1987 Idaho Vandals football team
|1987 Idaho Vandals football|
Big Sky champion
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1987 record||9–3 (7–1 Big Sky)|
|Head coach||Keith Gilbertson (2nd year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bill Diedrick (2nd year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Barry Lamb (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Kibbie Dome|
|1987 Big Sky football standings|
|Weber State ^||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||3||–||0|
The 1987 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1987 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by second-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.
The Vandals won their second conference title in three seasons, and made the I-AA playoffs for the third consecutive season. Led by redshirt sophomore quarterback John Friesz, Idaho finished the regular season at 9–2 and 7–1 in the Big Sky.
Following a non-conference loss at home to Central Michigan and a road loss to intrastate rival Idaho State, Idaho won its final six games of the regular season. The Vandals defeated Nevada-Reno for only the second time in the ten meetings since the Wolf Pack joined the Big Sky in 1979. The Vandals defeated rival Boise State for the sixth consecutive year, the sixth of twelve straight over the Broncos.
Division I-AA playoffs
For the third consecutive season, Idaho returned to the 16-team I-AA playoffs. The Vandals hosted conference foe Weber State, whom they had defeated in Utah four weeks earlier by three points. The Wildcats won the rematch 59–30, before a sparse crowd at the Kibbie Dome two days after Thanksgiving, ending the Vandals' season at 9–3.
The 1987 team included three future NFL players with lengthy pro careers: defensive end Marvin Washington, guard Mark Schlereth, and redshirt sophomore John Friesz, a future collegiate hall of fame quarterback as a three-year starter (1987–89).
|September 5||7:00 pm||Minnesota State*||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 31–17||7,600|
|September 12||7:00 pm||Central Michigan*||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||L 18–30||8,000|
|September 19||7:00 pm||at Portland State*||Civic Stadium • Portland, OR||W 17–10||8,535|
|September 26||7:00 pm||at Northern Arizona||Walkup Skydome • Flagstaff, AZ||W 46–37||9,029|
|October 3||6:30 pm||at Idaho State||ISU MiniDome • Pocatello, ID||L 21–30||10,764|
|October 10||7:00 pm||Montana||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID (Little Brown Stein)||W 31–25||9,500|
|October 17||1:00 pm||Nevada||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 38–28||15,100|
|October 24||7:00 pm||Eastern Washington||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID||W 31–24||11,500|
|October 31||12:00 pm||at Weber State||Wildcat Stadium • Ogden, UT||W 41–38||13,486|
|November 7||12:00 pm||at Montana State||Reno H. Sales Stadium • Bozeman, MT||W 14–7||6,007|
|November 21||4:30 pm||Boise State||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID (Rivalry)||W 40–34||16,500|
|November 28||12:30 pm||Weber State*||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID  (Div. I-AA playoffs)||L 30–59||4,900|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. All times are in Pacific Time.|
- Gem of the Mountains: 1988 University of Idaho yearbook - 1987 football season