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
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Big West champion
Humanitarian Bowl champion
Conference Big West Conference
1998 record 9–3 (4–1 Big West)
Head coach Chris Tormey (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Phil Earley (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Jeff Mills (1st season)
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 NCAA Division I-A 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.[1][2][3][4][5] The Vandals were led by redshirt freshman quarterback John Welsh, in his fifth start; his first was at sixth-ranked LSU in late September.[6][7][8][9] 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.[10][11][12] Idaho began the season with very little experience at quarterback and two new coordinators, both promoted from within.[13][14] Sophomore Ed Dean was the opening day quarterback,[15][16][17][18] then junior college transfer Greg Robertson started six of the next eight games.[19] He re-injured his shoulder on Halloween,[20][21] and Welsh took over for the remainder of the season.[22]

In the rivalry game to end the regular season against Boise State, also at Bronco Stadium,[12] Idaho made a two-point conversion in overtime to win the conference title.[23] This was the fifteenth win over the Broncos in the last seventeen games dating back to 1982, but stands as the most recent; the Vandals then dropped a dozen straight to BSU through 2010, the last meeting in the series.

The Big West Conference discontinued football following the 2000 season; this remains Idaho's most recent conference title in football.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 6:05 PM Eastern Washington* Kibbie DomeMoscow, ID [15][16][17][18] W 31–14   10,495
September 12 6:00 PM at San Jose State* Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA [24][25][26][27] W 17–12   12,432
September 19 2:00 PM at Washington State* Martin StadiumPullman, WA [28][29][30][31][32] (Battle of the Palouse) L 16–24   36,770
September 26 5:00 PM at No. 6 LSU* Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA [6][7][8] L 20–53   80,466
October 3 3:05 PM Idaho State*dagger Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID [33][34][35] W 52–3   15,103
October 10 11:00 AM at Arkansas State* Indian StadiumJonesboro, AR [36][37] W 52–14   12,674
October 17 12:00 PM at Utah State Romney StadiumLogan, UT [38][39][40] W 26–14   14,206
October 24 3:05 PM Nevada Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID [41][42][43] L 23–58   13,123
October 31 4:35 PM at North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX [19][20][21] W 41–23   7,112
November 14 3:05 PM New Mexico State Kibbie Dome • Moscow, ID [22][44][45][46] W 36–32   14,435
November 21 12:00 PM at Boise State Bronco StadiumBoise, ID [12][23] (rivalry) W 36–35 OT  30,208
December 30 12:00 PM vs. Southern Mississippi* Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID [1][2][3][4][5] (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. ^ a b Meehan, Jim (December 31, 1998). "Destiny smiles on Idaho: UI stuns Southern Miss". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  2. ^ a b Johnson, David (December 31, 1998). "Vandals seize the moment". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1A. 
  3. ^ a b Sahlberg, Bert (December 31, 1998). "True Humanitarians". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  4. ^ a b Pond, Alex (December 31, 1998). "Vandals victorious". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  5. ^ a b "Idaho stuns S. Mississippi in Boise bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 31, 1998. p. 2D. 
  6. ^ a b Sahlberg, Bert (September 26, 1998). "Vandals set up for sacrifice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  7. ^ a b "Vandals engulfed by LSU whirlwind". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). staff and wire reports. September 27, 1998. p. 1B. 
  8. ^ a b Pond, Alex (September 28, 1998). "Plenty of positives for UI". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  9. ^ idaho.scout.com - '98 Bowl Champions Reunite For Spring Game - 2008-04-15 - accessed 2011-10-20
  10. ^ Sports Illustrated - Vandalized - 1999-01-09 - accessed 2011-10-20
  11. ^ Spokesman-Review - Then & Now: John Welsh ready to fight fire - 2008-04-22 - accessed 2011-10-20
  12. ^ a b c Sahlberg, Bert (November 21, 1998). "UI on verge of something big". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  13. ^ "Mills to head up UI defense as Tormey realigns staff". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). December 31, 1997. p. C9. 
  14. ^ "Vandals shuttle football coaching staff for '98". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). March 13, 1998. p. C3. 
  15. ^ a b Grummert, Dale (September 5, 1998). "Vandals stuck on rewind". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  16. ^ a b Pond, Alex (September 5, 1998). "Vandals out for revenge". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1D. 
  17. ^ a b Sahlberg, Bert (September 6, 1998). "Vandals defend their turf". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  18. ^ a b Pond, Alex (September 8, 1998). "Tormey: 'It was a good start'". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1D. 
  19. ^ a b Meehan, Jim (October 31, 1998). "Idaho, North Texas looking to rebound". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  20. ^ a b Sahlberg, Bert (November 1, 1998). "Looking good". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  21. ^ a b Pond, Alex (November 2, 1998). "Idaho takes command". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  22. ^ a b Sahlberg, Bert (November 14, 1998). "Vandals can't spare any emotion". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  23. ^ a b Sahlberg, Bert (November 22, 1998). "Humanitarian approach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  24. ^ Sahlberg, Bert (September 12, 1998). "Which way will UI go?". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  25. ^ Pond, Alex (September 12, 1998). "UI faces tough task in game at San Jose State". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1D. 
  26. ^ Sahlberg, Bert (September 13, 1998). "Strangely satisfying". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  27. ^ Pond, Alex (September 14, 1998). "Vandals handle Spartans". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  28. ^ Pond, Alex (September 18, 1998). "Rejoining a rivalry". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  29. ^ Grummert, Dale (September 19, 1998). "Can Idaho hang with Cougars?". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  30. ^ Strickland, Carter (September 20, 1998). "Taylor lifts struggling Cougars". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  31. ^ Grummert (September 20, 1998). "Still Cougs' domain". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  32. ^ Metcalfe, Ryan (September 21, 1998). "Cougars 24, Vandals 16". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  33. ^ Meehan, Jim (October 3, 1998). "Vandals, ISU full of incentives". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C2. 
  34. ^ Sahlberg, Bert (October 4, 1998). "Thomas initiates runaway". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  35. ^ Pond, Alex (October 5, 1998). "Baiting the Bengals". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  36. ^ Sahlberg, Bert (October 10, 1998). "Vandals out to steal some momentum". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  37. ^ Pond, Alex (October 12, 1998). "Vandals crush Indians". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  38. ^ Meehan, Jim (October 17, 1998). "Vandals wary of Utah State". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  39. ^ Sahlberg, Bert (October 18, 1998). "Tide turns Vandals' way". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  40. ^ Pond, Alex (October 19, 1998). "Vandals something special". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  41. ^ Meehan, Jim (October 24, 1998). "Vandals take on mystique-less Wolf Pack". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  42. ^ Sahlberg, Bert (October 25, 1998). "Vandals flattened". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  43. ^ Pond, Alex (October 26, 1998). "Pack mentality". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  44. ^ Meehan, Jim (November 14, 1998). "Idaho faces likely day of big gains". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  45. ^ Sahlberg, Bert (November 15, 1998). "Classic farewell scene". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  46. ^ Pond, Alex (November 16, 1998). "Zap! Pow!". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 

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