(Saturday, October 31st)
Final Score: Idaho 35, Louisiana Tech 34
Moscow, ID (Sports Network) - DeMaundray Woolridge scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with under a minute to play, as the Idaho Vandals came back to defeat Louisiana Tech, 35-34, in Western Athletic Conference action at the Kibbie Dome.
Woolridge carried the ball just six times for the Vandals (7-2, 4-1 WAC) and finished up with a mere 11 yards, yet still saved the day for Idaho as the team strengthened its stance for postseason play.
Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle converted 25-of-45 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns and also managed to survive a pair of interceptions and three sacks as the squad won for the sixth time in seven games.
The Bulldogs (3-5, 2-3) were led by Ross Jenkins who converted 17-of-30 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns, while fellow signal-caller Colby Cameron converted 10-of-16 for another 105 yards through the air. Cruz Williams accounted for four catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns as the squad lost for the third time in four games.
Idaho recorded the first points of the contest as Justin Veltung took the opening kickoff back 94 yards for the score.
However, LaTech stormed back with 21 unanswered points, beginning with a Williams 17-yard touchdown reception, followed by a three-yard TD run by Daniel Porter. Jenkins struck again with just under three minutes remaining in the first frame as he hit Dennis Morris with a 10-yard TD strike to make the score 21-7.
The Vandals got back on the board just seconds into the second period as Enderle combined with Max Komar on a 36-yard TD pass play. Komar finished the game with seven catches for 133 yards and two TDs for the home team.
Before the end of the first half the visitors moved out to a 28-14 advantage when Williams caught a 20-yard TD pass from Jenkins.
The only scoring of the third came courtesy of a 32-yard touchdown pass between Enderle and Komar, cutting the deficit to 28-21.
Early in the fourth frame Louisiana Tech capped a 15-play, 84-yard drive with a one-yard TD run by Myke Compton, but the PAT by Matt Nelson failed and that proved to be critical in the one-point decision.
Woolridge made his presence known with a one-yard TD run with 5:51 remaining in regulation and then hit the end zone with a two-yard effort with 52 ticks left on the clock. Kicker Trey Farquhar made sure that he brought home the win for the Vandals as he knocked through his fifth PAT of the day.
Idaho picked up the narrow victory despite converting just 4-of-12 on third down, compared to 12-of-19 for the Bulldogs in that department.
10/31 22:17:56 ET