|1983 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1983 record||8–3 (4–3 Big Sky)|
|Head coach||Dennis Erickson|
|Offensive coordinator||Dan Cozzetto (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||John L. Smith (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Kibbie Dome|
|1983 Big Sky football standings|
|#11 Nevada $^||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||5||–||0|
|#12 Idaho State ^||5||–||2||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before championship playoffs)
The 1983 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1983 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by second-year head coach Dennis Erickson, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.
Led by senior quarterback Ken Hobart, the Vandals finished 8–3 in the regular season and 4–3 in the Big Sky to tie for third with rival Boise State, whom they defeated in consecutive years for the first time. It was Idaho's first win in Moscow in the series in six tries, and was the second of twelve straight over the Broncos, through 1993.
The Vandals won four of five home games in 1983, losing to nemesis Nevada-Reno for the fifth year in a row. They also lost to conference runner-up Idaho State; both of whom were selected for the 12-team I-AA playoffs. Idaho won all four of its non-conference games, but three were against Division II and NAIA opponents.
Although Idaho missed the postseason, 1983 marked the first time in 45 years that the Vandals had consecutive winning seasons in football, last accomplished in 1938 under head coach Ted Bank. After just two seasons, Erickson's seventeen victories placed him sixth in career wins among Vandal head coaches.
Senior quarterback Ken Hobart, a walk-on four-year starter, led the 1983 Vandals to an 8–3 record and named a Division I-AA All-American. Selected in the second round of 1984 USFL Draft by Jacksonville, he was traded to Denver during the season and then spent six seasons (1985–90) in the CFL. He was selected tenth in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft by the New York Jets, but never played in the NFL.
|Sep 10||7:00 pm||Southern Colorado (NAIA)*||W 43–28||12,500|
|Sep 17||12:30 pm||at Montana State||W 23–0|
|Sep 24||6:30 pm||at No. 13 Idaho State||No. 11||L 31–41||12,983|
|Oct 01||7:00 pm||Eastern Washington (Div. II)*||No. 20||W 38–24||12,500|
|Oct 08||7:00 pm||at Portland State (Div. II)*||No. 19||W 17–16||3,853|
|Oct 15||6:00 pm||at Weber State||No. 19||L 10–28||15,632|
|Oct 22||1:30 pm||Montana||W 45–24||16,400|
|Oct 29||2:00 pm||at Pacific (Div. I-A)*||No. 19||W 31–19||11,500|
|Nov 05||6:30 pm||at Northern Arizona||No. 14||W 40–10||7,138|
|Nov 12||7:00 pm||Nevada-Reno||No. 14||L 24–43||15,000|
|Nov 19||7:00 pm||Boise State||W 45–24||15,400|
|1983 Idaho Vandals football team roster|
- Stalwick, Howie (November 21, 1983). "Nevada-Reno, Idaho State in playoffs; Vandals are out". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. C2.
- Stalwick, Howie (September 26, 1983). "McMonigle can't celebrate record". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. 17.
- Stalwick, Howie (November 15, 1983). "Is there still life for the Vandals?". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. 18.
- College Football Data Warehouse Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine – Idaho Vandals – yearly totals – accessed 2011-10-02
- "Starting line-ups". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 10, 1983. p. 6C.
- "Vandals field veteran lineup". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 7, 1983. p. C4.
- Ramsdell, Paul (November 19, 1983). "Football feud: Idaho, BSU resume rivalry". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1984 University of Idaho yearbook – 1983 football season
- Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper – 1983 editions