Matt Linehan threw for 476 yards and accounted for five touchdowns — both career highs — to help Idaho beat New Mexico State 55-23 on Saturday.
Linehan, who came in with four touchdown passes this season, threw for a career-best four scores and added a 10-yard TD run that made it 55-16 in the fourth quarter. The junior moved past his dad (and current offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys), Scott Linehan, into sixth on the school’s career passing yards list with 7,101.
Tight end Deon Watson had six catches for a career-high 129 yards and a score, Alfonso Onunwor had nine receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown, and Jordan Frysinger added four catches for 102 yards and a TD for Idaho (4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt). It was the first time since Oct. 16, 2010 that three Vandals had at least 100 yards receiving in the same game.
New Mexico State (2-4, 1-2) led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Idaho scored 20 in the second — including field goals of 33 and 37 yards by Austin Rehkow — and took a 27-16 lead into halftime. Rehkow has made a school-record 62 career field goals.