1980 Idaho Vandals football team
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|1980 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1980 record||6–5 (4–3 Big Sky)|
|Head coach||Jerry Davitch (3rd year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bill Tripp (3rd year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Leland Kendall  (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Kibbie Dome|
|1980 Big Sky football standings|
|#7 Boise State $^||6||–||1||–||0||10||–||3||–||0|
The 1980 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1980 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals were led by third-year head coach Jerry Davitch and were members of the Big Sky Conference. They played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.
With walk-on transfer quarterback Ken Hobart running the veer offense, the Vandals were 6–5 overall and 4–3 in the Big Sky to finish tied for second. Idaho lost to rival Boise State for the fourth straight year. BSU won the Big Sky title in 1980 and competed in the four team Division I-AA playoffs; the Broncos won the finals over defending champion Eastern Kentucky.
It was the first winning season for the Vandals since 1976 and only the fourth winning record for the football program in over four decades.
Transfer walk-on quarterback Ken Hobart was a four-year starter. He quickly adjusted from an option quarterback in the veer under Davitch to a prolific passer under new head coach Dennis Erickson in 1982. He led the Vandals to a 9–4 record in 1982 and an 8–3 record in 1983 as a fifth-year senior, when he was a Division I-AA All-American. Hobart played a season in the USFL with Jacksonville in 1984 and several in the CFL.
Glen White was the Vandals' leading rusher during his junior season in 1979, the best season by a UI running back in the 1970s. He missed the opener but gained 889 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the final ten games as the team finished at 4–7.
While in off-season training in February, White felt weakness and was sent to Seattle for further testing. Diagnosed with aplastic anemia, he battled it for several months until his death from complications on August 9 at an Oklahoma City hospital, near his parents' home at Fort Sill. White, age 22, was posthumously designated an honorary team captain for all 11 games and his Vandal teammates wore his number 32 on the left side of their helmets during the 1980 season.
|Sep 13||at Pacific - (Div. I-A)*||Pacific Memorial Stadium • Stockton, CA||L 13–24||15,000|
|Sep 20||Simon Fraser - (NAIA)*||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 56–16||11,500|
|Sep 27||at Montana||Dornblaser Field • Missoula, MT - (Little Brown Stein)||W 42–0||8,535|
|Oct 04||Portland State*||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 37–27||13,000|
|Oct 11||at Boise State||Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID - (BSU-UI rivalry)||L 21–44||21,812|
|Oct 18||Montana State||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 14–6||15,000|
|Oct 25||at San Jose State - (Div. I-A)*||Spartan Stadium • San Jose, CA||L 10–32||7,263|
|Nov 01||at Weber State||Stewart Stadium • Ogden, UT||W 31–6||11,000|
|Nov 08||Idaho State||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||L 21–28||12,000|
|Nov 15||Northern Arizona||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 14–7||10,000|
|Nov 22||at Nevada-Reno||Mackay Stadium • Reno, NV ||L 7–38||9,000|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.|
- "Idaho names two assistants". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). March 22, 1980. p. 14.
- Stewart, Chuck (September 3, 1980). "Stop 'em". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 23.
- "Idaho Vandals: yearly totals". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
- Killen, John (November 14, 1979). "Prodigal son: Glen White came back to Idaho and everybody's happy he did". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
- "Peaks and valleys". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 22, 1979. p. 1B.
- "Idaho back stricken". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). February 21, 1980. p. 23.
- "UI running back dies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). August 10, 1980. p. 2B.
- "Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 18, 1980. p. 4C.
- "White memory spurs Vandals to big victory". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). November 18, 1980. p. 30.
- "'96 Vandals will sport new look". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). April 28, 1996. p. 6B.
- Stewart, Chuck (November 18, 1980). "Nevada-Reno's 'Hawk' rips Vandals". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 18.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1981 University of Idaho yearbook - 1980 football season
- College Football Data Warehouse – Idaho Vandals (1980–84)