1986 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

1986 Idaho Vandals football
University of Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Conference Big Sky Conference
1986 record 8-4 (5-2, 2nd in Big Sky)
Head coach Keith Gilbertson
Offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick
Defensive coordinator Kent Baer
Home stadium Kibbie Dome
« 1985 1987 »

The 1986 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1986 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by first-year head coach Keith Gilbertson, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

Continuing upon the success of the previous four seasons under Dennis Erickson, the Vandals were defending conference champions and finished the regular season at 8-3 and 5-2 in the Big Sky, tied for second. Led by senior quarterback Scott Linehan, Idaho qualified for the I-AA playoffs for the second straight season.

Notable games[edit]

The Vandals defeated rival Boise State for the fifth consecutive year, the fifth of twelve straight over the Broncos, but lost twice to nemesis Nevada. Uncommon for a playoff team, the Vandals were shut out at home 24-0 by Northern Arizona in late October.

Division I-AA playoffs[edit]

The I-AA playoffs were expanded from 12 to 16 teams in 1986, eliminating the first round bye for the top four seeds. Idaho and Big Sky champion Nevada were the only two teams selected from the West, and were paired up in the first round in Reno two days after Thanksgiving. In mid-October the teams played a close defensive game, and the Vandals came up short by four points. The rematch in the post-season was not close as the Wolf Pack prevailed 27-7, improving their record over Idaho to 8-1 since Nevada joined the Big Sky in 1979.

Notable players[edit]

The 1986 team included two future NFL head coaches: quarterback Scott Linehan and offensive lineman Tom Cable. Future NFL players with lengthy pro careers included guard Mark Schlereth (redshirt sophomore) and redshirt freshman John Friesz, a future collegiate hall of fame quarterback was Linehan's back-up in 1986. Friesz was a three-year starter (1987–89) and defeated Nevada all three seasons, including the first-ever victory in Reno in 1988.

1986 season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
Sep 06 Portland State - (Div. II)* Kibbie DomeMoscow, ID W 42-10  
Sep 13 at Central Michigan - (Div. I-A)* Perry Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI L 21-34  
Sep 20 Cal State Fullerton - (Div. I-A)* Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 25-17  
Sep 27 at Eastern Washington* Joe Albi StadiumSpokane, WA W 27-10  
Oct 04 Idaho State Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 38-26  
Oct 18 at Nevada Mackay StadiumReno, NV L 17-23  
Oct 25 Northern Arizona Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID L 0-24  
Nov 01 at Montana Washington–Grizzly StadiumMissoula, MT (Little Brown Stein) W 38-31  
Nov 08 Montana State Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 44-17  
Nov 15 Weber State Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 31-17  
Nov 22 at Boise State Bronco StadiumBoise, ID - (BSU-UI rivalry) W 21-14  
Nov 29 at Nevada Mackay Stadium • Reno, NV (I-AA playoffs - 1st round) L 7-27  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.



  1. ^ College Football Data Warehouse - Idaho 1985-89 - accessed 2010-05-14

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