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Idaho QB Rips School President After Vandals' Bowl Win

Idaho's Matt Linehan hoists a trophy.


Matt Linehan, Idaho's quarterback, ripped school president Chuck Staben after leading the Vandals to a bowl game win over Colorado State.

The Vandals beat the Rams in a 61-50 shootout at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, completing a 9-4 season just two years before the program is set to drop down to the FCS level. Matt Linehan, who earned MVP honors, took a shot at the school president during an interview with ESPN Radio right after the game.

"We belong in FBS, period. That's what I believe, that's what everyone believes... We know we can compete, we belong here. No matter what anyone thinks, even our tone-deaf president. Maybe he doesn't think we belong here, but I think we belong here."

Linehan had a huge game, throwing for 381 yards on 21-for-31 passing, and five total touchdowns. At the post-game press conference, he reportedly apologized to Staben, but reiterated that he believed in Idaho's ability to compete at the FBS level.

"No matter what was said to begin the year, I think all these guys believed we could get to this point,'' Linehan said. "We spent so much time dealing with adversity and tough losses. I think we were just tired of losing.''

The bowl was Idaho's third ever trip to the post-season as an FBS program, and its first since the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl.