joe Anderson will just be too much.
        This classic rivalry will be a fun one, but Grangeville will get bragging rights.
Prediction: Kamiah 26 – Grangeville 38

Orofino (1-3, 0-1) at St. Maries (1-3) – 7 PM
             Orofino gets the winable game the sorely need.  A 48-0 loss to division-foe Kamiah probably did nothing to help the confidence of a young-Maniac squad.  Expect them to get a little pep in their step back this time around…
Prediction: Orofino 27 – St. Maries 21

1A Whitepine League
Lewis County (2-2, 2-2) at Deary (1-2, 1-2) – 7 PM
        Both these teams seem like absolute wildcards.  Lewis County opened their season with back-to-back wins over Clearwater Valley and Lapwai, only to be outscored 84-6 against Kendrick and Troy the last two weeks.
        Deary on the other hand started off with tough losses to the Rams and Prairie, before finally putting it all together last Friday by knocking off the Wildcats.  In that game, head coach Darrah Eggers went away from the Mustang tradition ground oriented attack, and aired it out for a change.  Senior quarterback Kevin Cannon threw for over 250-yards, while senior wideout Drew Eggers finished with 192-yards receiving.
        With that in mind, it sure seems like the Mustangs are headed in a better direction…
Prediction: Lewis County 22 – Deary 29

(0-4, 0-4) at Clearwater Valley (2-1, 2-1) – 7 PM
        Lapwai is a club that is reeling.  Their defense has surrender 186 points in four games, and their offense can’t find any stablity with injuries causing some shuffling.
        Clearwater Valley is a club that plays with a lot of heart.  With senior runningback Cody Charley shouldering the load, I see this one going to the Rams.
Prediction: Lapwai 18 – Clearwater Valley 32

Genesee (2-1, 2-1) at Kendrick (2-1, 2-1) – 7 PM
Genesee needs to be careful in this one.  Kendrick is coming off an big win over an undefeated Lewis County team, and a convince victory against Clearwater Valley on the road.  It’s still early, but a Tigers win would show the young-squad it a serious playoff contender.  In a league of experienced coaches, Kendrick’s Davey Steele is underated, and knows his X’s and O’s as well as anybody.
        But the one thing about the Bulldogs, they’ve shown they have the most balanced offensive attack in the Whitepine League.  Junior quarterback Sam Druffel and senior tight end Alan Berry are a leathal duo, and senior runningback Tyler Stout heads a rushing attack that you have to respect.
Prediction: Genesee 38 – Kendrick 24

Potlatch (0-2, 0-2) at Troy (3-0, 3-0) – 7 PM
It’s officially do or die week for Potlatch.  A preseason favorite to get back to the playoffs – and even contend for a league title – the Loggers can ill afford an 0-3 start.  Head coach Pat Amos’ crew has had a daunting schedule to open up the season.  After receiving back-to-back byes to open up, Potlatch had to play Genesee and Prairie in the first two games, and now must face unbeaten Troy.
         So far this season, the Trojans have yet to allow a single point, as defensive coordinator Guy Wells has his boys playing at a high level.
         On offensive, senior runningback Marshall Williams is providing one heck of an encore after being named all-state at a junior.  Williams is coming off a season-high 22 carry, 221-yards performance against Lewis County, and has scored five touchdowns in each game the Trojans have played.
         With that in mind, Troy’s schedule hasn’t been that difficult, as this will serve as their toughest test to date.  It’s a test they will pass (as rumors are Williams is a near 4.0 student)…
Prediction: Potlatch 28 – Troy 41

1B Northeast
Pomeroy (1-2, 0-0) at Colton (1-2, 0-0) – 7 PM
In their first season of eight-man football since 1980, Pomeroy has show the ability to put up some points.
         Colton, who’s no stranger to the game, just doesn’t seem to be clicking quite yet.  I’m taking the Pirates on the road.
Prediction: Pomeroy 42 – Colton 32

jtv: UNLV at Idaho

22 09 2010

Miss last Saturday’s big win for Idaho?  No worries, jtv has your back.  Watch all the big plays from the Vandals 30-7 win over the Rebels in just six minutes.

Besides, who doesn’t need a distraction right when they get back from lunch?

jtv: Jackson Doubles (Touch)Down Against Las Vegas

22 09 2010

Idaho senior runningback Deonte Jackson spurned his hometown UNLV Rebels out of high school to head to the Gem State and suit up for the Idaho Vandals.  Last Saturday, the talented speedster showed he made the right choice.

3 – Deonte Jackson              
2007 240 1175 4.9 50 7 17 153 9 47 0
2008 161 696 4.3 28 3 16 111 6.9 33 0
2009 87 387 4.4 59 2 10 101 10.1 21 1
2010 23 99 4.3 20 2 3 42 14 19 0
ON PACE 100 429 4.3 19 9 13 182 14 19 0

Press Row: Robb Akey’s Weekly Press Conference

21 09 2010

Idaho head football coach Robb Akey had plenty to say at his weekly press conference yesterday.  Among the topics he discussed…

  • The outstanding play of the Vandal defense
  • The emergence of sophomore cornerback Aaron Grymes and the overall amount of competition they have in the defensive backfield
  • WAC vs MWC matchups don’t have any added importance
  • Colorado State is looking for payback after Idaho’s comeback win over the Rams last season