MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Chad Chalich rushed for 114 yards and threw for 310 and a score, and freshman Austin Rehkow kicked four field goals to help Idaho hold off a late-game surge and give the Vandals their first win of the season, beating Temple 26-24 on Saturday.
"Our team played well today, especially the young guys." Idaho's first-year coach Paul Petrino said. "Chad grew today as a quarterback. That kid is so tough. I love the way he plays."
Chalich was the leading rusher for the Vandals (1-4). He had a 52-yard run.
Richard Montgomery added 102 yards receiving on five receptions and one touchdown.
"It is a great feeling, and a great team effort considering we are such a young team, but they all stepped up tonight," Chalich said.
Idaho had command of the game in the first half with a 17-3 lead, but the Owls (0-4) made it interesting with 21 second-half points.
"We played a good defensive game in first half, but we missed some big tackles in the second half," Petrino said. "We came out and looked soft defensively to start the half. We can't do that. We need to keep pushing and get better."
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