Idaho has posted its sixth win to become bowl eligible for the first time in a decade, but coach Robb Akey is not about to let the surprise team of the Western Athletic Conference rest on its laurels.
The Vandals (6-1, 3-0 WAC) are not guaranteed a bowl bid, unless
they win some more, Akey said. And his players have some bigger
"We want to stay in the race for the WAC championship," Akey said Monday, a goal that would require they beat archrival No. 5 Boise State for the first time since 1998.
But first, the Vandals play at Nevada (3-3, 2-0) on Saturday. The Wolf Pack sports the nation's leading rushing attack at more than 290 yards per game.
"We've got a big-time showdown this week," Akey said. "It will say a lot about the WAC championship."
"Their quarterback is a hell of a player," Akey said of Colin Kaepernick, who threw for three touchdowns in Nevada's 35-32 win at Utah State last weekend.
"They are one of the better defenses we've faced," Akey added.
The Vandals picked up their sixth win, most since the 1999 team won seven games, with a 35-23 victory over Hawaii on Saturday in Moscow.
It was their first victory over the Warriors since Idaho joined the WAC in 2005. It was their fifth win in a row and kept a team predicted to finish last in the WAC in first place.
Idaho quarterback Nate Enderle completed 14-of-17 passes for 226
yards and one touchdown. Running back Princeton McCarty had 89
yards, while DeMaundray Woolridge rushed for 81 yards and four
touchdowns, giving him 12 for the season.
Junior Aaron Lavarias had two sacks, three quarterback hurries and forced a crucial Hawaii fumble in the fourth quarter. The junior from Woodinville, Wash., was named WAC defensive player of the week.