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Coordinates: 46°43′34″N 117°01′05″W / 46.726°N 117.018°W / 46.726; -117.018

1993 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
CoachesNo. T–3
Sports NetworkNo. 11
1993 record11–3 (5–2 Big Sky)
Head coachJohn L. Smith (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorScott Linehan (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorCraig Bray [1] (4th season)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
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Template:1993 Big Sky football standings The 1993 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1993 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by fifth-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.

Led by senior All-American quarterback Doug Nussmeier, Idaho finished the regular season at 9–2 and 5–2 in the Big Sky. The Vandals made the Division I-AA playoffs and advanced to the semifinals. For three weeks in October, Idaho was at the top of the poll in Division I-AA.[2]

Notable games

Favored to repeat as conference champions,[3][4] Idaho was ranked sixth in the preseason I-AA poll,[5] and for the second consecutive year, they visited a Division I-A opponent from the WAC and won. This time it was over Utah in Salt Lake City in early October,[6][7] and the Vandals were rewarded with the top ranking in I-AA.[2] In the regular season finale, the Vandals defeated rival Boise State for the twelfth consecutive year, a 49–16 win in Moscow.[8][9][10][11] Two weeks earlier, visiting Montana won the Little Brown Stein for the third consecutive year,[12][13] and went undefeated in conference play. An upset loss in Bozeman to Montana State on October 23 ended the Vandals' run at the top of the national poll.[14][15][16]

Division I-AA playoffs

For the eighth time in nine seasons, the Vandals made the 16-team I-AA playoffs and were ranked eleventh in the regular season's final poll.[17] Idaho went on the road and defeated #4 Northeast Louisiana,[18] then beat undefeated Boston University in the Kibbie Dome. In the semifinals in Ohio at Youngstown State,[19] the Vandals fell 35–16 to Jim Tressel's Penguins,[20] the eventual national champions.[21]

Notable players and coaches

Senior quarterback Nussmeier, a four-year starter (1990–93), was an All-American and won the Walter Payton Award.[22][23] He was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 1994 NFL Draft and played several seasons as a reserve prior to starting his career as a coach. Redshirt freshman defensive end Ryan Phillips was also a four-year starter;[24] he moved to outside linebacker as a senior in 1996,[25][26] and was selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played five seasons in the NFL, including Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001.

Former Vandal quarterback Scott Linehan,[27] a future NFL head coach, was the offensive coordinator and two future Vandal head coaches were on the staff: Nick Holt (defensive line) and Paul Petrino (receivers).


September 25:00 pmat Stephen F. Austin*No. 6
  • Homer Bryce Stadium
  • Nacogdoches, Texas [28][29]
PSNW 38–3011,124
September 111:05 pm[[{{{school}}}|SW Texas State]]*No. 5W 66–389,100
September 185:05 pmat Weber StateNo. 4
W 56–06,094
October 27:05 pmat Utah*No. 2W 28–1725,326
October 91:00 pmat Idaho StateNo. 1
  • Holt Arena
  • Pocatello, Idaho [34]
W 56–2711,234
October 1611:07 amEastern WashingtonNo. 1
PSNW 49–1011,800
October 2311:05 amat Montana StateNo. 1
  • Reno H. Sales Stadium
  • Bozeman, Montana [14][15]
L 35–4010,957
October 306:05 pmat Northern ArizonaNo. 7
  • Walkup Skydome
  • Flagstaff, Arizona [38][39]
W 34–278,365
November 61:05 pmNo. 5 MontanaNo. 6
L 34–5415,054
November 131:05 pmLehigh*daggerNo. 11
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, Idaho [40]
W 77–1412,132
November 201:05 pmBoise StateNo. 11
KTVBW 49–1615,085
November 274:00 pmat No. 4 Northeast Louisiana*No. 11W 34–3110,000
December 41:05 pmNo. 6 Boston University*No. 11
W 21–148,800
December 119:00 amat No. 7 Youngstown State*No. 11PSNL 16–359,644
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from The Sports Network (Div. I-AA) Poll
  • All times are in Pacific time

NFL Draft

One Vandal senior was selected in the 1994 NFL Draft, which was seven rounds (222 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Doug Nussmeier QB 4th 116 New Orleans Saints


