Idaho State Bengals football

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Idaho State Bengals football
2016 Idaho State Bengals football team
Idaho State wordmark.png
First season 1963
Athletic director Jeff Tingey
Head coach Mike Kramer
6th year, 16–41 (.281)
Stadium Holt Arena
Seating capacity 12,000
Field surface SoftTop Matrix
(2011–)
AstroTurf
(1970–2010)
Location Pocatello, Idaho, U.S.
Conference Big Sky Conference
All-time record 449–463–20 (.492)
Bowl record 2–0–0 (1.000)
Claimed nat'l titles 1 (1981, Div. I-AA)
Conference titles 8
(5 RMAC, 3 Big Sky)
Colors Black and Orange[1]
         
Rivals Weber State
Montana
Website ISUBengals.com

The Idaho State Bengals football program represents Idaho State University in college football and plays its home games at Holt Arena, an indoor facility on campus in Pocatello. Idaho State is a charter member of the Big Sky Conference in NCAA Division I FCS (formerly Division I-AA). Through the 2011 season, the Bengals have an all-time record of 451–472–20 (.489).[2]

History[edit]

After a winless 0–11 season in 1979, Bud Hake was fired after three years and a 5–28 (.152) record.[3] Dave Kragthorpe was hired as head coach for the 1980 season, and the Bengals went 6–5 in his first year. The following season, ISU won the Division I-AA Championship. Following two playoff victories at home, the Bengals defeated Eastern Kentucky 34–23 in the Pioneer Bowl at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas.[4] The quarterback during the 12–1 championship season was senior Mike Machurek,[4] a junior college transfer from San Diego City College;[5] he was a sixth round selection in the 1982 NFL draft (154th overall). Machurek spent over three seasons with the Detroit Lions,[6] and had treatment for skin cancer during the second.[7]

Idaho State returned to the I-AA playoffs in 1983, but lost 27–20 at home in the first round to conference champion Nevada-Reno.[8] The Bengals have not made another playoff appearance, although they were tri-Big Sky champions in 2002, all at 5–2 in conference play (and 1–1 against each other). ISU (8–3) was passed over for the playoffs, however, for Montana (10–2) and Montana State (7–5), the other tri-champs that year.

Following the 2010 season, head coach John Zamberlin was fired after four seasons (6–39, .143) and Mike Kramer was hired as ISU's 25th head football coach. During his first season in 2011 the Bengals won only two games. Kramer was formerly the head coach at Eastern Washington and Montana State.[9] Among his assistants are former University of Alabama football players Todd Bates and Rudy Griffin and former Brigham Young University player Mike Rigell.[10]

Idaho State formerly had spirited intrastate rivalries with both the University of Idaho and Boise State University, when all three schools were members of the Big Sky Conference. Since Idaho and BSU left the Big Sky for the Big West in 1996 to move up to Division I-A, ISU has played the teams infrequently and Weber State University of nearby Ogden has become ISU's main rival in football. The Bengals also claim a rivalry with the Montana Grizzlies of Missoula, though ISU has only one victory in the last sixteen meetings.[11]

Conference Affiliations[edit]

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1952 RMAC 8–0–0 5–0
1953 6–2–0 5–0
1955 8–1–0 6–0
1957 9–0–0 4–0
1959 6–2–0 3–0
1963 Big Sky 5–3–0 3–1
1981 12–1–0 6–1
2002 8–3–0 5–2
Total Conference Titles 8

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results[edit]

The Bengals have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs two times with a record of 3–1. They were National Champions in 1981.

Year Round Opponent Result
1981 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Rhode Island
South Carolina State
Eastern Kentucky
W 51–0
W 41–12
W 34–23
1983 First Round Nevada L 20–27

All-Americans[edit]

The Bengals have had five two-time All-Americans: wide receiver Ed Bell ('68-'69), defensive end Josh Hays ('95-96), placekicker Pete Garces ('98-'99), defensive end Jared Allen ('02-'03), and punter David Harrington ('10-'11). Allen also won the prestigious Buck Buchanan Award in 2003 as the top defensive player in the nation in Division 1-AA. Wide receiver Rodrick Rumble was an All-American in 2011, a season in which he broke the Big Sky conference record for receptions with 112. Return specialist Tavoy Moore was given first-team All-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association for the 2010 season. Punter Jon Vanderwielen earned several All-American honors in 2009.[12]

Coaching history[edit]

Head Coach Years Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Herbert Chaney 1902–1903 2 5 1 1 .786
Charles Rowe 1904 1 1 3 0 .250
Hubert Upjohn 1905–1906 2 3 2 3 .563
John Morris 1907–1908 2 8 5 0 .615
Harvey Holmes 1909–1914 6 28 10 0 .737
Reuben Bronson (a) 1915–1916 2 9 5 0 .643
J.T. Fogt 1917 1 2 2 0 .500
Reuben Bronson (b) 1919 1 2 2 1 .500
Ralph Hutchinson 1920–1927 8 25 24 2 .510
Felix Plastino 1928–1934 7 34 16 3 .670
Guy Wicks 1935–1940 6 29 17 1 .628
John Vesser 1941–1951 9 41 27 6 .595
Babe Caccia 1952–1965 14 79 38 2 .664
Leo McKillop 1966–1967 2 4 15 0 .211
Ed Cavanaugh 1968–1971 4 28 19 0 .596
Bob Griffin 1972–1975 4 21 20 0 .512
Joe Pascale 1976 1 1 9 0 .100
Bud Hake 1977–1979 3 5 27 0 .156
Dave Kragthorpe 1980–1982 3 21 14 0 .600
Jim Koetter 1983–1987 5 23 32 1 .411
Garth Hall 1988–1991 4 9 33 1 .214
Brian McNeely 1992–1996 5 21 34 0 .382
Tom Walsh 1997–1998 2 6 16 0 .261
Larry Lewis 1999–2006 8 40 49 0 .449
John Zamberlin 2007–2010 4 6 39 0 .133
Mike Kramer 2011–present 4 14 32 0 .304
Totals 1902–2014 110 457 492 21 .482

