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1977 [[Script error]]
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
DivisionScript error
1977 record3–8 (2–4 Big Sky)
Head coachEd Troxel (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorJohn McMahon
(2nd season)
Offensive schemeVeer [1]
Defensive coordinatorGreg McMackin
(1st season)
Base defense4–3 [1]
CaptainCraig Juntunen (QB)
CaptainChris Tormey (LB)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
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Template:1977 Big Sky football standings The 1977 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. The Vandals were led by fourth-year head coach Ed Troxel and were members of the Big Sky Conference,[1] then in Division II. They played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.


With quarterbacks Craig Juntunen and Rocky Tuttle running the veer offense, the Vandals were 3–8 overall and 2–4 in the Big Sky in 1977.[2][3] Idaho did not play runner-up Northern Arizona, but the Big Sky designated a non-conference home game for each to count as a sixth conference game in the standings, with both opponents from the PCAA.[4][5] The Vandals lost to Pacific in September while NAU defeated Cal State Fullerton in October.

The Vandals suffered a tenth straight loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State of the Pac-8, falling 45–17 at Martin Stadium in Pullman on November 12.[6][7]

Boise StateEdit

The season concluded with a 30-point home loss to Boise State, held two days after Thanksgiving. The young rivalry took a new step in the fourth quarter, when the Broncos were up 34–14 and in control. Having thrown the ball sparingly in building its twenty-point lead, second-year head coach Jim Criner went heavily to the passing game. Boise scored a touchdown with less than two minutes left, then staged a successful onside kick and made a field goal with seconds remaining.[2][8][9][10]

Boise State went undefeated in the Big Sky, but because of the late conclusion of their regular season, they had to decline a berth in the Division II playoffs, which started earlier that day.[11] Conference runner-up Northern Arizona took their place and was shut out at home, 35–0.[9][12] In the previous season, underdog Idaho had won the rivalry game in the season opener before a record crowd in Boise in Criner's debut as head coach.[13][14] At the time, the Broncos were three-time defending conference champions, all under previous head coach Tony Knap. Idaho had agreed to move that 1976 game from November 27 up to September 11, so that BSU could participate in the D-II playoffs, but the Broncos ended at 2–5 in the Big Sky (fifth) and 5–5–1 overall.

Division IEdit

This was the last season prior to the creation of Division I-AA,[15] which the Big Sky joined. 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 had maintained its upper division status in the NCAA by playing Division I non-conference opponents (and was ineligible for the Division II postseason). (Idaho was involuntarily dropped to the College Division in 1967,[16] then returned to the University Division in 1969.)[17]

Troxel firedEdit

Five weeks after the season concluded, Troxel was asked for his resignation by new university president Richard Gibb on December 30.[18][19][20][21] An assistant under the preceding three head coaches and a former head coach of track and field,[22] he had been at UI for an over a decade.[3][23] Very successful at Borah High School in Boise (1958–66),[23] Troxel returned to the high school ranks in 1978 at Kennewick High School, in the Tri-Cities of eastern Washington,[24] and built the Lions into winners; he coached through 1990, and died of cancer at age 75 in 2001.[25][26]


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  • Idaho did not play Northern Arizona in 1977, so a non-conference game was designated to count in the standings;[1][2]
    both were home games against PCAA opponents: Idaho lost to Pacific, while NAU defeated Cal State Fullerton.


