MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) Isaiah Saunders ran 23 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns Saturday and Idaho guaranteed itself a bowl game with a 38-31 win over South Alabama.
Saunders' 1-yard score in the middle of the third quarter gave Idaho (7-4, 5-2 Sun Belt) the lead for good at 31-28 and his 7-yard TD run with 14:27 left in the fourth quarter made it 38-28.
South Alabama (5-6, 1-6) cut the deficit to seven on Gavin Patterson's field goal with 9:43 left. But the Jaguars punted with 5:55 left and ran out of time on their final possession after driving to the Idaho 32.
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Matt Linehan passed for 231 yards and Callen Hightower had five catches for 111 yards and a score. Idaho's last bowl game was in 2009.
Dallas Davis threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns for South Alabama. Mseiah Francis had seven catches for 146 yards and two TDs.