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1990 [[Script error]]
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
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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.


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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
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt


Four Vandals made the all-conference team: running back Devon Pearce, wide receiver Kasey Dunn, cornerback Charlie Oliver, and defensive end Jeff Robinson.[4][5][6][7] 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.[4][6]

Pearce shared the Big Sky's outstanding offensive player award with quarterback Jamie Martin of Weber State.[8][9]


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named igfninrow
  2. "Weber State at Idaho: probable starting lineups". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 14B. September 22, 1990.
  3. "Idaho at Eastern Washington: probable starting lineups". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 6B. October 20, 1990.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Idaho's Pearce, Dunn named to first team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1B. November 28, 1990.
  5. Stalwick, Howie (November 28, 1990). "UI's Pearce unanimous pick on balanced All-Big Sky team". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Oliver, Robinson make Big Sky's defensive team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1B. November 29, 1990.
  7. Stalwick, Howie (November 29, 1990). "Idaho's faith repaid on All-BSC defense". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D5.
  8. "Pearce named Sky's MVP". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1B. November 30, 1990.
  9. Stalwick, Howie (November 30, 1990). "Pearce shares Big Sky honor". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1.

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