Utah State Loses First WAC Contest to Idaho, 27-13


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MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Linebacker Mike Anderson returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds to play and secured Idaho's 27-13 win over Utah State, the Vandals' first in the Western Athletic Conference.

Steven Wichman completed his first 13 passes and finished 20-for-25 for 238 yards and a touchdown for Idaho.

The Vandals (1-4, 1-1) also received a boost from Rolly Lumbala, who finished with 73 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

Quarterback Leon Jackson III rushed for 74 yards on 18 carries and threw for 157 yards for Utah State (1-2, 0-1).

Idaho scored early when Lumbala inched his way across the goal line on fourth down from the Utah State 1. After trading turnovers, Idaho scored again late in the second quarter when Wichman hit Lumbala in stride on the left flat from 12 yards out to give the Vandals a 14-0 halftime lead.

Utah State answered in the third quarter, with a 10-yard pass from Jackson to Kevin Robinson, and the Aggies scored again later in the quarter following back-to-back Idaho turnovers inside Utah State territory. Chris Forbes' 51-yard touchdown run brought the Aggies within 14-13, but they missed the extra point.

Idaho built a seven-point lead with 46- and 29-yard field goals from Mike Barrow in the fourth quarter. The Aggies were driving when Anderson came up with his interception on a first-down play from the Idaho 34.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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