Well, last week was certainly some deja vu for me. Back in 2015 it was commonplace for Idaho to build a big lead and then do everything they possibly could to choke the game away. You would think that finishing the 2016 season with 4 of your last 7 wins coming in blowout fashion would mean that this wouldn't be an issue. But no. Because the Vandals can't ever make anything easy. Idaho entered last week's loss to WMU with a two score leading going into the fourth quarter. Up 28-19 Linehan fired a ball deep down the sideline to Alfonso Ununwor who......fell down. The ball was intercepted and WMU went on to score 18 in the fourth quarter while Idaho went scoreless after letting that one interception turn the momentum completely around. That was the last of three major momentum swings. The second was a pretty straight forward drive in which Idaho went down the field in about 3 minutes and took a 21-19 lead in the third quarter. Idaho followed that drive with a huge TD from Linehan to Onunwor. The first momentum swing though? Oh fucking Christ what a shit show. It started with a huge punt return by Darius Phillips in the third quarter. Sounds simple enough, but it was more the officiating after the play that really took the wind out of Idaho's sails than the play itself. During the return a WMU player committed textbook targeting and for some unfathomable reason, the officials picked up the penalty entirely. First of all, I was amazed because I don't think I've ever seen it completely overturned. I've seen them call targeting on two guys and let one off the hook, but never this. But it also blew my mind because I have seen guys get ejected for WAY less than what I saw on Saturday. I'm not at all a fan of these horseshit targeting rules. The rules are bad and 90% of the time the officials aren't actually calling one player leading with they head to hit another player in the head or neck. However, in this case that's exactly what happened. By rule, this actually made sense to call it. Of course these MAC officials, much like the Sun Belt crews, probably spend more time cleaning up their own drool and having nurses change their Depends at the local special needs center than reading an actual college football rule book. Seriously, there needs to be a committee to review every single targeting call every week. And if they find a player was unjustly ejected, then the officials get suspended or fired. I'm fucking tired of these mouth-breathing dullards getting to go out there and ruin football games with no consequence. Just to be clear: Shoulder to shoulder. This was targeting Helmet to neck. This is not At least be consistent with your bullshit if you're going to throw in these types of rules that can get people ejected into the game. Oh, and let's not forget later in the game when the officials called a questionable offensive PI on Idaho and later picked up a personal foul against WMU after several minutes of deliberating. This was my favorite though. This occurred right after the officials fucked up on the targeting call. These fucking clowns called this down by contact: Ball clearly out. What the fuck. The good news out of this one was that the offense actually looked decent for three quarters with Duckworth having a huge game (two 60+ yard plays), Saunders looking solid (6.5 ypc), Onunwor stretching the field with a big TD, and Linehan throwing for 3 TDs. Problem was the defense got gassed and Petrino's offense sucked some dick in the fourth. No excuse for that, as Idaho STILL should have won this game. WMU really didn't look that hot. But shit, if these officials aren't piss drinking morons the game is likely closer. Alright, I'll do the USA review in a separate post. These tends to get long when I get to rant about retarded people doing their jobs poorly.