1987 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

1987 Idaho Vandals football
University of Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Conference Big Sky Conference
1987 record 9–3 (7–1 Big Sky)
Head coach Keith Gilbertson
Offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick
Defensive coordinator Barry Lamb
Home stadium Kibbie Dome
« 1986 1988 »

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.

Notable games[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Notable players[edit]

The 1987 team included two future NFL players with lengthy pro careers: guard Mark Schlereth (redshirt junior)
and redshirt sophomore John Friesz, a future collegiate hall of fame quarterback as a three-year starter (1987-89).

1987 season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 5 Mankato State* Kibbie DomeMoscow, ID W 31–17   7,600
September 12 Central Michigan* Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID L 18–30   8,000
September 19 at Portland State* Civic StadiumPortland, OR W 17–10   8,535
September 26 at Northern Arizona Walkup SkydomeFlagstaff, AZ W 46–37   9,029
October 3 at Idaho State ISU MiniDomePocatello, ID L 21–30   10,764
October 10 Montana Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID - (Little Brown Stein) W 31–25   9,500
October 17 Nevada-Renodagger Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 38–28   15,100
October 24 Eastern Washington Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID W 31–24   11,500
October 31 at Weber State Stewart StadiumOgden, UT W 41–38   13,486
November 7 at Montana State Reno H. Sales StadiumBozeman, MT W 14–7   6,007
November 21 Boise State Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID - (BSU-UI rivalry) W 40–34   16,500
Division I-AA playoffs • 16 teams    
November 28 Weber State Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID - (Div. I-AA playoffs - 1st round) L 30–59   4,900
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.



  1. ^ College Football Data Warehouse - Idaho 1985-89 - accessed 2010-08-14

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