1975 Idaho Vandals football
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Record4–5–2 (2–2–2 Big Sky)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDennis Erickson (2nd season)
Offensive schemeVeer[1]
Defensive coordinatorAndy Christoff (2nd season)
Base defense5–2[2]
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
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1975 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Boise State $^ 5 0 1 9 2 1
Idaho State 4 2 0 7 3 0
Montana State 4 2 0 5 5 0
Idaho 2 2 2 4 5 2
Montana 3 3 0 6 4 0
Weber State 1 4 1 1 9 1
Northern Arizona 0 6 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II AP Poll

The 1975 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. The Vandals were led by second-year head coach Ed Troxel and were members of the Big Sky Conference, then in Division II. They played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.


With quarterbacks Dave Comstock and Ken Schrom running the veer offense,[1][4][5] the Vandals were 4–5–2 overall and 2–2–2 in the Big Sky.[6][7]

In the Battle of the Palouse, the Vandals suffered an eighth straight loss to neighbor Washington State of the Pac-8, falling 84–27 at Martin Stadium in Pullman on November 15. The score was 56–14 at the half and 77–27 after three quarters.[8][9][10] The Cougars went winless in the Pac-8 in 1975 and were 3–8 overall.

This was the first year the Vandals played home games indoors; the Kibbie Dome's arched roof and end walls were constructed in ten months following the 1974 season. Opened in October 1971, it was an unlit outdoor venue known as new Idaho Stadium for four seasons, the last three with artificial turf. Its predecessor Neale Stadium was also without lights, so this was the first season of night football games on campus. The Vandals lost the opener to Idaho State on September 27,[11] and tied Boise State in the dedication game two weeks later.[12][13]

Notable players and coaches

Junior center John Yarno was selected in fourth round of the 1977 NFL Draft played six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Although quarterback Schrom was projected as the starter for 1976 as a redshirt junior, he opted to pursue professional baseball after the 1976 baseball draft.[14] A pitcher, he was a major leaguer for seven seasons and an all-star as a reliever in 1986.

Dennis Erickson, age 28, completed his second year as offensive coordinator, then left for Fresno State; he returned to the UI program in 1982 as head coach.

Division I

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


September 135:30 pmat Arkansas State*L 6–2310,122[15]
September 202:30 pmat Northern Arizona
W 22–1210,000
September278:00 pmIdaho State
L 14–2914,079[11]
October 47:30 pmat No. 14 Arizona State*L 3–2944,262
October 111:30 pmBoise State
T 31–3116,250[16][12][17][13]
October 1812:30 pmat MontanaL 3–147,800
October 258:15 pmat UNLV*W 39–712,451
November 18:00 pmMontana Statedagger
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, Idaho
W 41–2313,425
November 812:30 pmat Weber StateT 40–403,866
November 151:30 pmat Washington State*L 27–8417,300[8]
November 228:00 pmNorthern Illinois*
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
W 25–247,345
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time


1975 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Ken Schrom So
QB, P 12 Rocky Tuttle Fr
QB 14 Dave Comstock Sr
SE 18 Kirk Allen Fr
F, P 22 Bob Cheek Fr
RB 23 Monty Nash Sr
RB 25 Robert Brooks So
RB 30 Tim Lappano Fr
RB 40 Robert Taylor So
FB 44 J.C. Chadband Sr
FB 45 Kevin McAfee Jr
C 56 John Yarno (C) Jr
RG 51 Mike Kramer (C) Sr
RT 62 John Adams Sr
OL 65 Joe Dahlin So
LG 68 Clarence Hough Jr
OL 74 Dave Wiggum So
OL 76 Greg Kittrell Jr
LT 78 Wil Overgaard Jr
TE 80 Mike Hagadone Fr
TE 82 Steve Duncanson (C) Sr
SE 83 Tim Coles Sr
TE 84 Rick Mayfield Fr
Pos. # Name Class
FS, PK 11 Bill Keilty (C) Sr
CB 26 Greg Coman So
CB 27 Chuck Love Sr
SS 37 Barry Hopkins Jr
CB 42 Bill Clark Jr
CB 43 Brian Charles So
LB 54 Bob Cafferty Fr
DE 55 Jeff Phister Jr
LB 58 Kjel Kiilsgaard Jr
LB 59 John Kirtland Jr
DE 60 Rick Sullivan Jr
LB 61 Mike Siva Sr
LB 66 Ken Petticolas Jr
NG 67 Dave Gallick Sr
DT 72 Joe Pellegrini So
DL 73 Tom Eilertson So
DT 75 Lynn Rice So
DT 77 Craig Crnick Sr
DE 81 Doug Fisher Sr
DE 85 Chris Tormey 
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 7 Chuck Filippini Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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


Four Vandal seniors were named to the Big Sky all-conference team: quarterback Dave Comstock, fullback J.C. Chadband, tight end Steve Duncanson, and defensive back Bill Keilty. Chadband and Duncanson were repeat selections and were chosen unanimously. The second team included center John Yarno, tackle Wil Overgaard, split end Tim Coles, and linebacker Mike Siva.[5][22]

Comstock was the runner-up for conference MVP, a single vote behind running back John Smith of Boise State.[5][23]

NFL Draft

One Vandal senior was selected in the 1976 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (487 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Craig Crnick DE 13th 367 Oakland Raiders


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  14. ^ Barrows, Bob (October 25, 1980). "Ken Schrom glad he switched to baseball". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 5B.
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