|1984 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1984 record||6–5 (4–3 Big Sky)|
|Head coach||Dennis Erickson (3rd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Dan Cozzetto (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||John L. Smith (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Kibbie Dome|
|1984 Big Sky football standings|
|#2 Montana State $^||6||–||1||–||0||12||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before playoffs)
The 1984 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1984 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by third-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.
After the departure of four-year starter QB Ken Hobart following the 1983 season, Idaho struggled with injuries and inexperience, falling to a 2–5 record before winning their last four. Led by quarterbacks Scott Linehan (redshirt sophomore) and Rick Sloan (junior, transfer from San Jose State), the Vandals finished 6–5 in the regular season and 4–3 in the Big Sky.
Although the 1984 season was less successful than the previous two, it marked the first time in nearly eight decades that the Vandals had three consecutive winning seasons in football; it was last accomplished in 1905.
The Vandals defeated Oregon State of the Pac-10 41–22 in Moscow, but lost to upstart independent Eastern Washington in Spokane (EWU joined the Big Sky in 1987). Nevada-Reno continued its dominance over the Vandals, winning its sixth straight since joining the conference in 1979. Double-digit leads in the second half were squandered in both disappointing home losses to Montana State and Weber State.
Idaho defeated rival Boise State for the third consecutive year, a streak that would extend to twelve straight in 1993. The 1984 game was the most lopsided to date, with the Vandals recording a 37–0 shutout on the road at Bronco Stadium in the season finale.
Division I-AA playoffs
Idaho missed the I-AA playoffs again, but would return in ten of the next eleven seasons, then depart for the Big West Conference after the 1995 season. In 1984, the mercurial Montana State Bobcats won the Big Sky title and the I-AA national title (MSU was 1–10 in 1983, 12–2 in 1984, 2–9 in 1985). The Bobcats were the only selection from the West in the 12-team playoffs. Idaho closed out the decade with conference titles in 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1989 (and runner-up in 1986), not missing the I-AA playoffs until 1991.
|September 8||7:00 pm||Portland State (Div. II)*||W 49–14||10,500|
|September 15||1:00 pm||at Cal State Fullerton (Div. I-A)*||L 7–28||5,650|
|September 22||7:00 pm||Montana State||L 28–34||11,600|
|September 29||7:00 pm||Oregon State (Div. I-A)*||W 41–22||10,700|
|October 6||1:00 pm||at Nevada-Reno||L 17–23||9,525|
|October 13||1:30 pm||Weber State||L 37–40||13,700|
|October 20||2:00 pm||at Eastern Washington*||L 25–32||10,000|
|October 27||1:00 pm||at Montana||W 40–39|
|November 3||7:00 pm||Northern Arizona||W 37–9||7,500|
|November 10||1:30 pm||Idaho State||W 45–42||7,500|
|November 17||12:30 pm||at Boise State||W 37–0||20,430|
|1984 Idaho Vandals football team roster|
- Barrows, Bob (November 23, 1984). "Comin' on strong: after dismal start, Vandals show their stuff at end". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1C.
- College Football Data Warehouse Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine – Idaho Vandals – yearly totals – accessed 2011-10-02
- Stalwick, Howie (September 30, 1984). "Vandals pull off an upset". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. D1.
- Barrows, Bob (October 14, 1984). "Second half Weber State rally spells defeat for Idaho, 40-37". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1D.
- Barrows, Bob (November 18, 1984). "Everything goes Idaho's way, including Gem trophy". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1C.
- "Starting rosters – ISU @ UI". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. November 11, 1984. p. 4C.
- "Starting line-ups". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). October 6, 1984. p. 5C.
- "Starting line-ups". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 3, 1984. p. 5C.
- "Starting line-ups". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 17, 1984. p. 6C.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1985 University of Idaho yearbook – 1984 football season
- Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper – 1984 editions