And if you were able to see the Idaho Vandals take on the Temple Owls on Saturday, excitement is exactly what you got.
This man right here, quarterback Chad Challich out of Couer d' Alene, would be a huge key for this Idaho team on Saturday. And as always, Head Coach Paul Petrino was ready to roll and he guides this young team looking for their first victory. And no better time to get that win than during the Vandals Homecoming Game...and here come the Vandals to take on the 0-3 Temple Owls.
First quarter, no score, Vandals first possession, Chad Challich rolls out to the right and can't throw this ball any better as he hits speedster Richard Montgomery out of the backfield who sprints up the right sideline for the score...a 64-yard touchdown strike and the Vandals go up 7-0.
Second quarter now, after a Temple field goal, we see more Montgomery as he takes the little flip from Challich, speeds around the left side and in for the five yard touchdown...Vandals up 14-3.
Let's jump to the fourth after three Austin Rehkow field goals, Vandals up 23-10 but Temple trying to make it a game. Owls quarter back Connor Reilly throws leads receiver Ryan Alderman on a perfect slant and connects for what would become a 51-yard touchdown pass...after the extra point, we have a 23-17 game.
After another Rehkow field goal, Temple's Kenny Harper bulldozes into the end zone for the two-yard score. Suddenly it's 26-24 Vandals.
Temple gets the ball back with just seconds left to play, and Reilly throws up a last-ditch-effort bomb hoping one of his guys can come down with it.....and no, the Vandals get their first win of the season.
26-24 during their Homecoming game! Coach Petrino looking emotional as his family comes to celebrate his first win as a head coach with him. His feelings on win number one...
"Awesome, it was a great feeling," said Petrino. "It's just...really proud of the assistant coaches that kept fighting, kept grinding, came up with a great plan. Really proud of the players that kept fighting and grinding and it just makes you happy. Makes you really really happy for the assistant coaches and the players."
One player the Vandals were praising at the end of the game was kicker Austin Rheko who hit four out of five field goals and both extra point attempts which accounted for 14 of the Vandals 26 points. And all-around athlete Richard Montgomery, who had 163 all purpose yards and both Vandal touchdowns as a running back, receiver, and kick returner.
The Vandals will face a ranked team in Fresno State with a scheduled 2 p.m. kickoff this Saturday in the Kibbie Dome.