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1970 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1970 record4–7 (2–2 Big Sky)
Head coachDon Robbins (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorBobby Thompson (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorRay Fulton (1st season)
Base defense5–2
CaptainSteve Olson (QB)
CaptainRon Davis (TE)
CaptainTim Reese (DE)
Home stadiumRogers Field
(Pullman, Washington)
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Template:1970 Big Sky football standings The 1970 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach Don Robbins and were members of the Big Sky Conference, then in the college division of the NCAA. Without a usable stadium on their Moscow campus for a second year, they played their home games at Rogers Field at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.


Shortly after spring drills in May 1970, head coach Y C McNease was fired and assistant coach Robbins was promoted.[1][2][3] With quarterbacks Steve Olson and Tom Ponciano running the offense,[4][5] the Vandals were 4–7 overall and 2–2 in the Big Sky.[6] Winless after six games, they won four straight before dropping the finale. Entering the homecoming game on October 24, Idaho had a ten-game losing streak.[7][8][9][10]

In the Battle of the Palouse, the Vandals suffered a fourth straight loss to neighbor Washington State of the Pac-8, falling 44–16 at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane on September 19. After a scoreless first quarter, Idaho led by ten at halftime, but was then outscored 38–0.[11][12] It broke a ten-game losing streak for the Cougars,[13] and was their only win of the season.[14] The game with WSU was not played in 1969 or 1971.[15]

The Big Sky added two teams this season, but the Vandals played neither. The new rivalry with Boise State began in 1971 and Idaho did not schedule Northern Arizona until 1975.

The Vandals' former venue on campus, Neale Stadium, had been declared structurally unsafe due to soil erosion in the summer of 1969,[16] and its south grandstand burned that November in a suspected arson.[17] Idaho played home games at Rogers Field in Pullman in 1969 and 1970. In April 1970, Rogers Field also burned in a suspected arson,[18][19] which destroyed most of the primary grandstand on the south sideline, including the press box.[20] WSU played its home games in 1970 and 1971 in Spokane at Joe Albi Stadium. Requiring less seating capacity, Idaho continued at Rogers in 1970, with reserved seating switched to the north side and students in the unburned lower section of the south grandstand.[21] The new Idaho Stadium opened in October 1971.

University division

Through 1977, the Big Sky was a college division (renamed Division II in 1973) conference for football, except for university division (Division I) member Idaho, which moved down to the new Division I-AA in 1978. Idaho maintained its upper division status in the NCAA by playing university division non-conference opponents (and was ineligible for the college division postseason).


September 1212:30 pmat Air Force*L 7–4525,000
September 191:30 pmat Washington State*L 16–4427,200
September 261:30 pmPacific*L 10–1710,000
October 37:00 pmat Idaho State
  • ISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, Idaho [24]
L 14–3512,500
October 102:30 pmMontana
L 26–444,600
October 171:30 pmat Oregon*L 13–4921,300
October 241:30 pmPortland State*dagger
  • Rogers Field
  • Pullman, Washington [9][10]
W 17–166,700
October 3112:00 pmat Montana State
  • Gatton Field
  • Bozeman, Montana [28]
W 37–244,500
November 712:30 pmWeber State
  • Rogers Field
  • Pullman, Washington [29][30]
W 27–174,500
November 1412:30 pmat Utah State*W 42–1410,000
November 2111:30 amat Tulsa*L 17–3033,200


1970 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Ponciano, TomTom Ponciano Jr
QB 11 Olson, SteveSteve Olson (C) Sr
QB 12 Cole, BruceBruce Cole File:Redshirt.svg So
QB 18 Glindeman, PetePete Glindeman Jr
RB 20 Riley, FredFred Riley Jr
WR 21 Vernier, JessJess Vernier
RB 22 Williams, RobertRobert Williams Jr
RB 24 Ingles, JimJim Ingles
WR 25 Moreland, TerryTerry Moreland
RB 31 Wiscombe, MikeMike Wiscombe Sr
WR 37 Cooke, KellyKelly Cooke
RB 40 Peterson, RandyRandy Peterson So
RB Ball, SteveSteve Ball
WR,TE 45 Wilund, JimJim Wilund Jr
C 50 Muhlbeier, KenKen Muhlbeier So
LG 51 Durhan, JohnJohn Durhan Sr
OL 52 Bosma, LarryLarry Bosma So
OL 54 Davis, JohnJohn Davis
OL 59 Hanauer, DarylDaryl Hanauer So
OL 68 Wymer, JimJim Wymer Sr
RT 70 Beaver, RichardRichard Beaver Jr
OL 72 Myklebust, BobBob Myklebust
RG 73 Riley, FaustinFaustin Riley Jr
OL 74 Crnich, DaveDave Crnich So
OL 75 Kushlan, RichRich Kushlan Jr
OL 76 Fluke, BillBill Fluke
LT 77 Langmade, BruceBruce Langmade Sr
OL 78 Kupp, AndyAndy Kupp Jr
OL 79 Kristoff, JoeJoe Kristoff
TE, P 80 Davis, RonRon Davis (C) Sr
TE 82 Burchfield, DarrellDarrell Burchfield So
TE 86 Domzalski, JerryJerry Domzalski
WR 89 Goddard, JackJack Goddard Jr
Pos. # Name Class
S 12 Hathaway, JohnJohn Hathaway Jr
S 26 Holdren, SteveSteve Holdren Jr
CB 27 Sprute, PatPat Sprute Jr
S 34 Miller, BobBob Miller Jr
DB, P 36 Karlsson, KurtKurt Karlsson
LB 38 Craig, JesseJesse Craig Sr
CB 42 Courage, KellyKelly Courage So
CB 44 Cook, KirbyKirby Cook
LB 53 Marquess, RandRand Marquess So
LB 55 Roberts, RonRon Roberts Sr
DL 56 Busch, MarkMark Busch So
DL 57 Vest, SteveSteve Vest
LB 58 Sletager, RalphRalph Sletager So
LB 61 Linehan, RonRon Linehan Jr
DL 62 Shaner, FrankFrank Shaner
DT 65 Cady, BillBill Cady Jr
NG 67 Barker, SteveSteve Barker Jr
DT 69 Jackley, BrockBrock Jackley Sr
DT 71 Newell, MikeMike Newell So
DE 81 Jarman, TomTom Jarman Jr
DE 85 Simmons, RickRick Simmons
DL 87 Stevens, NeilNeil Stevens
DE 88 Reese, TimTim Reese (C) Sr
DL Boomer, HankHank Boomer
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 7 Castillo, RicardoRicardo Castillo Jr
Head coach
  • Don Robbins (1st year)
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

