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1973 [[Script error]]
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
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1973 record4–7 (3–2 Big Sky)
Head coachDon Robbins (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorDon Matthews (1st season)
Offensive schemeVeer [1]
Defensive coordinatorTom Roth [2][3] (1st season)
Base defense4–3 [1]
CaptainRick Seefried (QB)
CaptainAlan Vance (DE)
Home stadiumIdaho Stadium
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Template:1973 Big Sky football standings The 1973 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. The Vandals were led by fourth-year head coach Don Robbins and were members of the Big Sky Conference, then in Division II. They played their home games at new Idaho Stadium, an unlit outdoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.


With quarterbacks Rick Seefried, Dave Comstock, and Dennis Ballock running the veer offense,[1][2][3] the Vandals were 4–7 overall and 3–2 in the Big Sky.[4]

In the Battle of the Palouse, Idaho suffered a sixth straight loss to neighbor Washington State of the Pac-8, falling 51–24 at Martin Stadium in Pullman on September 29.[5]

In their third game with new rival Boise State and first in Moscow, the Vandals fell at home 47–24 on September 15;[6] this was the only outdoor meeting in Moscow in the series. The Broncos went on to win the first of three consecutive conference championships. Idaho did not schedule Northern Arizona until 1975 and both played only five games in conference.

At the conclusion of the season, Robbins' contract was not renewed.[7][8][9] He was succeeded by Ed Troxel, a Vandal assistant coach since 1967 and also the head coach of the track team.[10][11][12]

Division IEdit

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


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1973 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Ballock, DennisDennis Ballock Jr
QB 14 Comstock, DaveDave Comstock So
WR 16 Williams, JerryJerry Williams
QB 18 Seefried, RickRick Seefried (C) Sr
WR, P 20 Dennis, KirkKirk Dennis Jr
WR 21 Mack, CollieCollie Mack Jr
RB 22 Mitchell, DennisDennis Mitchell Jr
RB 23 Nash, MontyMonty Nash Fr
WR 27 Dowdy, JeromeJerome Dowdy
RB 30 Fredback, MarkMark Fredback Jr
WR 31 Welch, JimJim Welch Sr
RB 33 Brantley, MarshallMarshall Brantley Fr
RB 36 Brown, RichRich Brown Jr
RB 42 Dean, RobRob Dean Jr
FB 44 Chadband, J.C.J.C. Chadband So
TE 45 McAfee, KevinKevin McAfee Fr
OL 51 Kramer, MikeMike Kramer So
C 56 Yarno, JohnJohn Yarno Fr
LG 62 Adams, JohnJohn Adams
RG 65 Nelson, KurtKurt Nelson Jr
C 67 Pritchard, CraigCraig Pritchard Sr
OL 69 Hershey, DaveDave Hershey
LT 70 Sinclair, JerryJerry Sinclair Sr
OL 72 Callahan, ScottScott Callahan
LG 73 Fee, PatPat Fee Sr
OL 75 Hough, ClarenceClarence Hough Fr
RT 76 Van Duyne, BobBob Van Duyne Sr
RG 79 Wolske, KevinKevin Wolske Sr
WR, DB 80 Curcio, JayJay Curcio Sr
TE 82 Duncanson, SteveSteve Duncanson So
WR 83 Coles, TimTim Coles So
TE 85 Kashetta, BillBill Kashetta Sr
Pos. # Name Class
SS 10 Lofton, SydSyd Lofton So
FS 11 Bruns, BuckyBucky Bruns Sr
CB 24 Nelson, RossRoss Nelson Jr
CB 25 Hall, RandyRandy Hall Sr
SS 26 Parsons, CurtCurt Parsons So
DB 38 White, JoeJoe White Jr
DB 40 Sims, JohnnyJohnny Sims So
DB 43 Mooney, ChrisChris Mooney
LB 50 Dorn, RandyRandy Dorn
LB 52 Robison, KevinKevin Robison Sr
LB 53 Minium, DukeDuke Minium Jr
LB 54 Morscheck, FredFred Morscheck
LB 55 Howard, VinceVince Howard Jr
LB 58 Kiilsgaard, KjelKjel Kiilsgaard Fr
LB 59 Kirtland, JohnJohn Kirtland Fr
LB 60 Scott, BrianBrian Scott Jr
LB 61 Blanck, ChuckChuck Blanck Sr
LB 63 Kirtland, BillBill Kirtland
DT 68 Grimsrud, LloydLloyd Grimsrud Sr
DL 71 Attishin, RickRick Attishin
DL 74 Allen, JimJim Allen
DT 77 Arnold, EdEd Arnold Fr
DT 78 Sherbina, LorneLorne Sherbina Sr
DL 81 Fisher, DougDoug Fisher So
DE 84 Tauvage, AlofaAlofa Tauvage Sr
DE 86 Doud, TomTom Doud Sr
DE 87 Vance, AlanAlan Vance (C) Sr
LB 89 Tormey, ChrisChris Tormey Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK, P 7 Tanner, SteveSteve Tanner
PK 16 Filippini, ChuckChuck Filippini
KR 31 Welch, JimJim Welch Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt



Four Vandals were selected to the Big Sky all-conference team: tight end Bill Kashetta, defensive tackle Lloyd Grimsrud, cornerback Randy Hall and safety Bucky Bruns. Three were named to the second team (honorable mention): running back Mark Fredback, wide receiver Tim Coles, and offensive tackle Bob Van Duyne.[6][7]

NFL DraftEdit

Two Vandal seniors were selected in the 1974 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Bob Van Duyne G 10th 240 Baltimore Colts
Randy Hall DB 13th 317 Baltimore Colts


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named srrrelx
  2. Payne, Bob (September 7, 1974). "Vandals experienced but untested". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 21.
  3. "Idaho vs UTEP: probable starters". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 14. September 7, 1973.
  4. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 14. September 15, 1973.
  5. "Vandals' finale rated important". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17. November 16, 1973.
  6. "Montana St. places nine on Big Sky all-star squad". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 15. December 1, 1974.
  7. "Four Vandals on Sky Squad". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington ((Washington)): p. 10. December 1, 1973.

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