1968 Idaho Vandals football
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Big Sky co-champion
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Record5–5 (3–1 Big Sky)
Head coach
Captains
  • Kenny Dotson (DB)
  • Rob Young (RB, PK)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Idaho + 3 1 0 5 5 0
Montana State + 3 1 0 6 4 0
Weber State + 3 1 0 7 2 0
Idaho State 1 3 0 4 5 0
Montana 0 4 0 2 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1968 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1968 NCAA College Division football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach Y C McNease and played in the Big Sky Conference. 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.

This was the last season for Neale Stadium, which opened 31 years earlier in 1937. It hosted only two games in 1968, and the final one was a win over Weber State on November 2. Due to soil erosion, the wooden grandstands were deemed unsafe the following summer and home games were moved to Rogers Field in Pullman for two seasons.

After fullback Ray McDonald won the NCAA rushing title in 1966, the Vandals were involuntarily dropped by the NCAA to the college division in 1967.[1] After two seasons, Idaho returned to the university division in 1969.[2]

For the second straight season, Idaho allowed 77 points at the Astrodome in Houston.[3]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 147:00 pmvs. Montana StateL 14–17  8,500
September 211:30 pmat Washington State*L 7–1423,612[4]
September 281:00 pmat Idaho StateW 35–15[5]
October 512:30 pmvs. Pacific*W 31–14  8,500[6]
October 121:30 pmMontanadaggerW 56–4510,793[7]
October 191:30 pmat Oregon*L 8–2317,250
October 261:30 pmat Washington*L 7–3749,538
November 212:30 pmWeber State
  • Neale Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho
W 50–4210,005[8]
November 98:00 pmat San Jose State*W 35–1710,500
November 165:30 pmat No. 14 Houston*L 3–7730,412[3]

Roster

1968 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 10 Jim Wickboldt Jr
QB 11 Steve Olson So
QB 14 Mitch Lansdell So
RB, P 12 Ron Davis So
RB 35 Dale Yount So
WR 38 Russ Peterson
RB, PK 42 Rob Young (C) Sr
RB 43 Jim Pearsall Sr
RB 44 Jeff Guillory Jr
WR 45 Jim Wilund So
C 51 Gary Atkinson
RG 61 Dick Chatfield
LG 62 Tom Nelson Jr
OL 67 John Durham So
OL 68 Jim Wimer So
OL 70 David Bennett
OL 71 Jim Thiemens
OL 74 Bruce Langmade So
LT 77 Bob Haney Jr
OL 78 Larry Kelly
RT 79 Gary Grove
TE 82 Mike Dempsey Jr
WR 84 Jerry Hendren Jr
TE, P 88 Dwight Bennett
TE 89 Gordon DeWaard Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 16 Wayne Marquess Jr
DB 20 Doug Clark Jr
DB 21 Dick Nelson
S 24 Bob Juba Jr
CB 26 Art Chubb
CB 27 Kenny Dotson (C) Sr
LB 31 Mike Wiscombe So
LB 36 Fred Gabourie
DB 40 Craig Wiegman
LB 50 Roosevelt Owens Jr
LB 55 Joe Tasby Jr
DL 60 Tom Carson Jr
DL 63 Pat Flynn So
DL 66 Ed Clauson Jr
DL 69 Brock Jackley So
DL 73 Joe Allen
DL 75 Ken Salesky
LB 80 John Knowles Jr
LB 86 Ed Schmidt
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 42 Rob Young Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt
Source:[9][10]

All-conference

Wide receiver Jerry Hendren and linebacker Joe Tasby were unanimous selections to the all-conference team, and were joined by running back Rob Young.[11]

NFL Draft

Two juniors from the 1968 Vandals were selected in the 1970 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Jerry Hendren WR 4th 89 Denver Broncos
Bob Haney T 15th 383 Detroit Lions

References

  1. ^ "Ostyn says Pacific cost major status". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 9, 1967. p. 15.
  2. ^ "NCAA ups 4 colleges". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 2, 1969. p. 22.
  3. ^ a b "Cougars play same record at Astrodome for Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 17, 1968. p. 10.
  4. ^ Wilson, Mike (September 22, 1968). "Jerry Henderson passes Cougars by Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 10.
  5. ^ "Olson comes off bench to engineer Idaho's first win". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 29, 1968. p. 14.
  6. ^ Wilson, Mike (October 6, 1968). "Vandals topple Pacific 31-14". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 12.
  7. ^ Wilson, Mike (October 13, 1968). "Vandals out offense Montana Grizzlies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 11.
  8. ^ Wilson, Mike (November 3, 1968). "Vandals outlast Weber State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 15.
  9. ^ "Grizzlies vs. Vandals: probable lineups". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 12, 1968. p. 10.
  10. ^ "McNease names Vandal starters". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 13, 1968. p. 20.
  11. ^ "Montana State leads Big Sky team picks". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 28, 1968. p. 18.