All conference

Four Vandals were selected to the all-Big Sky team: wide receiver Terry Moreland, halfback Fred Riley, defensive end Tim Reese, and linebacker Ron Linehan, a repeat pick. No second team was selected.[34]

NFL Draft

No Vandals were selected in the 1971 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).

Three juniors were selected in the 1972 NFL Draft, also seventeen rounds.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Fred Riley WR 6th 146 Atlanta Falcons
Andy Kupp G 10th 241 New Orleans Saints
Ron Linehan LB 17th 428 Pittsburgh Steelers


  1. "McNease fired from Vandal football coaching job". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 12. May 16, 1970.,3027140.
  2. "Whits, Idaho Idaho pick new grid bosses". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 13. May 16, 1970.
  3. "Robbins picked to coach Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 12. May 17, 1970.
  4. "Washington State-Idaho football special: rosters". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 1, special. September 19, 1970.
  5. "Soph quarterback presses Idaho vets". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 26. September 18, 1970.
  6. "Recruiting needs seen for Vandals". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 41. November 23, 1970.
  7. "Vandals hoping to avoid record 11th straight loss". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 8. October 24, 1970.
  8. "Idaho eyes 1st victory". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 13. September 19, 1970.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Payne, Bob (October 25, 1970). "Vandals win first – and they earned it". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Bacharach, Sam A. (October 25, 1970). "Idaho ends 10-game loss skein with win over Portland State". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 15.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Missildine, Harry (September 20, 1970). "Cougars roar back, swamp Vandals". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Brown, Bruce (September 21, 1970). "Next foes are tough". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 17.
  13. "WSU Cougars, Idaho Vandals set for "Battle of the Palouse"". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 8. September 19, 1970.
  14. Missildine, Harry (November 22, 1970). "Sonny Six dazzles Cougars". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  15. Missildine, Harry (September 19, 1970). "Battle of Palouse matches explosive offenses at Albi". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 14.
  16. "Idaho stadium unsafe for use". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 41. August 6, 1969.,1311571.
  17. "Late night fire destroys portion of Neale Stadium on Idaho campus". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 16. November 24, 1969.,4352015.
  18. "Fast blaze ruins Pullman stadium". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1. April 6, 1970.
  19. "WSU fire may be arson". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 1. April 6, 1970.
  20. "Fire in Rogers Field stands". Washington State University Libraries. April 5, 1970. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  21. "Rogers Field seating set for Vandals". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 23. September 25, 1970.
  22. Payne, Bob (September 13, 1970). "Air Force blitzes Vandals". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  23. Payne, Bob (September 27, 1970). "Pacific beats Idaho late". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  24. Bacharach, Sam A. (October 4, 1970). "ISU Bengals whip Vandals 35-14". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 12.
  25. Bacharach, Sam A. (October 11, 1970). "Vandals fall 44-26 to tough Montana". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 12.
  26. cawood, Neil (October 18, 1970). "Ducks bomb Vandals as UO records tumble". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon): p. 1B.
  27. Payne, Bob (October 18, 1970). "Oregon's offense surely too much". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  28. Payne, Bob (November 1, 1970). "Vandals have pleasant day with Montana State victory". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  29. Everson, Joe (November 8, 1970). "Vandals post third in a row". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 4, sports.
  30. Wakely, Dan (November 9, 1970). "2nd-half effort wins for Idaho". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 13.
  31. Payne, Bob (November 15, 1970). "Fast start helps Idaho rip Aggies". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  32. Payne, Bob (November 22, 1970). "Ill wind, Tulsa too much". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  33. "Bengals vs. Vandals: probable lineups". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 14. September 19, 1970.
  34. "Four Vandals selected as Sky stars". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 13. November 27, 1970.

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