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1975 [[Script error]]
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
DivisionScript error
1975 record4–5–2 (2–2–2 Big Sky)
Head coachEd Troxel (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorDennis Erickson
(2nd season)
Offensive schemeVeer [1]
Defensive coordinatorAndy Christoff (2nd season)
Base defense5–2 [2]
CaptainBill Keilty (FS)
CaptainSteve Duncanson (TE)
CaptainMike Kramer (RG)
CaptainJohn Yarno (C)[1][3]
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
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Template:1975 Big Sky football standings The 1975 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. The Vandals were led by second-year head coach Ed Troxel and were members of the Big Sky Conference, then in Division II. They played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.


With quarterbacks Dave Comstock and Ken Schrom running the veer offense,[1][2][3] the Vandals were 4–5–2 overall and 2–2–2 in the Big Sky.[4][5]

In the Battle of the Palouse, the Vandals suffered an eighth straight loss to neighbor Washington State of the Pac-8, falling 84–27 at Martin Stadium in Pullman on November 15. The score was 56–14 at the half and 77–27 after three quarters.[6][7][8] The Cougars went winless in the Pac-8 in 1975 and were 3–8 overall.

This was the first year the Vandals played home games indoors; the Kibbie Dome's arched roof and end walls were constructed in ten months following the 1974 season. Opened in October 1971, it was an unlit outdoor venue known as new Idaho Stadium for four seasons, the last three with artificial turf. Its predecessor Neale Stadium was also without lights, so this was the first season of night football games on campus. The Vandals lost the opener to Idaho State on September 27,[9] and tied Boise State in the dedication game two weeks later.[10][11]

Notable players and coachesEdit

Junior center John Yarno was selected in fourth round of the 1977 NFL Draft played six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Although quarterback Schrom was projected as the starter for 1976 as a redshirt junior, he opted to pursue professional baseball after the 1976 baseball draft.[12] A pitcher, he was a major leaguer for seven seasons and an all-star as a reliever in 1986.

Dennis Erickson, age 28, completed his second year as offensive coordinator, then left for Fresno State; he returned to the UI program in 1982 as head coach.

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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1975 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Schrom, KenKen Schrom So
QB, P 12 Tuttle, RockyRocky Tuttle Fr
QB 14 Comstock, DaveDave Comstock Sr
SE 18 Allen, KirkKirk Allen Fr
F, P 22 Cheek, BobBob Cheek Fr
RB 23 Nash, MontyMonty Nash Sr
RB 25 Brooks, RobertRobert Brooks So
RB 30 Lappano, TimTim Lappano Fr
RB 40 Taylor, RobertRobert Taylor So
FB 44 Chadband, J.C.J.C. Chadband Sr
FB 45 McAfee, KevinKevin McAfee Jr
C 56 Yarno, JohnJohn Yarno (C) Jr
RG 51 Kramer, MikeMike Kramer (C) Sr
RT 62 Adams, JohnJohn Adams Sr
OL 65 Dahlin, JoeJoe Dahlin So
LG 68 Hough, ClarenceClarence Hough Jr
OL 74 Wiggum, DaveDave Wiggum So
OL 76 Kittrell, GregGreg Kittrell Jr
LT 78 Overgaard, WilWil Overgaard Jr
TE 80 Hagadone, MikeMike Hagadone Fr
TE 82 Duncanson, SteveSteve Duncanson (C) Sr
SE 83 Coles, TimTim Coles Sr
TE 84 Mayfield, RickRick Mayfield Fr
Pos. # Name Class
FS, PK 11 Keilty, BillBill Keilty (C) Sr
CB 26 Coman, GregGreg Coman So
CB 27 Love, ChuckChuck Love Sr
SS 37 Hopkins, BarryBarry Hopkins Jr
CB 42 Clark, BillBill Clark Jr
CB 43 Charles, BrianBrian Charles So
LB 54 Cafferty, BobBob Cafferty Fr
DE 55 Phister, JeffJeff Phister Jr
LB 58 Kiilsgaard, KjelKjel Kiilsgaard Jr
LB 59 Kirtland, JohnJohn Kirtland Jr
DE 60 Sullivan, RickRick Sullivan Jr
LB 61 Siva, MikeMike Siva Sr
LB 66 Petticolas, KenKen Petticolas Jr
NG 67 Gallick, DaveDave Gallick Sr
DT 72 Pellegrini, JoeJoe Pellegrini So
DL 73 Eilertson, TomTom Eilertson So
DT 75 Rice, LynnLynn Rice So
DT 77 Crnick, CraigCraig Crnick Sr
DE 81 Fisher, DougDoug Fisher Sr
DE 85 Tormey, ChrisChris Tormey Injured 10px Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 7 Filippini, ChuckChuck Filippini Jr
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  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt


Four Vandal seniors were named to the Big Sky all-conference team: quarterback Dave Comstock, fullback J.C. Chadband, tight end Steve Duncanson, and defensive back Bill Keilty. Chadband and Duncanson were repeat selections and were chosen unanimously. The second team included center John Yarno, tackle Wil Overgaard, split end Tim Coles, and linebacker Mike Siva.[7]

NFL DraftEdit

One Vandal senior was selected in the 1976 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (487 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Craig Crnick DE 13th 367 Oakland Raiders


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  3. "Vandals leave this morning for Arkansas". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. September 12, 1975.
  4. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 12. November 15, 1975.
  5. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 15. November 22, 1975.
  6. "Keilty, Comstock receive top Idaho awards". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 4B. December 3, 1975.
  7. "Four Vandals make All-Big Sky team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 2B. November 26, 1975.

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