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Idaho Vandals football
2014 Idaho Vandals football team
University of Idaho Vandals logo.svg
First season 1893
Athletic director Dr. Rob Spear
Head coach Paul Petrino
1st year, 1–10  (.091)
Home stadium Kibbie Dome
Year built 1971
1975 (enclosed)
Stadium capacity 16,000
Stadium surface RealGrass Pro (2007- )
AstroTurf (1990-2006)
TartanTurf (1972-1989)
Natural grass (1971)
Location Moscow, Idaho
League NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference Sun Belt
Past conferences Independent (2013)
WAC (2005-12)
Sun Belt (2001-04), (2014-)
Big West (1996-2000)
Big Sky (1963-95)
Independent (1959-62)
Pacific Coast (1922-58)
All-time record 443–568–26 (.440)
Postseason bowl record 2–0 (1.000)
Playoff appearances 11   (Div. I-AA)
Playoff record 6–11 (.353)
Conference titles 10
Consensus All-Americans 1
Colors

Silver and Gold

          
Fight song Go, Vandals, Go
Mascot Joe Vandal
Marching band The Sound of Idaho
Outfitter Nike
Website GoVandals.com

The Idaho Vandals are a college football team that represents the University of Idaho. After playing the 2013 season as an Independent school of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, the Vandals became a football-only member of the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2014. The Idaho football program began competing in 1893[1] and has played home games at the Kibbie Dome since October 1971, an outdoor stadium for four seasons until enclosed in 1975.[2]

Idaho returned to Division I-A competition (now called the FBS) in 1996. Through the 2010 season, the Vandals have an all-time record of 437–548–26.[3] They have played in two bowl games in their history, close victories in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise in 1998 and 2009.[4]

On August 18, 2012, Idaho was cleared to stay in the Football Bowl Subdivision as an independent,[5] after the WAC transitioned to a non-football playing Division I conference, after the 2012 season.[6] Idaho would only remain a football independent for the 2013 season; on March 27 of that year, the Sun Belt Conference announced that Idaho, previously a football-only Sun Belt member in the 2001–2004 seasons, would return as a football-only member starting with the 2014 season.[7]

Conference championships[edit]

The Vandals have won ten conference championships in their history,
nine of them in the Big Sky.[8]

Conference Season Head Coach
Big Sky 1965* Steve Musseau
1968* Y C McNease
1971 Don Robbins
1982* Dennis Erickson
1985
1987 Keith Gilbertson
1988
1989 John L. Smith
1992*
Big West 1998 Chris Tormey
* denotes shared championship

I-AA playoffs[edit]

For 18 seasons (1978–95), Idaho was a member of Division I-AA (now FCS), and participated in the I-AA playoffs eleven times to compile a 6-11 playoff record. The Vandals were 4-4 at home and 2-7 on the road, with a 4-7 record in the first round (2-4 at home, 2-3 away). The best advancements were to the national semifinals in 1988 and 1993, but both seasons ended with road losses by large margins to the eventual national champions. The 1982 and 1990 teams advanced to the quarterfinals, but both lost close road games to the eventual national champions.[9]

Season Round Score Head Coach
1982 First @ Idaho   21   Montana 7 Dennis Erickson
(1–2)
Quarterfinal @ E. Kentucky 38 Idaho   30  
1985 First E. Washington 42 @ Idaho 38
1986 First @ Nevada-Reno 27 Idaho 7 Keith Gilbertson
(2–3)
1987 First Weber St. 59 @ Idaho 30
1988 First @ Idaho 38 Montana 19
Quarterfinal @ Idaho 38 Northwestern St. 30
Semifinal @ Furman 38 Idaho 7
1989 First E. Illinois 38 @ Idaho 21 John L. Smith
(3–5)
1990 First Idaho 41 @ SW Missouri St. 35
Quarterfinal @ Georgia So. 28 Idaho 27
1992 First McNeese St. 23 @ Idaho 20
1993 First Idaho 34 @ Northeast Louisiana 31
Quarterfinal @ Idaho 21 Boston U. 14
Semifinal @ Youngstown St. 35 Idaho 16
1994 First @ McNeese St. 38 Idaho 21
1995 First @ McNeese St. 33 Idaho 3 Chris Tormey

All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current CUSA opponents as of the start of the 2014 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Appalachian State 0 0 0 - - -
Arkansas State 4 5 0 .444 Lost 1 1975 2013
Georgia Southern 0 1 0 .000 Lost 1 1990 1990
Georgia State 0 0 0 - - -
Louisiana–Lafayette 1 3 0 .250 Won 1 2001 2004
Louisiana–Monroe 3 2 0 .600 Lost 1 1993 2004
New Mexico State 14 6 0 .700 Lost 1 1971 2013
South Alabama 0 0 0 - - -
Texas State 3 3 0 .500 Lost 3 1990 2013
Troy 0 1 0 .000 Lost 1 2004 2004
Totals 25 21 0 .543

Bowl history[edit]

The Vandals have played in two bowls since rejoining the FBS and have won both.[4]

