Recap: Idaho vs. New Mexico St
Moscow, ID (SportsNetwork.com) - Chad Chalich threw for 192 yards, a touchdown and one interception and Jerrel Brown rushed for 151 yards and a score as the Idaho Vandals defeated the New Mexico State Aggies, 29-17, in a Sun Belt Conference battle at the Kibbie Dome.
Chalich completed 18-of-32 passes and rushed for 73 yards for the Vandals (1-6, 1-4 Sun Belt), while Joshua McCain contributed 139 receiving yards and a touchdown in the win.
As for the Aggies (2-6, 1-3), Larry Rose III rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns while Andrew Allen threw for 88 yards and one interception. Tyler Rogers threw for 12 yards and two interceptions after replacing Allen.
The Vandals scored first when Richard Montgomery rushed for a four-yard touchdown with 10:20 to play in the first quarter.
Rose III responded for the Aggies with a 79-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 7-7 with just over nine minutes to play in the period.
Chalich then completed a 49-yard touchdown to McCain to give the Vandals a 14-7 lead. Then with 5:25 left in the second quarter, Austin Rehkow kicked a 19-yard field goal to push the lead to 10 points.
The Aggies responded with a Maxwell Johnson 23-yard field goal to cut the lead to 17-10 with 2:12 left in the first half. The Vandals drove down to the Aggies' 13-yard line, and Rehkow kicked a 30-yard field goal to give Idaho a 20-10 lead into the halftime break.
After a scoreless third quarter, Rehkow connected on a 33-yard field goal to push the lead to 13 points with 14:16 left to play in the contest.
Rose III then capped off a long drive with a 33-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 23-17 with just over 12 minutes to play in the game.
Midway through the final period, it was Brown's turn to help the Vandals. He rushed for a 14-yard touchdown to give Idaho a 23-17 lead. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but the scoring would end in the game.
Idaho compiled 536 total yards of offense, while the defense held the opposition to 314 in the contest. The Vandals had the edge over New Mexico State in first downs, 30-11, and in terms of time of possession, 37:47 to 22:13.Game Notes