BOONE, N.C. – Coach Paul Petrino praised the Idaho Vandals' effort Saturday after their 37-19 loss to Appalachian State at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
His praise was justified – so, too, was his disappointment in a loss that featured four field goals and three turnovers.
"Most of our team played their tails off," he said after Idaho evened its record at 4-4, 2-2 in Sun Belt play. "I know some guy just gave unbelievable great effort. When they do that, you're proud of them."
Some obvious ones were kicker/punter Austin Rehkow who was good on all four of his field goals and his lone PAT. Another would be tight end Trent Cowan who had 10 catches for 118 yards, which includes the eight-yarder that was the Vandals' only touchdown of the game.
Then there were the mistakes.
"You can't do that when you play that good of a team," Petrino said.
The Vandals' total offense output (357) was just shy of Appalachian State's (375) but they settled for field goals four times.
Defensively, Tony Lashley had 11 tackles, Jayshawn Jordan 10, and Tueni Lupeamanu and Ed Hall had eight each.
"I like that our guys fought until the end," Petrino said. "A lot of our guys really played their hearts out."
The Vandals have the first of two bye next weekend before traveling to Louisiana-Lafayette.