Hardy quiet in Idaho thriller (Football)

December 30, 2009
Daniel Hardy

University of Idaho receiver Daniel Hardy of Anchorage didn’t have the kind of game he wanted in today’s Humanitarian Bowl.

But who cares—the Vandals won in thrilling fashion.

In the signature game of this bowl season, Idaho stunned Bowling Green 43-42 after scoring a touchdown with four seconds left and converting a ballsy two-point conversion in front of a national television audience.

The rally came on the heels of a go-ahead score by Bowling Green with 32 seconds left.

It seemed like the knockout

But Idaho had an answer on the final drive, thanks to quarterback Nathan Enderle, who completed passes of 50 and 16 yards before throwing for the winning two-point conversion.

“I tell you what, I love these players … don’t doubt these players, they’ll prove you wrong,” Idaho coach Robb Akey told reporters.

Hardy, of West High fame, caught just one pass for 17 yards, setting up a score that gave Idaho a 21-14 lead in the third quarter.

The 6-foot-4 Alaskan finished his junior season with career-high 39-691-3 totals, helping the Vandals win eight games this season for the first time since 1998.

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