You probably heard about Oklahoma's travel adventures over the weekend. The Sooners arrived at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers International Airport ready for a short flight to Manhattan, Kan. Multiple mechanical failures later, the Sooners were stuck waiting for eight hours, three hours longer than a bus ride would've taken, before finally embarking for Kansas State.
Well, what Idaho went through makes that look like a leisurely stroll through a well-maintained garden.
On Friday morning, Idaho bused to nearby Spokane, Wash., for a flight to Troy - for a Sun Belt Conference game, mind you - only to learn mechanical issues would keep them on the ground for the foreseeable future. The Vandals trekked back across the state border to Moscow, Idaho.
With 2,437 miles separating the two campuses, there would be no driving to Troy. So Idaho waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, at 11:30 p.m. Pacific time, Idaho began the 80-mile drive to Spokane, and finally flew out at 3:30 a.m. Pacific time. The team landed in Montgomery, Ala., at 9 a.m. Central time, stopped by their hotel for, as an Idaho source tells us, "a few hours," then drove to Troy for a 2:30 p.m. kick.
Instead of playing like the jet-lagged, sleep-deprived group they were, Idaho played its best game of the season, as the Vandals built a 16-3 lead through three quarters before holding on for a 19-16 win. It was the Idaho's first road win since 2011.
“I’m so proud of our players,” head coach Paul Petrino told the Idaho Statesman. “I’ve won Sugar Bowls, Cotton Bowls, huge games my whole life. I don’t know if any one was better than that. With everything our players went through the last 24 hours, for them to go out there and lay it on the line like that … give it everything they’ve got. It’s just a special day.”