Pete Thomas threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns with one interception to lead Colorado State (1-3) in the victory, while Raymond Carter paced the ground attack with 104 yards and a score on just 15 carries. Carter added four catches for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns as well for the Rams, who snapped a 12-game losing streak.
Nathan Enderle completed 25-of-30 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns to pace Idaho (2-2) in the losing effort, while Deonte’ Jackson ran for 77 yards. Maurice Shaw caught five passes for 75 yards and a score, and Eric Greenwood grabbed three balls for 72 yards.
A 31-yard field goal by Trey Farquhar gave Idaho a lead late in the opening period of play.
The Vandals earned a 10-0 advantage early in the second quarter following a one-yard Kama Bailey plunge.
Another Farquhar kick, this time from 32 yards out, extended the Idaho lead further late in the frame.
But with under a minute to go in the half, Colorado State found the endzone with a five-yard Carter touchdown run to cut Idaho’s lead to 13-7. The Rams followed immediately with another score after Enderle fumbled while being sacked at the Idaho 33-yard line. A 23-yard pass from Thomas to Carter gave the Rams a 14-13 halftime edge.
The Vandals reclaimed the lead midway through the third period of play with a seven-yard touchdown toss from Enderle to Armauni Johnson.
The Rams responded with a 37-yard DeLine field goal to cut the Idaho advantage, but the Vandals found the endzone again less than a minute later with a 37-yard Enderle strike to Shaw to give Idaho a 27-17 lead.
A 72-yard completion from Thomas to Carter late in the stanza pulled the Rams to within 27-24.
The Rams tied the contest at 27-27 early in the final period of play with a 30-yard DeLine kick.
But the Vandals claimed a 34-27 lead less than two minutes later with a 59- yard toss from Enderle to Justin Veltung.
The Rams found the endzone again midway through the frame with an 11-yard connection between Thomas and T.J. Borcky. The extra point attempt from DeLine, however missed, leaving the Rams trailing 34-33.
DeLine’s next attempt, however, a 35-yard kick as time expired in the contest, went through the uprights and enabled the Rams to escape with a two-point win.