Weber State Stuns No. 4 Idaho Vandals In Big Sky Thriller

Nov 11, 2023, 4:56 PM | Updated: Nov 13, 2023, 3:27 pm

ODGEN, Utah – Winston Reid authored 17 tackles and Kris Jackson scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground as Weber State upset the Idaho Vandals, 31-29.

Weber State (5-5, 3-4) hosted the No. 4 Idaho Vandals (7-3, 5-2) on Saturday, November 11.

RELATED: Big First Half Leads Weber State To Win Over Idaho State

Richie Munoz was economical at quarterback and avoided the big mistake. Munoz completed 55.6 percent of his passes, finishing with 152 yards, one TD, and zero turnovers. Jackson carried the ball 16 times for a team-high 85 yards (5.3 ypc). Jacob Sharp caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Reid’s 17 stops led the Wildcats, followed by seven tackles each for Garrett Beck and Jack Kelly. Haze Hadley had a 71-yard punt return on special teams.

First Half

It was a slow start as the programs combined for just seven opening quarter first downs. Idaho scored the only points of the first quarter on a 32-yard field goal from Ricardo Chavez.

The Vandals took a 10-0 lead with 10:08 left in the half when Nick Romano capped a 62-yard drive with a rushing score from one yard out.

Weber responded with its best drive of the first half. Quarterback Richie Munoz piloted the 62-yard scoring drive. Kris Jackson finished the drive with his sixth touchdown of the year.

In the final minute of the half, Jackson scored his second touchdown of the afternoon, giving the Wildcats a 14-13 halftime lead.

Second Half

On the second drive of the third period, the Wildcats marched 43 yards in 1:22 before Munoz found Jacob Sharp for a back-corner touchdown.

Romano’s second rushing touchdown of the day and subsequent two-point conversion knotted the game at 21 with 6:03 to play in the third quarter.

Weber State ended the quarter on a high note when Adrian Cormier found the end zone on a 13-yard rush to put WSU back in front.

The fourth quarter was scoreless until Kyle Thompson’s only field goal of the afternoon increased the Wildcats advantage to 31-21 with 2:24 left in the game.

Gevani McCoy scored a Vandals touchdown and two-point conversion with 12 seconds left to bring Idaho within two. WSU secured the 31-29 win by recovering the Vandals ensuing onside kick.

Following The Weber State Wildcats With KSL Sports

Weber State wraps up its 2023 regular season when they face Cal Poly on Saturday, November 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT).

KSL Sports coverage of Weber State University Athletics can be found here. 

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, and video and stay updated on all your favorite teams.

Weber State Wildcats


Kyle Ireland

Weber State Men’s Basketball Blows Out Navajo Tech

The Weber State men’s basketball team bounced back from a loss to Colgate by blowing out the visiting Navajo Tech Skyhawks.

2 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Week 12: Top Plays From BYU, SUU, Utah, USU, Utah Tech, Weber State

The college football regular season is nearly at its finish line but the local teams continue to make big-time plays on the gridiron.

9 days ago

weber state dillon jones...

Brian Preece

Weber State Ends Atlantic Slam Tournament With Loss To Colgate

Weber State led by eight in the second half but came up on the short end of a 57-55 result against Colgate in the Atlantic Slam Tournament.

10 days ago

Weber State Wildcats Cal Poly Mustangs College Football...

Chandler Holt

Weber State Blows Out Cal Poly Mustangs For Third-Straight Win

The Weber State Wildcats pulled out a big week 12 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs, 48-21, on the road on Saturday.

11 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Weber State Takes Down Yale In Overtime In Atlantic Slam

The Weber State men’s basketball team came out on top in the Wildcats' overtime contest with the Yale Bulldogs in the Atlantic Slam.

11 days ago

Weber State Wildcats Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs College Basketball...

Chandler Holt

Weber State Takes First Loss Of Season To Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs

The Weber State Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season to the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, 62-61, on the road in Canada.

12 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

Weber State Stuns No. 4 Idaho Vandals In Big Sky Thriller