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1966 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1966 record4–6 (3–1 Big Sky)
Head coachSteve Musseau (2nd season)
CaptainJohn Foruria (QB)
CaptainRon Porter (LB)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
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Template:1966 Big Sky football standings The 1966 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1966 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by second-year head coach Steve Musseau and played a second season in the Big Sky Conference, but remained in the university division. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one home game in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College.

Led on the field by quarterbacks John Foruria and Steve Garman and senior fullback Ray McDonald, the Vandals were 4–6 overall and 3–1 in conference play. Idaho nearly won the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State for the third straight year, but lost 14–7 in the chilly mud at Neale Stadium after giving up two late touchdowns.[1][2][3] It remains the last time the rivalry was played in the state of Idaho; the Vandals dropped fourteen straight to the Cougars until consecutive wins in 1999 and 2000.

McDonald rushed for 255 yards in the season finale against Weber State and led the NCAA for the season with 1,329 yards.[4][5][6] He was the thirteenth overall selection in the 1967 NFL Draft, the highest-ever for a Vandal, taken by the Washington Redskins.


September 181:30 pmat Washington*L 7–1955,360
September 2412:30 pmat Montana State
  • Gatton Field
  • Bozeman, Montana [8]
L 10–249,500
October 11:30 pmPacific (CA)*daggerW 28–712,500
October 812:30 pmat Idaho State
  • Spud Bowl
  • Pocatello, Idaho [10]
W 27–207,000
October 151:30 pmat Oregon State*L 7–1416,141
October 221:30 pmWashington State*
L 7–1416,500
October 2912:30 pmvs. Oregon*
L 7–2811,500
November 51:30 pmat San Jose State*
L 7–2116,200
November 121:30 pmMontana
W 40–65,500
November 191:30 pmWeber State
W 42–124,800


1966 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Foruria, JohnJohn Foruria (C) Sr
QB 14 Gentle, PaulPaul Gentle Jr
QB, P 16 Rodriguez, JoeJoe Rodriguez Sr
QB 18 Garman, SteveSteve Garman So
E 20 Skaife, JerryJerry Skaife Sr
WB 22 McCollum, JoeJoe McCollum Sr
FB 32 McDonald, RayRay McDonald Sr
WB, PK 36 Danielson, DarrellDarrell Danielson Jr
FB 40 Chubb, ArtArt Chubb
WB 43 Pearsall, JimJim Pearsall So
HB 44 Slaughter, ButchButch Slaughter Sr
C 51 Atkinson, GaryGary Atkinson So
C 55 Skuse, BobBob Skuse Sr
OL 61 Kleinkopf, KarlKarl Kleinkopf Jr
RG 65 McCray, BobBob McCray Jr
LG 67 Ulrich, SteveSteve Ulrich Jr
OL 71 Thiemens, JimJim Thiemens Jr
OL 72 Evans, BrianBrian Evans Jr
LT 79 Grove, GaryGary Grove So
WR 81 Toney, RichRich Toney Jr
OL 82 Bufton, BillBill Bufton Sr
TE 83 Lavens, TimTim Lavens Sr
WR 88 Murrell, MannyManny Murrell So
Pos. # Name Class
S 11 Ahlin, JerryJerry Ahlin Sr
DB 20 Davidson, PatPat Davidson Jr
CB 21 Nelson, DickDick Nelson So
DB 24 Strickland, ByronByron Strickland Jr
CB 27 Dotson, KennyKenny Dotson So
DB 34 Shelt, JohnJohn Shelt Jr
DB 38 Young, GayleGayle Young Jr
DB 42 Young, RobRob Young So
DB 45 Woodward, RobRob Woodward
LB 50 Busby, AlAl Busby Sr
DT 60 Daniel, JohnJohn Daniel Sr
LB 63 Pratt, LaVerleLaVerle Pratt Sr
LB 66 Porter, RonRon Porter (C) Sr
DT 70 Fitzpatrick, GaryGary Fitzpatrick Sr
MG 73 Carson, TomTom Carson So
DL 74 Mann, VicVic Mann Jr
DT 75 Arndt, DickDick Arndt Sr
DT 78 Fernandez, BudBud Fernandez Sr
DE, KR 80 Miller, RayRay Miller Sr
DE 85 Stephens, TomTom Stephens Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 16 Rodriguez, JoeJoe Rodriguez Sr
PK 36 Danielson, DarrellDarrell Danielson Jr
KR 80 Miller, RayRay Miller Sr
Head coach
  • Steve Musseau (2nd year)
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Herb Adams (OB)
  • Walt Anderson (OL)
  • Billy Hughes (DB)
  • Jack Jacobsen (LB)
  • John G. Smith (DL)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt


