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1974 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1974 record2–8–1 (2–2–1 Big Sky)
Head coachEd Troxel (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorDennis Erickson
(1st season)
Offensive schemeVeer [1]
Defensive coordinatorAndy Christoff (1st season)
Base defense5–2 [1]
CaptainMark Fredback (RB)
CaptainJoe White (SS)
Home stadiumIdaho Stadium
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Template:1974 Big Sky football standings The 1974 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach Ed Troxel 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.[2]

Troxel was promoted to head coach in December 1973,[3] after seven seasons at Idaho as an assistant under three head coaches, and several years as head coach of the track team. He was previously very successful at the high school level at Borah in Boise.[4] Troxel had previously declined the job in 1970 and days earlier in 1973, but was persuaded to reconsider by player support.[3][5][6]


With quarterbacks Dave Comstock, Dennis Ballock, and Ken Schrom running the veer offense,[1][7] the Vandals were 2–8–1 overall and 2–2–1 in the Big Sky.[8][9]

In the Battle of the Palouse, Idaho suffered a seventh straight loss to neighbor Washington State of the Pac-8, falling 17–10 at Martin Stadium in Pullman on September 21.[10] In the fourth game with new rival Boise State, the Vandals fell for the third time as the Broncos repeated as conference champions.[8][11] Idaho did not schedule Northern Arizona until the following season and both played only five games in conference this year.

This was the last year the Vandals played outdoors on campus; its new Idaho Stadium opened in October 1971 in the same footprint as its predecessor, wooden Neale Stadium (19371968), and neither venue had lights.[2] Artificial turf was installed in 1972; the 3M Tartan Turf was the first in the world produced in one continuous piece to allow it to be rolled up on a spool.[12] Following this season,[13][14] an arched roof and end walls were constructed in ten months to enclose it and the inaugural indoor game at the renamed Kibbie Dome was played on September 27, 1975.[15]

Notable players and coaches

Sophomore center John Yarno was a first-team AP All-American as a senior in 1976; he was selected in fourth round of the 1977 NFL Draft and played six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, the last five as a starter. Although quarterback Ken Schrom was projected as the starter for 1976 as a redshirt junior, he opted to pursue professional baseball after the 1976 baseball draft.[16] A pitcher, he was a major leaguer for seven seasons and an all-star as a reliever in 1986.

Dennis Erickson, age 27, was in his first year as an offensive coordinator,[17][18] and stayed for two seasons. He left for Fresno State and later San Jose State, then returned to the UI program in 1982 as head coach and the Vandals began a streak of fifteen consecutive winning seasons.

Division I

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).


Sep 1412:30 pmat Air Force*L 0–3732,364
Sep 211:30 pmat Washington State*L 10–1719,300
Sep 2810:30 amat Villanova*L 7–159,857
Oct 057:00 pmat Idaho State
  • ISU Minidome
  • Pocatello, Idaho [21]
W 28–912,000
Oct 121:30 pmWest Texas State*
L 6–2115,200
Oct 191:30 pmMontanadagger
T 35–3516,500
Oct 2612:30 pmat Montana State
  • Reno H. Sales Stadium
  • Bozeman, Montana [24]
L 21–366,117
Nov 0212:30 pmUtah State*
  • Idaho Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho [25]
L 3–175,500
Nov 0912:30 pmWeber State
  • Idaho Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho [26]
W 38–136,000
Nov 1611:30 amat Northern Illinois*L 21–273,712
Nov 2312:30 pmat Boise State
L 29–5314,486