Season Bowl City Score Head Coach
1998   Humanitarian     Boise     Idaho Vandals     42     Southern Miss     35     Chris Tormey  
2009 Humanitarian Boise Idaho Vandals 43 Bowling Green 42 Robb Akey

Notable players[edit]

NFL[edit]

CFL[edit]

Coaches[edit]

(former Vandal football players)

Retired numbers[edit]

  Number   Player Position(s) Varsity
seasons
9 Ken Hobart QB   198083  
17 John Friesz QB 198689
53   Wayne Walker     LB / C / LS   1955–57
56 John Yarno C 1973–76
64 Jerry Kramer G / DT / PK 1955–57


Top NFL Draft selections[edit]

Player Position Overall
Pick
Round   NFL  
Draft
Franchise
Ray McDonald   RB 13 1st 1967 Washington Redskins
Mike Iupati G 17 1st 2010 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Kramer G / PK 39 4th 1958 Green Bay Packers
Doug Nussmeier QB 116 4th 1994 New Orleans Saints
Carl Kiilsgaard T 61 5th 1950 Chicago Cardinals
Ryan Phillips LB 68 3rd 1997 New York Giants
Jim Prestel DT 70 6th 1959 Cleveland Browns
Jim Norton S / P 75 7th 1960 Detroit Lions
John Yarno C 87 4th 1977 Seattle Seahawks
Jeff Robinson DE / TE / LS 98 4th 1993 Denver Broncos
Mark Schlereth G 263 10th 1989 Washington Redskins

Coaching records[edit]

Head Coach Years Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Fred Herbold 1900–1901 2 4 2 1 .643
John G. Griffith (a) 1902–1906 5 13 9 1 .587
John R. Middleton 1907–1908 1 3 4 0 .429
John S. Grogan 1909 1 2 3 0 .400
John G. Griffith (b) 1910–1914 5 15 13 1 .534
Charles Rademacher 1915 1 1 4 1 .250
Wilfred C. Bleamaster 1916–1917 2 5 8 0 .385
Ralph Hutchinson 1919 1 2 3 0 .400
Thomas Kelley 1920–1921 2 8 5 1 .607
Matty Mathews 1922–1925 4 16 14 2 .531
Charles Erb 1926–1928 3 10 9 5 .521
Leo Calland 1929–1934 6 21 30 0 .412
Ted Bank 1935–1940 6 18 33 3 .361
Francis Schmidt 1941–1942 2 7 12 0 .368
Babe Brown 1945–1946 2 2 15 0 .118
Dixie Howell 1947–1950 4 13 20 1 .397
Babe Curfman 1951–1953 3 7 19 1 .278
Skip Stahley 1954–1961 8 22 51 1 .304
Dee Andros 1962–1964 3 11 16 1 .411
Steve Musseau 1965–1967 3 13 17 0 .433
Y C McNease 1968–1969 2 7 13 0 .350
Don Robbins 1970–1973 4 20 24 0 .455
Ed Troxel 1974–1977 4 16 25 3 .398
Jerry Davitch 1978–1981 4 15 29 0 .341
Dennis Erickson (a) 19821985 4 32 15 0 .681
Keith Gilbertson 19861988 3 28 9 0 .757
John L. Smith 1989–1994 6 53 21 0 .716
Chris Tormey 1995–1999 5 33 23 0 .589
Tom Cable 2000–2003 4 11 35 0 .239
Nick Holt 2004–2005 2 5 18 0 .217
Dennis Erickson (b) 2006 1 4 8 0 .333
Robb Akey 20072012 6 20 50 0 .286
Jason Gesser ^ 2012  1^ 0 4 0 .000
Paul Petrino 2013–present 1 1 11 0 .083
Totals (1893–2013) Total 116 444 580 26 .435

^ Interim head coach - Gesser coached the final four games of 2012 after Akey was relieved on October 21.

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 TBA
at Florida vs Ohio vs Montana State vs UNLV at Fresno State at Wyoming vs Nevada
vs Western Michigan at USC at Washington at Western Michigan vs Wyoming at Old Dominion
at Ohio vs Wofford at Washington State at Nevada at Northern Illinois
at San Diego State at Auburn at UNLV at Florida at Temple

Source:[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Idaho Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Kibbie Dome". IdahoPTV. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records". NCAA. p. 66. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  4. ^ a b "Idaho Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  5. ^ "State board approves Idaho becoming FBS independent". USAToday. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Brian (9 October 2012). "WAC adds Utah Valley, CSU Bakersfield; Will it be able to keep Idaho?". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Idaho and New Mexico State to Join Sun Belt Conference As Football members in 2014" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. March 27, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Idaho Conference Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  9. ^ "FCS Championship History (Known as I-AA from 1978-2006)". The FCS College Football Weekly Preview. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  10. ^ "John Friesz". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  11. ^ "Mark Schlereth Statistics". Pro-football-statistics.com. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  12. ^ ESPN.com - NFL Draft 2010 - "Idaho's '58 Specials" - 2010-04-10
  13. ^ "Idaho Vandals Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 

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