Holt Arena[edit]

The Bengals play home games in Holt Arena, an indoor multi-purpose athletic stadium located on the north end of the ISU campus. Completed in September 1970, Holt Arena is the oldest enclosed stadium on a college campus in the United States and the second-oldest overall.[citation needed] Only the Houston Astrodome, completed in 1965, predates it.

The indoor arena was conceived by ISU athletic director Milton W. "Dubby" Holt in 1966. ISU students voted to appropriate not more than $2.8 million to the project two years later. Originally named the ASISU MiniDome, it replaced the outdoor "Spud Bowl" (now Davis Field) as the Bengals' home football stadium; it was renamed in 1988 to honor Holt.

After 41 football seasons on AstroTurf, infilled synthetic turf was installed in Holt Arena in July 2011. Similar to FieldTurf, the SoftTop Removable Matrix System [13] is also installed in AT&T Stadium in the NFL.

Idaho State players in the NFL[edit]

A number of players from Idaho State have gone on to play in the National Football League (NFL), including Jared Allen, Merrill Hoge, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Ed "The Flea" Bell, Mike Machurek, and Jeff Charleston.

In addition, a number of ISU alums have gone on to successful coaching careers, including Marvin Lewis, head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals; Dirk Koetter, the former head coach at Boise State and Arizona State, and Head Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Gary Andersen, the head coach at Oregon State University; and Kevin Gilbride, offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. (As a graduate assistant at Idaho State, Gilbride served as one of two co-coaches of the ISU women's basketball team.)

ISU also produced several players who went on to be very successful high school football coaches, including Jim and Brent Koetter (both of whom won Idaho state championships at both Pocatello and Highland high schools), and former Bengal quarterback Paul Peterson who led Eagle to the Idaho 5A state championship game three times in four seasons.

Players in the NFL Draft[edit]

Key[edit]

B Back K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end
Year Round Pick in round Overall pick Player Team Position
2004 4 30 126 Jared Allen Chiefs DE
2003 6 7 180 Eddie Johnson Vikings P
1987 10 10 261 Merril Hoge Steelers RB
1986 8 3 197 Kevin Hudgens Falcons DE
1985 9 24 248 Bob Otto Seahawks DE
1983 11 21 300 Dan Taylor Cowboys T
1983 12 14 321 Jim Lane Lions C
1982 6 15 154 Mike Machurek Lions QB
1982 8 19 214 Case DeBruijn Chiefs P
1977 3 18 74 Rick Scribner Packers G
1975 11 12 272 Rene Garnett Patriots DB
1975 12 11 297 Matt Kendon Patriots DT
1975 13 1 313 John Roman Colts G
1974 13 2 314 Brian Vertefeuille Chargers T
1974 15 19 383 Greg Mathis Raiders DB
1973 6 22 152 Tom Toner Packers LB
1973 8 11 193 Mike Hankock Redskins TE
1972 10 20 254 Phillip Price Raiders DB
1971 10 9 243 Carlis Harris Broncos WR
1970 9 20 228 Ed Bell Jets WR
1964 13 5 173 John Miller Lions T
1961 17 9 233 Tom Jewell 49ers T
1959 16 6 186 Bob Cook 49ers B
1958 21 12 253 Jim Wagstaff Lions B
1957 22 7 260 Paul Tripp 49ers T
1956 23 6 271 Al Stephenson Colts T[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brand Identity". Idaho State University. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Football Championship Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 41. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Idaho State's Hake quits". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. November 25, 1979. p. C6. 
  4. ^ a b "Bengals ride like the wind". Lewiston Morning Tribune Location=Idaho. Associated Press. December 21, 1981. p. 2D. 
  5. ^ Missildine, Harry (November 4, 1980). "Bengals won't miss meeting with Vandals". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 21. 
  6. ^ "Machurek may be out of a job". Ludington Daily News. Michigan. Associated Press. August 5, 1985. p. 9. 
  7. ^ "Machurek almost ready". Argus-Press. Owosso, Michigan. Associated Press. August 9, 1983. p. 10. 
  8. ^ "Nevada-Reno downs Idaho State in playoffs". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. November 27, 1983. p. 2B. 
  9. ^ "Kramer selected to coach Bengals". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 23, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  10. ^ "Kramer Announces Staff". Idaho State University Athletics. November 29, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  11. ^ cfbdatawarehouse.com - ISU vs. Montana - accessed 2011-09-22
  12. ^ "Moore Named First-Team All-American". Idaho State Athletics. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  13. ^ ISUBengals.com - Hellas Construction to Install New Holt Arena Turf - 2011-06-02 - accessed 2011-09-22
  14. ^ DraftHistory.com

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