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Idaho claims No. 1". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 1B. October 5, 1993.
  3. "Vandals figure to control Sky". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 1B. August 11, 1993.
  4. "Big Sky coaches like Vandals". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press (Idaho-Washington): p. 1B. August 11, 1993.
  5. "Football: I-AA poll". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press (Idaho-Washington): p. 2B. August 25, 1993.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sahlberg, Bert (October 2, 1993). "Idaho after upset". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sahlberg, Bert (October 3, 1993). "Vandals WAC one more D-I". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sahlberg, Bert (November 20, 1993). "WSU, Idaho renew respective rivalries". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Meehan, Jim (November 20, 1993). "Boise State nice finale for Vandals". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. C1.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sahlberg, Bert (November 21, 1993). "Vandals: 'Nuss-said". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Miedema, Laurence (November 22, 1993). "Same old story: Idaho over BSU". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington): p. 1C.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sahlberg, Bert (November 6, 1993). "Griz, UI line up potent offenses". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Sahlberg, Bert (November 7, 1993). "Sky falls on Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Meehan, Jim (October 23, 1993). "MSU encountering UI team on cruise control". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. C2.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Meehan, Jim (October 24, 1993). "Idaho shows nothing in 40-35 defeat at MSU". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. C3.
  16. "UI drops to 7th; Eagle honored". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. C2. October 26, 1993.
  17. "Sports Network final I-AA poll". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 1B. November 23, 1993.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Mallett, Rodney (November 28, 1993). "Nussmeier comes up big for UI". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. C1.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Sahlberg, Bert (December 11, 1993). "Vandals, Penguins collide". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Sahlberg, Bert (December 12, 1993). "Penguins put UI on ice". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  21. "Penguins capture I-AA football title". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press (Idaho-Washington): p. 3C. December 20, 1993.
  22. Sahlberg, Bert (December 13, 1993). "Nussmeier wins Payton award". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  23. Miedema, Laurence (December 13, 1993). "Nussmeier wins highest honor". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington): p. 1C.
  24. Sullivan, Tim (August 18, 1994). "Vandals boast experience on talented defensive line". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington): p. 1D.
  25. Sullivan, Tim (August 28, 1996). "Linebacker life suits Idaho sack-master Phillips". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington): p. 1B.,5649161.
  26. Sahlberg, Bert (April 19, 1997). "Idaho: Phillips' daredevil hobby catches recruiters' eyes". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.,971631.
  27. Jacobson, Bryan (August 22, 1992). "Back in the fold". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington): p. 1D.
  28. Sahlberg, Bert (September 2, 1993). "It's Rolaids time for Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. D.
  29. "May-day for Lumberjacks". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. D. September 3, 1993.
  30. Sahlberg, Bert (September 11, 1993). "UI hoping to stay out of dutch". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  31. Sahlberg, Bert (September 12, 1993). "Vandals roll up big numbers in victory". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  32. Sahlberg, Bert (September 18, 1993). "Wildcats no dummies against Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  33. Sahlberg, Bert (September 19, 1993). "Domination". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  34. Sahlberg, Bert (October 10, 1993). "Vandals start slow, finish fast". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  35. Meehan, Jim (October 16, 1993). "EWU plan: hold Idaho to 30". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. C1.
  36. Meehan, Jim (October 17, 1993). "EWU gives UI green light". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. C1.
  37. Miedema, Laurence (October 18, 1993). "Hurting Nuss leads UI". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington): p. 1C.
  38. "NAU hosts Vandals in Big Sky". Prescott Courier. Associated Press (Arizona): p. 13A. October 29, 1993.
  39. "Idaho edges NAU, 34-27, gets ready for Montana". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. C5. October 31, 1993.
  40. Sahlberg, Bert (November 14, 1993). "Engineering disaster". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  41. Sahlberg, Bert (November 27, 1993). "Idaho bucking history, Indians". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  42. "Nussmeier guides UI by Indians". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B. November 28, 1993.
  43. Sahlberg, Bert (December 4, 1993). "Terriers hope to bite Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.
  44. Sahlberg, Bert (December 5, 1993). "Idaho chases BU into doghouse". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 1B.

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