Louisiana Tech 24 … at Idaho 11

Posted Oct 8, 2011

Week 6 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Louisiana Tech at Idaho

Oct. 8 Louisiana Tech 24 … at Idaho 11
CFN Analysis: Considering the pass defense has been awful, giving up 244 yards and picking off three passes wasn't bad. The defense came up with one of its best games of the year, and while the offense didn't roll, it was good enough to get by and didn't make any major mistakes. Nick Isham had a decent day, but his job was to hand off toe Hunter Lee, who came up with a workmanlike 134 yards on 28 carries. Punter Ryan Allen was the star, averaging 48 yards per kick with a whopping six put inside the 20, and with the way the Idaho offense was playing, a long field was a killer. Against Utah State in two weeks, the offense has to be ready for more of a shootout.

The offense just isn't working. The ground game was never going to be a plus, and now the passing game is getting worse. Brian Reader isn't hitting on enough big plays down the field; there's no pop or explosion. There were two big plays, connecting with Justin Veltung for a long gain and finding Armauni Johnson once to stretch the field, but that was about it. With New Mexico State up next, the Vandals need come up with a win or else the season is basically over. At 1-6 and with four road games after next week, all bowl hopes would be gone with a loss.

(AP) MOSCOW, Idaho -- Hunter Lee ran for a career-high 134 yards, Nick Isham threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, and Louisiana Tech spoiled Idaho's homecoming game with a 24-11 win Saturday.

Jay Dudley added a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Isham hit David Gru for a 6-yard score in the third quarter, then got in himself from the 1 a few minutes later. He finished with 163 yards passing.

Justin Veltung scored on an 81-yard punt return with 3:35 remaining for the Vandals (1-5, 0-2). Veltung also led Idaho receivers with six catches for 94 yards.

Idaho's Brian Reader had 244 yards passing but completed just 19 of his 47 attempts, with three interceptions. The Vandals defense recorded a safety when Andre Ferguson tackled Lennon Creer in the end zone early in the first quarter.