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

1972 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1972 record4–7 (2–3 Big Sky)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBobby Thompson (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorRay Fulton [1][2] (3rd season)
Base defense5–2[1]
Captains
  • Rand Marquess (LB)
  • Kent Muhlbeier (C)
Home stadiumnew Idaho Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montana State $ 5 1 0 8 3 0
Idaho State 4 1 0 7 3 0
Boise State 3 3 0 7 4 0
Montana 3 3 0 3 8 0
Idaho 2 3 0 4 7 0
Weber State 2 4 0 5 5 0
Northern Arizona 0 4 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1972 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1972 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by third-year head coach Don Robbins and were members of the Big Sky Conference. They played their home games at new Idaho Stadium, an unlit outdoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

Season

With quarterbacks Rick Seefried, Dave Comstock, and Ross Goddard running the offense,[3][4] the Vandals were defending Big Sky champions. They were 4–7 overall and 2–3 in the Big Sky in 1972.

In the Battle of the Palouse, Idaho suffered a fifth straight loss to neighbor Washington State of the Pac-8, falling 35–14 at the new Martin Stadium in Pullman on October 7.[5]

In their second game with new rival Boise State, the Vandals won 22–21 in the rain at Bronco Stadium on November 25 to even up the series;[6] Idaho did not schedule Northern Arizona until 1975 and played only five games in conference.

University division

Through 1977, the Big Sky was a college division (renamed Division II in 1973) conference for football, except for university division (Division I) member Idaho, which moved down to the new Division I-AA in 1978. Idaho maintained its upper division status in the NCAA by playing university division non-conference opponents (and was ineligible for the college division postseason).

After the season in November, the Big Sky denied Idaho's request for additional football scholarships (75 vs. 62) for 1973.[7]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 161:30 pmOhio*W 17–1415,000
September 236:30 pmat Weber StateL 10–2616,164
September 3012:30 pmat Montana StateL 3–176,000
October 71:30 pmat Washington State*L 14–3518,500
October 141:30 pmNorthern Illinois*
  • Idaho Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho[12]
W 31–137,000
October 211:00 pmat Idaho StateL 7–3512,000
October 281:30 pmPacific*dagger
  • Idaho Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho[13]
L 7–2211,500
November 412:30 pmat Utah State*L 7–518,575
November 1112:30 pmMontana
W 31–176,800
November 1810:30 amat Western Michigan*L 16–2716,100
November 2512:30 pmat Boise StateW 22–2114,516

Roster

1972 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FL 10 Curt Hamm
QB 12 Ross Goddard So
QB 14 Dave Comstock Fr
QB 18 Rick Seefried Jr
FL, P 20 Kirk Dennis So
FL 21 Collie Mack So
RB 23 Jerry Hall Sr
FL 30 Jerry Williams Jr
RB 34 Mike Autrey
RB 35 Bernie Rembert Sr
RB 36 Rich Brown So
RB 38 Dick Baranco
RB 45 Randy Ammerman
C 50 Ken Muhlbeier (C) Sr
C 55 Steven Roe
G 56 Mark Busch Sr
C 59 Daryl Hanauer Sr
G 63 Jerry Anderson
G 67 Craig Pritchard Jr
T 69 Dave Hershey
T 70 Jerry Sinclair Jr
T 72 Larry Bosma Sr
T 73 Pat Fee Jr
G 74 Dave Crnich Sr
G 76 Bob Van Duyne Jr
T 77 Larry Warren Sr
SE 80 Jay Curcio Sr
TE 82 Darrell Burchfield Sr
SE 83 Kevin Ault Sr
TE 85 Bill Kashetta Jr
SE 89 Nick Nead
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 10 Syd Lofton Fr
S 11 Bucky Bruns Jr
S, P 16 Steve Hunter Sr
CB 22 Darrell Streeter
S 24 Ross Nelson So
S 25 Randy Hall Jr
DB 26 Curt Parsons Fr
S 27 Bruce Scharnhorst
S 31 Jim Welch Jr
DB 33 Rod Maynard Sr
CB 37 Stan Carter
DB 40 Larry Hultz
DB 42 Kelly Courage Sr
DB 43 Chris Mooney
DL, OL 51 Mike Kramer Fr
LB 52 Kevin Robison Jr
LB 53 Rand Marquess (C) Sr
LB 54 Fred Morscheck
LB 58 Ralph Sletager Sr
DT 60 Ben Evenson
LB 61 Chuck Blanck Jr
NG 62 Ron Moser
NG 65 Darrell Dodson
NG 66 Jim Riordon
DT 68 Lloyd Grimsrud Jr
DT 71 Mike Newell Sr
DT 75 Brian Jacobson
DT 78 Lorne Sherbina Jr
DT 79 Kevin Wolske Jr
DE 81 Ron Lockett
DE 84 Alofa Tauvage Jr
DE 86 Tom Doud Jr
DE 87 Alan Vance Jr
DE 88 Joe Feehan
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 7 Steve Tanner So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Source:[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

