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1990 Idaho Vandals football
NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal,
L 27–28 at Georgia Southern
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1990 record9–4 (6–2 Big Sky)
Head coachJohn L. Smith (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorBobby Petrino (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorCraig Bray (1st season)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
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Template:1990 Big Sky football standings The 1990 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1990 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by second-year head coach John L. Smith, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

The three-time defending conference champion Vandals made the I-AA playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, under a third head coach. With future college hall of fame quarterback John Friesz in the NFL, Idaho was led by redshirt freshman Doug Nussmeier;[1] they finished the regular season at 8–3 and 6–2 in the Big Sky. Nussmeier's season was ended by a broken right ankle in early October,[2] and fifth-year senior Steve Nolan guided the team to seven consecutive wins,[3] including a ninth-straight victory over rival Boise State.

The season ended in the quarterfinals in December, where Idaho lost by one point at Georgia Southern,[4][5] the eventual national champions.


September 11:00 pmMontana StateL 24–279,800
September 85:00 pmat [[{{{school}}}|Southwest Texas State]]*
W 38–359,431
September 151:00 pmat Oregon*L 23–5529,637
September 221:00 pmWeber State
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, Idaho [8]
W 37–278,100
September 291:00 pmat No. 10 NevadaL 28–31 OT16,125
October 61:00 pmCal State Chico*
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, Idaho [2]
W 59–217,600
October 132:00 pmIdaho Statedagger
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, Idaho [10]
W 41–2014,100
October 201:00 pmat Eastern WashingtonW 51–287,500
November 31:00 pmNorthern Arizona
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, Idaho [12]
W 52–710,100
November 1011:00 amat No. 19 MontanaNo. 17
W 35–1910,720
November 1712:00 pmat No. 5 Boise StateNo. 14W 21–1423,273
November 2411:00 amat No. 6 [[{{{school}}}|Southwest Missouri State]]*No. 13W 41–358,750
December 19:30 amat No. 3 Georgia Southern*No. 13
L 27–2811,571
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from NCAA (Div. I-AA)
  • All times are in Pacific time


1990 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR Murphy, YoYo Murphy So
QB Nolan, SteveSteve Nolan Sr
QB 13 Nussmeier, DougDoug Nussmeier Fr
RB Carter, RomanRoman Carter
RB 26 Pearce, DevonDevon Pearce Jr
WR 30 Dunn, KaseyKasey Dunn Jr
C 50 Rice, MikeMike Rice Sr
G 54 Dorry, FloydFloyd Dorry So
G 66 Hoff, ChrisChris Hoff Sr
T Schnug, JodyJody Schnug Fr
T Yarbro, ChuckChuck Yarbro Sr
T Wiker, EricEric Wiker Jr
TE 84 Dahlquist, ScottScott Dahlquist Sr
Pos. # Name Class
FS 22 McCall, KrisKris McCall Jr
CB 23 Oliver, CharlieCharlie Oliver Sr
SS 33 Green, TerryTerry Green Jr
CB 35 Jordan, JeffJeff Jordan So
CB Ramsey, NoahNoah Ramsey
DB Moore, JoshJosh Moore
LB 39 Jacobs, JimmyJimmy Jacobs Sr
LB 43 Cecil, RogerRoger Cecil Sr
LB Matthews, MarkMark Matthews Sr
LB Munk, RobertRobert Munk Jr
LB Saffo, WillWill Saffo So
DT 59 Sirmon, JohnJohn Sirmon So
DE 87 Robinson, JeffJeff Robinson So
DE Keating, GerryGerry Keating Sr
DE Sims, BillyBilly Sims So
DT 97 Cockrell, BrianBrian Cockrell So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 14 Doyle, ThaneThane Doyle Jr
P Carrasco, JoeJoe Carrasco Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Dan Cozzetto (OC)
  • Gordon Shaw (DC)

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


Four Vandals made the all-conference team: running back Devon Pearce, wide receiver Kasey Dunn, cornerback Charlie Oliver, and defensive end Jeff Robinson.[22][23][24][25] Second team selections were guard Chris Hoff, tight end Scott Dahlquist, linebacker Jimmy Jacobs, and punter Joe Carrasco. Honorable mention were quarterback Steve Nolan, center Mike Rice, return specialist Roman Carter, and linebacker Mark Matthews.[22][24]

Pearce shared the Big Sky's outstanding offensive player award with quarterback Jamie Martin of Weber State.[26][27]


  1. Stalwick, Howie (August 31, 1990). "Everyone is out gunnin' for Vandals". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. C1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lewis, Michael C. (October 8, 1990). "Win leaves UI with key loss". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1B.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sahlberg, Bert (November 25, 1990). "Vandals take first step in playoffs". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Stalwick, Howie (December 1, 1990). "Southern-fried hype fails to blister UI". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. B1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stalwick, Howie (December 2, 1990). "Fumbles vandalize Idaho". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. B1.
  6. Lewis, Michael C. (September 3, 1990). "Carthon's thrill sinks Vandals". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1B.
  7. Lewis, Michael C. (September 10, 1990). "Vandals pick up 'ugly' win". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1B.
  8. Barrows, Bob (September 23, 1990). "Idaho hands Weber St. a Pearce-ing blow". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C.
  9. Sahlberg, Bert (September 30, 1990). "Vandals lose overtime hearbreaker". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C.
  10. Lewis, Michael C. (October 15, 1990). "Even Nussmeier impressed by Nolan". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1B.
  11. Sahlberg, Bert (October 21, 1990). "Vandals shoot down Eagles 51-28". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  12. Stalwick, Howie (November 4, 1990). "Vandals look like champs in 52-7 romp". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1.
  13. Stalwick, Howie (November 11, 1990). "Robinson, Vandals trap Grizzlies". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C3.
  14. Stalwick, Howie (November 17, 1990). "Idaho, Boise State go for state's gold". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. B1.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Sahlberg, Bert (November 17, 1990). "Idaho goes for nine in a row against Broncos". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1D.
  16. Lewis, Michael C. (November 17, 1990). "UI goes for No. 9; WSU repeat of '82". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1E.
  17. Stalwick, Howie (November 18, 1990). "Pearce divine in Vandals' win". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1.
  18. Sahlberg, Bert (November 18, 1990). "Nine in a row for Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  19. Lewis, Michael C. (November 19, 1990). "Big catch helps UI get it 'Dunn' at BSU". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1B.
  20. "Weber State at Idaho: probable starting lineups". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 14B. September 22, 1990.
  21. "Idaho at Eastern Washington: probable starting lineups". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 6B. October 20, 1990.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Idaho's Pearce, Dunn named to first team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1B. November 28, 1990.
  23. Stalwick, Howie (November 28, 1990). "UI's Pearce unanimous pick on balanced All-Big Sky team". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Oliver, Robinson make Big Sky's defensive team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1B. November 29, 1990.
  25. Stalwick, Howie (November 29, 1990). "Idaho's faith repaid on All-BSC defense". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D5.
  26. "Pearce named Sky's MVP". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1B. November 30, 1990.
  27. Stalwick, Howie (November 30, 1990). "Pearce shares Big Sky honor". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1.

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