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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
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1984 record6–5 (4–3 Big Sky)
Head coachDennis Erickson
(3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorDan Cozzetto (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorJohn L. Smith (3rd season)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
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Template:1984 Big Sky football standings

The 1984 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1984 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by third-year head coach Dennis Erickson, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

After the departure of four-year starter QB Ken Hobart following the 1983 season, Idaho struggled with injuries and inexperience, falling to a 2–5 record before winning their last four. Led by quarterbacks Scott Linehan (redshirt sophomore) and Rick Sloan (junior, transfer from San Jose State), the Vandals finished 6–5 in the regular season and 4–3 in the Big Sky.[1]

Although the 1984 season was less successful than the previous two, it marked the first time in nearly eight decades that the Vandals had three consecutive winning seasons in football; it was last accomplished in 1905.[2]

Erickson's 23 wins in three seasons made him the winningest head coach in Vandal history; John L. Smith later posted 53 wins in six seasons.

Notable gamesEdit

The Vandals defeated Oregon State of the Pac-10 41–22 in Moscow,[3] but lost to upstart independent Eastern Washington in Spokane (EWU joined the Big Sky in 1987). Nevada-Reno continued its dominance over the Vandals, winning its sixth straight since joining the conference in 1979. Double-digit leads in the second half were squandered in both disappointing home losses to Montana State and Weber State.[1][4]

Idaho defeated rival Boise State for the third consecutive year, a streak that would extend to twelve straight in 1993. The 1984 game was the most lopsided to date, with the Vandals recording a 37–0 shutout on the road at Bronco Stadium in the season finale.[5]

Division I-AA playoffsEdit

Idaho missed the I-AA playoffs again, but would return in ten of the next eleven seasons, then depart for the Big West Conference after the 1995 season. In 1984, the mercurial Montana State Bobcats won the Big Sky title and the I-AA national title (MSU was 1–10 in 1983, 12–2 in 1984, 2–9 in 1985). The Bobcats were the only selection from the West in the 12-team playoffs. Idaho closed out the decade with conference titles in 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1989 (and runner-up in 1986), not missing the I-AA playoffs until 1991.

Notable playersEdit

The 1984 team included two future NFL head coaches: quarterback Scott Linehan and offensive lineman Tom Cable.[6]


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1984 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Yarber, EricEric Yarber Jr
QB 10 Linehan, ScottScott Linehan So
TE 12 Auker, ScottScott Auker Jr
QB 14 Sloan, RickRick Sloan Jr
QB 15 Tracy, DarelDarel Tracy So
RB 23 Shill, MikeMike Shill Sr
RB 26 Barrow, MarlonMarlon Barrow Sr
RB 32 Jackson, SteveSteve Jackson Jr
WR 33 Bengen, BrantBrant Bengen Fr
WR Love, RickyRicky Love Sr
FL Juma, KevinKevin Juma Sr
G 55 West, LanceLance West Sr
G Cable, TomTom Cable Jr
G 64 Smiley, JoeJoe Smiley Jr
C 68 Watson, MattMatt Watson Jr
T 77 Thorsen, DaveDave Thorsen Sr
OL, DL Schlereth, MarkMark Schlereth 10px Fr
Pos. # Name Class
CB 2 Loveall, CalvinCalvin Loveall Sr
CB 4 Simpson, SteveSteve Simpson Sr
SS 16 Tidd, MarkMark Tidd So
FS Sanders, ErnestErnest Sanders Fr
FS Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Fr
LB 38 Hennessey, TomTom Hennessey So
FS 42 Ramsey, PaulPaul Ramsey So
DE 44 Moreno, FrankFrank Moreno Injured Sr
LB Harper, NolanNolan Harper So
LB Cox, MikeMike Cox So
LB Rifilato, EdEd Rifilato Sr
DE Hunter, DanDan Hunter Sr
DE Crick, RonRon Crick Jr
DT Ruhl, PetePete Ruhl So
DE Ballard, TroyTroy Ballard So
DT Andrews, JohnJohn Andrews Jr
DE 99 Manoa, SamSam Manoa Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 McMonigle, TimTim McMonigle Sr
P 7 Magnuson, DarinDarin Magnuson So
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  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt


Wide receiver Eric Yarber, center Matt Watson, and cornerback Calvin Loveall were named to the Big Sky all-conference team.[4][5][6] Vandals on the second team were guard Lance West, tight end Scott Auker, running back Mike Shill, defensive end Sam Manoa, and placekicker Tim McMonigle.[4][6]


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