1984 Idaho Vandals football team
|1984 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1984 record||6-5 (4-3 Big Sky)|
|Head coach||Dennis Erickson|
|Offensive coordinator||Dan Cozzetto|
|Defensive coordinator||John L. Smith|
|Home stadium||Kibbie Dome|
|1984 Big Sky football standings|
|#2 Montana State †||6||–||1||–||0||12||–||2||–||0|
|† – Conference champion
The 1984 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1984 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by third-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.
After the departure of four-year starter QB Ken Hobart following the 1983 season, Idaho struggled with injuries and inexperience, falling to a 2-5 record before winning their last four. Led by quarterbacks Scott Linehan (redshirt sophomore) and Rick Sloan (junior, transfer from San Jose State), the Vandals finished 6-5 in the regular season and 4-3 in the Big Sky.
Although the 1984 season was less successful than the previous two, it marked the first time in nearly eight decades that the Vandals had three consecutive winning seasons in football; it was last accomplished in 1905.
The Vandals defeated Oregon State of the Pac-10 41-22 in Moscow, but lost to upstart independent Eastern Washington in Spokane (EWU joined the Big Sky in 1987). Nevada-Reno continued its dominance over the Vandals, winning its sixth straight since joining the conference in 1979.
Idaho defeated rival Boise State for the third consecutive year, the third of twelve straight over the Broncos. The 1984 game was the most lopsided to date, with the Vandals recording a 37-0 shutout on the road at Bronco Stadium.
Division I-AA playoffs
Idaho missed the I-AA playoffs again, but would return in 10 of the next 11 seasons, then depart for Division I-A in 1996 (though not officially I-A until 1997). In 1984, the mercurial Montana State Bobcats won the Big Sky title and the I-AA national title (MSU was 1-10 in 1983, 12-2 in 1984, 2-9 in 1985). The Bobcats were the only selection from the West in the 12-team playoffs. Idaho would close out the decade with conference titles in 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1989 (and runner-up in 1986), not missing the I-AA playoffs until 1991.
1984 season schedule
|Sep 08||Portland State - (Div. II)*||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 49-14||10,500|
|Sep 15||at Cal State Fullerton - (Div. I-A)*||Fullerton, CA||L 7-28||5,650|
|Sep 22||Montana State||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||L 28-34||11,600|
|Sep 29||Oregon State - (Div. I-A)*||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 41-22||10,700|
|Oct 06||at Nevada-Reno||Mackay Stadium • Reno, NV||L 17-23||9,525|
|Oct 13||Weber State||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||L 37-40||13,700|
|Oct 20||at Eastern Washington*||Joe Albi Stadium • Spokane, WA||L 25-32||10,000|
|Oct 27||at Montana||Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT (Little Brown Stein)||W 40-39|
|Nov 03||Northern Arizona||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 37-9||7,500|
|Nov 10||Idaho State||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 45-42||7,500|
|Nov 17||at Boise State||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (BSU-UI rivalry)||W 37-0||20,430|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.|
- Lewiston Morning Tribune - 1984 season recap - Comin' on strong - 1984-11-23 - p.1C
- Gem of the Mountains: 1985 University of Idaho yearbook - 1984 football season