1983 Idaho Vandals football team

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Coordinates: 46°43′34″N 117°01′05″W / 46.726°N 117.018°W / 46.726; -117.018

1983 Idaho Vandals football
University of Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Conference Big Sky Conference
1983 record 8-3 (4-3 Big Sky)
Head coach Dennis Erickson
Offensive coordinator Dan Cozzetto
Defensive coordinator John L. Smith
Home stadium Kibbie Dome
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Nevada 6 1 0     9 5 0
#12 Idaho State 5 2 0     8 4 0
Idaho 4 3 0     8 3 0
Boise State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Weber State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Montana 3 4 0     4 6 0
Northern Arizona 2 5 0     4 7 0
Montana State 1 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
  • Nevada earned automatic berth in NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship. Idaho State earned at-large berth in NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship.
    Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll (released before championship playoffs)

The 1983 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1983 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by second-year head coach Dennis Erickson, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

Led by senior quarterback Ken Hobart, the Vandals finished 8-3 in the regular season and 4-3 in the Big Sky to tie for third with rival Boise State, whom they defeated for the second straight year and for the first time in six tries in Moscow; it was the second of twelve straight over the Broncos.

The Vandals won four of five home games in 1983, losing to nemesis Nevada, the 1983 Big Sky champion, for the fifth year in a row. The Vandals also lost to the conference runner-up, Idaho State;[1][2] both of whom were selected for the 12-team I-AA playoffs.[3] Idaho won all four of its non-conference games, but three were against Division II and NAIA opponents.

Although Idaho missed the I-AA playoffs, the 1983 season marked the first time in 45 years that the Vandals had consecutive winning seasons in football, last accomplished in 1938.[4]

Notable players[edit]

Senior quarterback Ken Hobart led the 1983 Vandals to an 8-3 record and named a Division I-AA All-American. Selected in the second round of 1984 USFL Draft by Jacksonville, he was traded to Denver during the season and then spent six seasons (1985-90) in the CFL. He was selected tenth in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft by the New York Jets, but never played in the NFL.

1983 season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
Sep 10 Southern Colorado - (NAIA)* Kibbie DomeMoscow, ID W 43-28   12,500
Sep 17 at Montana State Reno H. Sales StadiumBozeman, MT W 23-0  
Sep 24 at Idaho State ISU MiniDomePocatello, ID L 31-41   12,983
Oct 01 Eastern Washington - (Div. II)* Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 38-24   12,500
Oct 08 at Portland State - (Div. II)* Civic StadiumPortland, OR W 17-16   3,853
Oct 15 at Weber State Stewart StadiumOgden, UT L 10-28   15,632
Oct 22 Montanadagger Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID - (Little Brown Stein) W 45-24   16,400
Oct 29 at Pacific - (Div. I-A)* Pacific Memorial StadiumStockton, CA W 31-19   11,500
Nov 05 at Northern Arizona Walkup SkydomeFlagstaff, AZ W 40-10   7,138
Nov 12 Nevada-Reno Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID L 24-43   15,000
Nov 19 Boise State Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID - (BSU-UI rivalry) W 45-24   15,400
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stalwick, Howie (September 26, 1983). "McMonigle can't celebrate record". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 17. 
  2. ^ Stalwick, Howie (November 15, 1983). "Is there still life for the Vandals?". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 18. 
  3. ^ Stalwick, Howie (November 21, 1983). "Nevada-Reno, Idaho State in playoffs; Vandals are out". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. C2. 
  4. ^ College Football Data Warehouse - Idaho Vandals - yearly totals - accessed 2011-10-02

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