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1986 [[Script error]]
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
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1986 record8–4 (5–2 Big Sky)
Head coachKeith Gilbertson
(1st season)
Offensive coordinatorBill Diedrick (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorKent Baer (1st season)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
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Template:1986 Big Sky football standings The 1986 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1986 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by first-year head coach Keith Gilbertson, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

Continuing upon the success of the previous four seasons under Dennis Erickson, the Vandals were defending conference champions and finished the regular season at 8–3 and 5–2 in the Big Sky, tied for second. Led by senior quarterback Scott Linehan, Idaho qualified for the I-AA playoffs for the second straight season.[1]

Notable gamesEdit

The Vandals defeated rival Boise State for the fifth consecutive year, the fifth of twelve straight over the Broncos, but lost twice to nemesis Nevada-Reno, who were top-ranked in I-AA and undefeated in the regular season.[2] Uncommon for a playoff team, the Vandals were shut out at home 24–0 by Northern Arizona in late October.[3]

Division I-AA playoffsEdit

The I-AA playoffs were expanded from 12 to 16 teams in 1986, eliminating the first round bye for the top four seeds. Idaho and Big Sky champion Nevada-Reno were the only two teams selected from the West, and were paired up in the first round in Reno two days after Thanksgiving. In mid-October the teams played a close defensive game, and the Vandals came up short by four points.[4] The rematch in the post-season was not close as the Wolf Pack prevailed 27–7,[2] improving their record over Idaho to 8–1 since joining the Big Sky in 1979.

Notable playersEdit

The 1986 team included two future NFL head coaches: quarterback Scott Linehan[5] and offensive lineman Tom Cable. Future NFL players with lengthy pro careers included guard Mark Schlereth (redshirt sophomore) and redshirt freshman John Friesz, a future collegiate hall of fame quarterback was Linehan's back-up in 1986. Friesz was a three-year starter (198789) and defeated Nevada-Reno all three seasons, including the first-ever victory in Reno in 1988.

ScheduleEdit

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RosterEdit

1986 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Linehan, ScottScott Linehan Sr
QB 17 Friesz, JohnJohn Friesz Fr
RB Lloyd, FreddieFreddie Lloyd Sr
RB Hoiness, ToddTodd Hoiness So
RB 32 Jackson, SteveSteve Jackson Sr
WR 33 Bengen, BrantBrant Bengen Sr
TE Robinson, CraigCraig Robinson Jr
TE Slater, ChrisChris Slater So
TE, LB Wilkins, PetePete Wilkins Jr
T Taggert, PaulPaul Taggert Sr
G Katz, ScottScott Katz Jr
C Benson, PhilPhil Benson Jr
G Wright, TroyTroy Wright Fr
T Hale, GregGreg Hale So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 13 Able, ChrisChris Able So
FS 16 Tidd, MarkMark Tidd Sr
CB 29 Paulson, VirgilVirgil Paulson Jr
SS McCanna, DanDan McCanna Jr
LB 38 Hennessey, TomTom Hennessey Sr
DE, LB Harper, NolanNolan Harper Sr
LB Cox, MikeMike Cox Sr
LB Parker, DaveDave Parker Sr
LB Nilsson, ShawnShawn Nilsson Sr
DT, OL 60 Schlereth, MarkMark Schlereth So
DT Dowdy, CraigCraig Dowdy
DE Smith, KordKord Smith Jr
DE Ballard, TroyTroy Ballard Sr
DT Porter, CharlieCharlie Porter Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Decicio, BrianBrian Decicio So
P 7 Magnuson, DarinDarin Magnuson Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Linebacker Tom Hennessey was a repeat selection to the all-conference team.[3][4] Eight Vandals were included on the second team: safety Mark Tidd, linebacker Nolan Harper, defensive end Kord Smith, quarterback Scott Linehan, running back Steve Jackson, wide receiver Brant Bengen, and tackles Paul Taggert and Greg Hale.[3]

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