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

1964 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceIndependent
1964 record4–6
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorSteve Musseau (3rd season)
Captains
  • Rich Naccarato (HB)
  • Dick Litzinger (LB)
  • Dick Strohmeyer (CB)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
Seasons
← 1963
1965 →
1964 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Notre Dame         9 1 0
Florida State         9 1 1
Colgate         7 2 0
Georgia Tech         7 3 0
Syracuse         7 4 0
Villanova         6 2 0
Boston College         6 3 0
Southern Miss         6 3 0
New Mexico State         6 4 0
Penn State         6 4 0
Memphis State         5 4 0
Utah State         5 4 1
Holy Cross         5 5 0
Buffalo         4 4 1
Colorado State         5 6 0
Air Force         4 5 1
Miami (FL)         4 5 1
Xavier         4 5 1
Army         4 6 0
Idaho         4 6 0
West Texas State         4 6 0
San Jose State         4 6 0
Pittsburgh         3 5 2
Navy         3 6 1
Dayton         3 7 0
Detroit         3 7 0
Boston University         2 7 0
Houston         2 6 1
Texas Western         0 8 2
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1964 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1964 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by third-year head coach Dee Andros and were an independent in the NCAA's University Division. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one home game in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College.

Season

Led on the field by quarterback Mike Monahan and sophomore fullback Ray McDonald, the Vandals won 28–13 in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, the first win in a decade,[1] and the last in Idaho. The Cougars were led by first-year head coach Bert Clark, a former teammate of Andros at Oklahoma. The Vandals split the final four games to finish at 4–6.

Although Idaho was a charter member of the new Big Sky Conference, it did not participate in football until 1965, and was an independent from 1959 through 1964. They did not play any Big Sky teams in 1964 and all ten opponents were in the University Division; only two games were played on campus in Moscow, the latter was the win over neighboring WSU on October 24.

Although the Vandals finished with a losing record, they played the four Arizona and Oregon schools close, allowing less than fifteen points to each. Andros left Idaho after the season for Oregon State, where he coached for eleven seasons and then became athletic director. Defensive coach Steve Musseau succeeded him as head coach at Idaho.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 197:00 pmat San Jose StateW 3–017,000
September 2611:30 amat IowaL 24–3443,300
October 37:15 pmat UtahL 0–2219,499
October 101:30 pmOregondaggerL 8–1411,000
October 171:30 pmat Oregon StateL 7–1013,527
October 241:30 pmWashington State
W 28–1318,600
October 318:00 pmat PacificW 40–07,500
November 71:30 pmat ArizonaL 7–1421,500
November 1412:30 pmUtah StateW 27–2210,500
November 217:00 pmat Arizona StateL 0–1422,613

Roster

1964 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 John Foruria So
QB, P 16 Joe Rodriguez So
QB 18 Mike Monahan Sr
WB 22 Joe McCollum So
HB 27 Bill Scott Jr
FB 32 Ray McDonald So
FB 34 Mickey Rice Sr
FB 36 Dale Meyer Sr
FB 38 Charley Jenkins Jr
HB 40 Tom Morris Sr
HB 42 Rich Naccarato (C) Sr
HB 44 Butch Slaughter So
C 50 Bob Skuse So
C 51 Steve Buratto Jr
G 63 Jack Bryant Jr
RG 65 Dave Triplett Jr
LG 66 Ron Porter So
LG 67 Bob Ruby Sr
OL 70 Gary Fitzpatrick So
LT 75 Dick Arndt So
RT 79 Joe Dobson Jr
OL 82 Bill Bufton So
WR 86 Vern Leyde Sr
WR 88 Joe Chapman Jr
TE 89 John Whitney Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB, QB 11 Jerry Ahlin So
CB, QB 20 Larry Strohmeyer (C) Sr
S 24 Mike Whiles Sr
DB 43 John Shelt So
DB 46 Byron Strickland So
LB 52 Al Busby So
LB 55 Dick Litzinger (C) Sr
DT 60 John Daniel So
LB, PK 61 Jerry Campbell Jr
LB 63 LaVerle Pratt Jr
DT 71 Stan Buratto Sr
MG 72 John Boisen Jr
DL 74 Vic Mann So
DE 76 Ray Miller So
DE 80 Max Leetzow Sr
DB 83 Bob Bassett Jr
DB, PK 85 Tim Lavens So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 16 Joe Rodriguez So
P 34 Mickey Rice Sr
PK 61 Jerry Campbell Jr
PK 85 Tim Lavens So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt
Source:[12][13][14]

NFL Draft

One senior was selected in the 1965 NFL Draft, which lasted twenty rounds (280 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Max Leetzow DE 14th 191 Minnesota Vikings

Four juniors were selected in the 1966 NFL Draft, which lasted twenty rounds (305 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Dick Arndt DT 5th 77 Los Angeles Rams
Ray Miller DE 7th 108  Green Bay Packers 
LaVerle Pratt LB 14th 210 St. Louis Cardinals
Joe Dobson T 15th 218 Pittsburgh Steelers

Four sophomores were selected in the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft, the first common draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (445 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ray McDonald RB 1st 13 Washington Redskins
Ron Porter LB 5th 126 Baltimore Colts
John Foruria QB 8th 192 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tim Lavens TE 9th 212 New Orleans Saints

References

  1. ^ a b Missildine, Harry (October 25, 1964). "'Thunder Ray' leads Idaho's charge". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1-sports.
  2. ^ Payne, Bob (September 21, 1964). "Idaho defeated Spartans without usual electronics". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 9.
  3. ^ "Iowa trims stubborn Idaho, 34-24". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. September 27, 1964. p. 11.
  4. ^ "Utah tops Idaho in second half". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 4, 1964. p. 10.
  5. ^ Uhrhammer, Jerry (October 11, 1964). "Oregon wins a squeaker, OSU a shocker". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  6. ^ Leutzinger, Dick (October 18, 1964). "Espalin's run the difference". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 2B.
  7. ^ "OSU tips Vandals on punt return tally". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. October 19, 1964. p. 11.
  8. ^ "Idaho coasts to 40-0 victory over outclassed Pacific". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. November 1, 1964. p. 14.
  9. ^ "Arizona scores in final minute to nip Idaho 14-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. November 8, 1964. p. 9.
  10. ^ "Scott's interception save Idaho win over Utah State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. November 15, 1964. p. 8.
  11. ^ "Arizona State trims Idaho Vandals 14-0". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. November 22, 1964. p. 8.
  12. ^ "Ducks vs. Vandals: rosters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 10, 1964. p. 8.
  13. ^ "WSU versus Idaho". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). October 23, 1964. p. 16.
  14. ^ Missildine, Harry (October 24, 1964). "Speed, force collide in annual Palouse battle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 9.