1966 Idaho Vandals football team

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

1966 Idaho Vandals football
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1966 record4–6 (3–1 Big Sky)
Head coachSteve Musseau (2nd season)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Montana State $^ 4 0 0     8 3 0
Idaho 3 1 0     4 6 0
Weber State 2 2 0     6 3 0
Idaho State 1 3 0     3 6 0
Montana 0 4 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

The 1966 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1966 college football season. The Vandals were led by second-year head coach Steve Musseau and played a second season in the Big Sky Conference, but remained in the university division. 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.

Led on the field by quarterbacks John Foruria and Steve Garman and senior fullback Ray McDonald, the Vandals were 4–6 overall and 3–1 in conference play. Idaho nearly won the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State for the third straight year, but lost 14–7 in the chilly mud at Neale Stadium after giving up two late touchdowns.[1][2][3] It remains the last time the rivalry was played in the state of Idaho; the Vandals dropped fourteen straight to the Cougars until consecutive wins in 1999 and 2000.

McDonald rushed for 255 yards in the season finale against Weber State and led the NCAA for the season with 1,329 yards.[4][5][6] He was the thirteenth overall selection in the 1967 NFL Draft, the highest-ever for a Vandal, taken by the Washington Redskins.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 18 1:30 pm at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle[7] L  7–19   55,360
September 24 12:30 pm at Montana State Gatton FieldBozeman, Montana [8] L 10–24     9,500
October 1 1:30 pm Pacific (CA)*dagger Neale StadiumMoscow, Idaho [9] W 28–7   12,500
October 8 12:30 pm at Idaho State Spud BowlPocatello, Idaho [10] W 27–20     7,000
October 15 1:30 pm at Oregon State* Parker StadiumCorvallis OR [11][12] L  7–14   16,141
October 22 1:30 pm Washington State* Neale Stadium • Moscow, Idaho [1][2] (Battle of the Palouse) L  7–14   16,500
October 29 12:30 pm vs. Oregon* old Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho [13][14] L  7–28   11,500
November 5 1:30 pm at San Jose State* Spartan StadiumSan Jose, California [15] L  7–21   16,200
November 12 1:30 pm Montana Neale Stadium • Moscow, Idaho [16] (Little Brown Stein) W 40–6     5,500
November 19 1:30 pm Weber State Neale Stadium • Moscow, Idaho [4][5][6] W 42–12     4,800
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Pacific Time.

NFL Draft[edit]

Four Vandal seniors were selected in the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft, the first common draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (445 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ray McDonald RB 1st 13 Washington Redskins
Ron Porter LB 5th 126 Baltimore Colts
John Foruria QB 8th 192 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tim Lavens TE 9th 212 New Orleans Saints

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Missildine, Harry (October 23, 1966). "Glen Shaw's sprint defeats Vandals". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Mike (October 23, 1966). "WSU scores twice in fourth quarter to beat Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 12.
  3. ^ Spoerhase, Jim (October 24, 1966). "Rally by Cougars trips Idaho 14-7". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 17.
  4. ^ a b Payne, Bob (November 20, 1966). "Ray McDonald caps year". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  5. ^ a b Wilson, Mike (November 20, 1966). "Inspired Idaho Vandals topple Weber State 42-12". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 10.
  6. ^ a b "Big Mac explodes in Idaho finale". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 21, 1966. p. 14.
  7. ^ Payne, Bob (September 18, 1966). "Hot Huskies top Idaho in opener". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  8. ^ "Upended Vandals to face Pacific". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. September 26, 1966. p. 17.
  9. ^ Wilson, Mike (October 2, 1966). "McDonald's 80-yard TD run aids Vandals' victory". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 12.
  10. ^ "Idaho defeats Idaho State 27-20". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 9, 1966. p. 15.
  11. ^ Hoefflin, Walter (October 16, 1966). "Preece sparks OSU's victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  12. ^ "Oregon State Beavers nip inspired Idaho Vandals 14-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 16, 1966. p. 8.
  13. ^ Uhrhammer, Jerry (October 30, 1966). "Ducks ignite, blast Idaho". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  14. ^ Payne, Bob (October 29, 1966). "Beavers rip Cougars; Idaho falls". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  15. ^ Payne, Bob (November 6, 1966). "San Jose bombs way past Idaho". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  16. ^ Payne, Bob (November 13, 1966). "It's Ray over Montana". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.

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