1977 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 7 McCurdy, MikeMike McCurdy Fr
SE 10 Clausen, BradBrad Clausen
SE 11 Taylor, JeffJeff Taylor
QB, P 12 Tuttle, RockyRocky Tuttle Jr
QB 14 Juntunen, CraigCraig Juntunen (C) Sr
QB 15 Goodenbour, JayJay Goodenbour Fr
SE 18 Allen, KirkKirk Allen Jr
RB 25 Brooks, RobertRobert Brooks Injured 10px Sr
RB 30 Lappano, TimTim Lappano Jr
TE 33 Supkis, MarkMark Supkis
RB 35 Ford, GlennGlenn Ford So
RB 36 White, GlenGlen White Fr
RB 40 Taylor, RobertRobert Taylor Sr
TE 44 Meyer, DanDan Meyer
C 50 Kramer, JoeJoe Kramer Sr
C 53 Pearson, DaveDave Pearson
OL 55 Earl, DavidDavid Earl
OL 59 Clark, MikeMike Clark
RG 61 Wilkin, DickDick Wilkin Jr
OL 63 Voike, BobBob Voike
RG 65 Dahlin, JoeJoe Dahlin Sr
OL 66 Gisselberg, DougDoug Gisselberg
OL 67 Whipps, MarkMark Whipps
OL 68 Zimmerman, BrianBrian Zimmerman Jr
LT 69 Coombs, LarryLarry Coombs So
OL 71 McNeal, MarkMark McNeal So
LG 74 Wiggum, DaveDave Wiggum Sr
RT 77 Randel, TomTom Randel Jr
FL 80 Davidson, DanDan Davidson Sr
TE 84 Mayfield, RickRick Mayfield Jr
TE 87 Eucker, JeffJeff Eucker
Pos. # Name Class
DB 20 Barker, LarryLarry Barker Fr
DB 21 Keogh, MikeMike Keogh Fr
DB 22 McCanna, RayRay McCanna
DB 23 Watts, MarcMarc Watts
FS 24 Linehan, RickRick Linehan Jr
CB 26 Coman, GregGreg Coman Sr
DB 27 McKillop, ToddTodd McKillop
LB 33 Grimes, KellyKelly Grimes So
LB 34 Frost, ChrisChris Frost Sr
DB 38 Duncan, DanDan Duncan
DB 41 Moy, DougDoug Moy Sr
CB 42 Clark, BillBill Clark Sr
CB 43 Charles, BrianBrian Charles Sr
DB 45 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson
LB 45 Elder, MontyMonty Elder Fr
LB 51 Eads, ChrisChris Eads So
LB 52 Cafferty, BobBob Cafferty Jr
LB 54 Jacksha, TomTom Jacksha Sr
LB 57 Marshall, MartyMarty Marshall
LB 58 Cozzetto, DanDan Cozzetto Jr
DL 60 Stenfeld, MarkMark Stenfeld
DT 62 Sanford, TimTim Sanford Sr
DL 64 Whipps, ScottScott Whipps
DL 70 Riddell, KyleKyle Riddell So
DT 72 Pellegrini, JoeJoe Pellegrini Sr
DE 73 Eilertson, TomTom Eilertson Sr
DT 75 Rice, LynnLynn Rice Sr
DL 76 Liliquist, VicVic Liliquist
DT 78 Parker, SteveSteve Parker So
DL 79 Husby, MarkMark Husby
LB 81 Hunt, RickRick Hunt
DL 82 Ralph, RandyRandy Ralph
LB 83 Vance, PhilPhil Vance So
LB 85 Tormey, ChrisChris Tormey (C) Sr
DL 86 Michaud, TomTom Michaud
DE 89 Collins, RobertRobert Collins
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK, P 6 Lowe, RalphRalph Lowe Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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


Defensive tackle Tim Sanford and punter Ralph Lowe were name to the Big Sky all-conference team; Lowe was named to the second team as a placekicker. Also on the second team were tackle Larry Coombs, center Joe Kramer, running back Robert Taylor, linebacker Chris Tormey, defensive end Joe Pellegrini, and defensive back Brian Charles.[5][6]


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pbmgfv
  2. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 13. October 8, 1977.
  3. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 17. November 26, 1977.
  4. "Eight Vandals honored". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 2B. December 1, 1977.
  5. "Big Sky tabs Lowe, Sanford". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 36. November 30, 1977.
  6. "Eight Vandals honored". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 2B. December 1, 1977.

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