Idaho Vandals football
AmericanFootball current event.svg.png Current season
First season 1893
Athletic director Dr. Rob Spear
Head coach Robb Akey
Home stadium Kibbie Dome
Year built 1971
1975 (enclosed)
Stadium capacity 16,000
Stadium surface RealGrass Pro (2007- )
AstroTurf (1990-2006)
TartanTurf (1972-1989)
Natural grass (1971)
Location Moscow, Idaho
Conference WAC
Past conferences Sun Belt (2000-04)
Big West (1996-2000)
Big Sky (1963-95)
Independent (1959-62)
Pacific Coast (1922-58)
All-time record 442–558–26
Postseason bowl record 2–0
Conference titles 10
Consensus All-Americans 1
Current uniform
Colors Silver and Gold            
Fight song Go, Vandals, Go
Mascot Joe Vandal
Marching band The Sound of Idaho

The Idaho Vandals are a college football team that represents the University of Idaho. The Vandals currently compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I. The Idaho football program began competing in 1893[1] and has played home games at the Kibbie Dome since October 1971, an outdoor stadium for four seasons until enclosed in 1975.[2]

Idaho returned to Division I-A competition (now called the FBS) in 1996, though not officially a I-A program until 1997.[1] The Vandals have won 9 conference championships, eight of which came in the Big Sky.[3] Through the 2010 season, the Vandals have an all-time record of 437–548–26.[4] They have played in two bowl games in their history, close victories in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise in 1998 and 2009.[5]

Conference championshipsEdit

The Vandals have won ten conference championships in their history,
nine of them in the Big Sky.[3]

Conference Season Head Coach
Big Sky 1965* Steve Musseau
1968* Y C McNease
1971 Don Robbins
1982* Dennis Erickson
1987 Keith Gilbertson
1989 John L. Smith
Big West 1998 Chris Tormey
* denotes shared championship

I-AA playoffsEdit

For 18 seasons (1978-95), Idaho was a member of Division I-AA (now FCS), and participated in the I-AA playoffs eleven times to compile a 6-11 playoff record. The Vandals were 4-4 at home and 2-7 on the road, with a 4-7 record in the first round (2-4 at home, 2-3 away). The best advancements were to the national semifinals in 1988 and 1993, but both seasons ended with road losses by large margins to the eventual national champions. The 1982 and 1990 teams advanced to the quarterfinals, but both lost close road games to the eventual national champions.[6]

Season Round Score Head Coach
1982 First Round @ Idaho 21 Montana 7 Dennis Erickson
Quarterfinal @ E. Kentucky 38 Idaho 30
1985 First Round E. Washington 42 @ Idaho 38
1986 First Round @ Nevada-Reno 27 Idaho 7 Keith Gilbertson
1987 First Round Weber St. 59 @ Idaho 30
1988 First Round @ Idaho 38 Montana 19
Quarterfinal @ Idaho 38 Northwestern St. 30
Semifinal @ Furman 38 Idaho 7
1989 First Round E. Illinois 38 @ Idaho 21 John L. Smith
1990 First Round Idaho 41 @ SW Missouri St. 35
Quarterfinal @ Georgia So. 28 Idaho 27
1992 First Round McNeese St. 23 @ Idaho 20
1993 First Round Idaho 34 @ N.E. Louisiana 31
Quarterfinal @ Idaho 21 Boston U. 14
Semifinal @ Youngstown St. 35 Idaho 16
1994 First Round @ McNeese St. 38 Idaho 21
1995 First Round @ McNeese St. 33 Idaho 3 Chris Tormey

Bowl historyEdit

The Vandals have played in two bowls since rejoining the FBS and have won them both.[5]

Season Bowl City Score Head Coach
1998 Humanitarian Bowl Boise Idaho Vandals 42 Southern Miss 35 Chris Tormey
2009 Humanitarian Bowl Boise Idaho Vandals 43 Bowling Green 42 Robb Akey

Notable playersEdit

Top NFL Draft selectionsEdit

Player Position Overall
Round NFL
Ray McDonald RB 13 1st 1967 Washington Redskins
Mike Iupati G 17 1st 2010 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Kramer G / PK 39 4th 1958 Green Bay Packers
Wayne Walker LB / PK 44 4th 1958 Detroit Lions
Carl Kiilsgaard T 61 5th 1950 Chicago Cardinals
Jim Prestel DT 70 6th 1959 Cleveland Browns
Jim Norton S / P 75 7th 1960 Detroit Lions
John Yarno C 87 4th 1977 Seattle Seahawks
Jeff Robinson DE / TE / LS 98 4th 1993 Denver Broncos

Coaching recordsEdit

Head Coach Years Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Fred Herbold 1900–19012421.643
John G. Griffith (a)1902–190651391.587
John R. Middleton1907–19081340.429
John S. Grogan19091230.400
John G. Griffith (b)1910–1914515131.534
Charles M. Rademacher19151141.250
Wilfred C. Bleamaster1916–19172580.384
Ralph Hutchinson19191230.400
Thomas Kelley1920–19212851.607
Matty Mathews1922–1925416142.531
Charles Erb1926–192831095.521
Leo Calland1929–1934621300.412
Ted Bank1935–1940618333.361
Francis Schmidt1941–194227120.368
Babe Brown1945–194622150.118
Dixie Howell1947–1950413201.397
Babe Curfman1951–195337191.278
Skip Stahley1954–1961822511.304
Dee Andros1962–1964311161.411
Steve Musseau1965–1967313170.433
Y C McNease1968–196927130.350
Don Robbins1970–1973420240.455
Ed Troxel1974–1977416253.398
Jerry Davitch1978–1981415290.341
Dennis Erickson (a)19821985432150.681
Keith Gilbertson1986198832890.757
John L. Smith1989–1994653210.716
Chris Tormey1995–1999533230.589
Tom Cable2000–2003411350.239
Nick Holt2004–200525180.217
Dennis Erickson (b)20061480.333
Robb Akey2007–present519430.306
Totals (1893–2011)Total11444255826.443

Future non-conference opponents Edit

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
vs Eastern Washington at Ole Miss at Florida vs Ohio at UNLV vs UNLV
at Bowling Green at Wyoming at Ohio
at LSU at Washington State at Northern Illinois
vs Wyoming vs Northern Illinois
at North Carolina
at BYU



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