All-conference

The Vandal co-captains, center Ken Muhlbeier and linebacker Rand Marquess, were selected to the Big Sky all-conference team. Three Idaho players were named to the second team: running back Bernie Rembert, tight end Darrell Burchfeld, and defensive end Alofa Tauvage.[24][25]

NFL Draft

One Vandal senior was selected in the 1973 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ken Muhlbeier C 16th 400 Denver Broncos

Two juniors were selected in the following year's draft in 1974, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Bob Van Duyne G 10th 240 Baltimore Colts
Randy Hall DB 13th 317 Baltimore Colts

References

  1. ^ a b Payne, Bob (April 29, 1973). "Robbins relaxed, excited at Vandal prospects". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 4, sports.
  2. ^ "Fulton joins Weber staff". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. February 14, 1973. p. E1.
  3. ^ "Seefried out for season; Vandal hopes diminished". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 5, 1972. p. 11.
  4. ^ Pumphrey, Lew (September 8, 1972). "Freshman quarterback anxious after moving to second spot". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 13.
  5. ^ a b Missildine, Harry (October 8, 1972). "Paine paces Cougars' win". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  6. ^ a b Emerson, Paul (November 26, 1972). "Comstock's run leads Idaho past Boise State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 21.
  7. ^ "Conference nixes Vandals' request". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 22, 1972. p. 12.
  8. ^ Manders, Jim (September 17, 1972). "Vandals upset Ohio 17-14 on late field goal". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 17.
  9. ^ Manders, Jim (September 24, 1972). "Weber State tops Idaho 26-10". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 17.
  10. ^ Blodgett, Gary R. (September 25, 1972). "Weber defense stars". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. B9.
  11. ^ Payne, Bob (October 1, 1972). "Vandal title hopes lost: MSU gets 17-3 win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  12. ^ Payne, Bob (October 15, 1972). "Rembert's late runs lift Idaho". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  13. ^ "Pacific loss tough one, says Idaho head coach". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). October 30, 1972. p. 21.
  14. ^ Barrows, Bob (November 5, 1972). "Adams pounds Idaho secondary to give Utah State 51-7 victory". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 19.
  15. ^ Manders, Jim (November 12, 1972). "Idaho comes alive, rips Montana 31-17". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 17.
  16. ^ Barrows, Bob (November 19, 1972). "Vandals lose to Broncos 27-16". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 15.
  17. ^ "First string lineups". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 16, 1972. p. 11.
  18. ^ "Huskies vs. Vandals: probable starters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 14, 1972. p. 12.
  19. ^ "Idaho needs win (rosters)". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). November 10, 1972. p. 15.
  20. ^ Manders, Jim (November 11, 1972). "Vandals end home campaign". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 15.
  21. ^ Payne, Bob (November 22, 1972). "They 'deserved better season'". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 15.
  22. ^ Emerson, Paul (November 25, 1972). "Idaho ends disappointing season in game with arch rival Broncos". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 13.
  23. ^ "Idaho ends grid year at Boise". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 25, 1972. p. 12.
  24. ^ "MSU places five players on Sky team". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 7, 1972. p. 27.
  25. ^ "2 Vandals picked". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). December 7, 1972. p. 44.