1998 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

1998 Idaho Vandals football
University of Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Big West Champions
Humanitarian Bowl Champions
Conference Big West Conference
1998 record 9-3 (4-1 Big West)
Head coach Chris Tormey
Offensive coordinator Phil Earley
Defensive coordinator Jeff Mills
Home stadium Kibbie Dome
Seasons
« 1997 1999 »
1998 Big West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Idaho   4 1         9 3  
Nevada   3 2         6 5  
North Texas   3 2         3 8  
Boise State   2 3         6 5  
Utah State   2 3         3 8  
New Mexico State   1 4         3 8  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1998 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1998 college football season. The Vandals, led by fourth-year head coach Chris Tormey, were members of the Big West Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

In their third season back in Division I-A, the Vandals won their only Big West title in football and were invited to the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, in which they defeated the heavily favored Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles of Conference USA. The Vandals were led by freshman John Welsh, who took over as the starting quarterback at mid-season.[1] The season surpassed all expectations of the team, one publication ranked Idaho last among all Division I-A teams before the start of the season.[2][3]

The Big West Conference discontinued football following the 2000 season.

1998 season schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 6:05 PM Eastern Washington* Kibbie DomeMoscow, ID W 31-14   10,495
September 12 6:00 PM at San Jose State* Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA W 17-12   12,432
September 19 2:00 PM at Washington State* Martin StadiumPullman, WA (Battle of the Palouse) FSN L 16-24   36,770
September 26 5:00 PM at #6 Louisiana State* Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 20-53   80,466
October 3 3:05 PM Idaho State*dagger Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 52-3   15,103
October 10 11:00 AM at Arkansas State* Indian StadiumJonesboro, AR W 52-14   12,674
October 17 12:00 PM at Utah State Romney StadiumLogan, UT W 26-14   14,206
October 24 3:05 PM Nevada Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID L 23-58   13,123
October 31 4:35 PM at North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX W 41-23   7,112
November 14 3:05 PM New Mexico State Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 36-32   14,435
November 21 12:00 PM at Boise State Bronco StadiumBoise, ID (BSU-UI rivalry) W 36-35 OT  30,208
December 30 12:00 PM vs. Southern Mississippi* Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (Humanitarian Bowl) ESPN2 W 42-35   19,664
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Pacific.

References[edit]

  1. ^ idaho.scout.com - '98 Bowl Champions Reunite For Spring Game - 2008-04-15 - accessed 2011-10-20
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated - Vandalized - 1999-01-09 - accessed 2011-10-20
  3. ^ Spokesman-Review - Then & Now: John Welsh ready to fight fire - 2008-04-22 - accessed 2011-10-20

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