1974 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Schrom, KenKen Schrom Fr
QB 12 Ballock, DennisDennis Ballock Sr
QB 14 Comstock, DaveDave Comstock Jr
FL 20 Dennis, KirkKirk Dennis Sr
TE 21 Dahlin, JoeJoe Dahlin Fr
RB 23 Nash, MontyMonty Nash So
FL 25 Mack, CollieCollie Mack
RB 30 Fredback, MarkMark Fredback (C) Sr
RB 33 Brantley, MarshallMarshall Brantley So
RB Brooks, RobertRobert Brooks Fr
RB 42 Dean, RobRob Dean
FB 44 Chadband, J.C.J.C. Chadband Jr
TE 45 McAfee, KevinKevin McAfee So
OL 50 Dorn, RandyRandy Dorn
C 56 Yarno, JohnJohn Yarno So
RG 51 Kramer, MikeMike Kramer Jr
LT 62 Adams, JohnJohn Adams Jr
LG 65 Nelson, KurtKurt Nelson Sr
OL 68 Hough, ClarenceClarence Hough So
OL 72 Callahan, ScottScott Callahan
RT 78 Overgaard, WilWil Overgaard So
TE 82 Duncanson, SteveSteve Duncanson Jr
SE 83 Coles, TimTim Coles Jr
Pos. # Name Class
FS, PK 11 Keilty, BillBill Keilty Jr
FS 27 Love, ChuckChuck Love Jr
CB 31 Clark, BillBill Clark So
S 37 Hopkins, BarryBarry Hopkins So
SS 38 White, JoeJoe White (C) Sr
CB 40 Sims, JohnnyJohnny Sims Jr
CB 43 Mooney, ChrisChris Mooney
LB 52 Robison, KevinKevin Robison
DT 53 Minium, DukeDuke Minium Sr
DE 55 Howard, VinceVince Howard Sr
LB 58 Kiilsgaard, KjelKjel Kiilsgaard So
LB 59 Kirtland, JohnJohn Kirtland So
LB 61 Siva, MikeMike Siva Jr
NG 63 Gallick, DaveDave Gallick Jr
NG 74 Allen, JimJim Allen
DT 77 Crnick, CraigCraig Crnick Jr
DE 81 Fisher, DougDoug Fisher Jr
DE 85 Tormey, ChrisChris Tormey So
LB 87 Kirtland, BillBill Kirtland
DE 88 Hodges, MarkMark Hodges Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK, P 7 Tanner, SteveSteve Tanner
PK 16 Filippini, ChuckChuck Filippini So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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



Two Vandals were named to the Big Sky all-conference team: fullback J.C. Chadband and tight end Steve Duncanson.[31]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Payne, Bob (September 8, 1974). "Idaho has some bodies, now...". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 6, sports.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Barrows, Bob (November 2, 1974). "Aggies, with 'Sweet Louie,' invade Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 11.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shelledy, Jay (December 20, 1973). "'Trox' changes mind, accepts Vandal grid challenge". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 17.
  4. "Vandals name Ed Troxel as defensive line coach". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press (Spokane, Washington): p. 12. January 24, 1967.,2344210.
  5. "Troxel motivated by players' pleas". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 27. December 20, 1973.
  6. Emerson, Paul (January 17, 1974). "Idaho AD eyes '75 for 'doming' Idaho Stadium". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 17.
  7. "Vandals vs. Cougars: rosters". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 12. September 21, 1974.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Boise State rips Idaho in shootout". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports. November 24, 1974.
  9. "Troxel hopes conqueror captures playoff honors". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 17. November 25, 1974.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Brown, Bruce (September 23, 1974). "WSU's potential stays dormant". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 15.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Emerson, Paul (November 24, 1974). "Boise State roars past Vandals, 53-29". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  12. "Football field rolls up". Southeast Missourian. Associated Press (Cape Girardeau): p. 12. February 22, 1973.,6368555.
  13. "Idaho Stadium roof near reality as 'gift' aids project approval". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 11. November 9, 1974.
  14. Martin, Vicki (November 9, 1974). "Regents okay stadium roof". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 9.
  15. Emerson, Paul (September 28, 1975). "Early ISU burst brings down roof on Vandal debut". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  16. Barrows, Bob (October 25, 1980). "Ken Schrom glad he switched to baseball". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 5B.,3315243.
  17. "Knecht only UI aide to return". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 18. January 17, 1974.
  18. "Idaho hires grid coaches". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI (Washington): p. 6. January 18, 1974.
  19. Payne, Bob (September 15, 1974). "Falcons rip fumbly Idaho". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports.
  20. "Safety big help; Villanova winner". Reading Eagle. Associated Press (Pennsylvania): p. 64. September 29, 1974.
  21. Drosendahl, Glenn (October 6, 1974). "Early-striking Vandals sack Idaho State 28-9". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 15.
  22. Emerson, Paul (October 13, 1974). "Buffaloes control Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 15.
  23. Drosendahl, Glenn (October 20, 1974). "Idaho, Montana race to 35-35 tie". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 13.
  24. Barrows, Bob (October 27, 1974). "MSU spurt spells Idaho loss, 36-21". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 13.
  25. Barrows, Bob (November 3, 1974). "Utah St. raps Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 17.
  26. Drosendahl, Glenn (November 10, 1974). "Vandals flex muscles, beat Weber 38-13". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 17.
  27. Emerson, Paul (November 17, 1974). "Idaho rallies, but not enough". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  28. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 12. September 21, 1974.
  29. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 14. October 12, 1974.
  30. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 12. October 19, 1974.
  31. "Boise, Montana players MVPs". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1B. November 28, 1974.

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