Fullback Ray McDonald was a unanimous selection to the all-conference team, joined by guard Steve Ulrich, center Bob Skuse, defensive end Tom Stephens, middle guard Dick Arndt, and linebacker Ron Porter.[19][20] Second team (honorable mention) picks were guard Bob McCray, tackle Gary Fitzpatrick, tight end Tim Lavens, quarterback Steve Garman, defensive tackles John Daniel and Ray Miller, linebacker Jerry Ahlin, and defensive backs Byron Strickland and John Foruria.[20]

McDonald was a second-team All-American (AP, UPI, NEA),[21] and a first team selection by the Sporting News and Time.[22][23]

NFL Draft

Four Vandal seniors were selected in the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft, the first common draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (445 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ray McDonald RB 1st 13 Washington Redskins
Ron Porter LB 5th 126 Baltimore Colts
John Foruria QB 8th 192 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tim Lavens TE 9th 212 New Orleans Saints

Three seniors were previously selected as future picks in the 1966 NFL Draft, which lasted twenty rounds (305 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Dick Arndt DT 5th 77 Los Angeles Rams
Ray Miller DE 7th 108 Green Bay Packers
LaVerle Pratt LB 14th 210 St. Louis Cardinals


  1. 1.0 1.1 Missildine, Harry (October 23, 1966). "Glen Shaw's sprint defeats Vandals". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wilson, Mike (October 23, 1966). "WSU scores twice in fourth quarter to beat Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 12.
  3. Spoerhase, Jim (October 24, 1966). "Rally by Cougars trips Idaho 14-7". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 17.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Payne, Bob (November 20, 1966). "Ray McDonald caps year". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wilson, Mike (November 20, 1966). "Inspired Idaho Vandals topple Weber State 42-12". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 10.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Big Mac explodes in Idaho finale". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 14. November 21, 1966.
  7. Payne, Bob (September 18, 1966). "Hot Huskies top Idaho in opener". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  8. "Upended Vandals to face Pacific". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 17. September 26, 1966.
  9. Wilson, Mike (October 2, 1966). "McDonald's 80-yard TD run aids Vandals' victory". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 12.
  10. "Idaho defeats Idaho State 27-20". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 15. October 9, 1966.
  11. Hoefflin, Walter (October 16, 1966). "Preece sparks OSU's victory". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon): p. 1B.
  12. "Oregon State Beavers nip inspired Idaho Vandals 14-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 8. October 16, 1966.
  13. Uhrhammer, Jerry (October 30, 1966). "Ducks ignite, blast Idaho". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon): p. 1B.
  14. Payne, Bob (October 29, 1966). "Beavers rip Cougars; Idaho falls". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  15. Payne, Bob (November 6, 1966). "San Jose bombs way past Idaho". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  16. Payne, Bob (November 13, 1966). "It's Ray over Montana". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  17. "WSU pins hopes on untried soph". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 15. October 21, 1966.
  18. Payne, Bob (October 22, 1966). "Name of game is 'Knock': Cougs, Vandals make war". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 10.
  19. "Big Sky selects 6 Idaho gridders". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 33. December 1, 1966.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Six Vandals on all-opponent Big Sky team". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 16. December 2, 1966.
  21. "Ray McDonald selected for second team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 17. December 9, 1966.
  22. "Pro scouts tab McDonald best". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 10. December 6, 1966.
  23. "McDonald reportedly receives $750,000 offer from Canada". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 16. December 9, 1966.

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