1999 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

1999 Idaho Vandals football
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Conference Big West Conference
1999 record 7–4 (4–2 Big West)
Head coach Chris Tormey (5th season)
Offensive coordinator Phil Earley (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Jeff Mills (2nd season)
Home stadium Martin Stadium (Pullman, WA)
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1999 Big West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Boise State $   5 1         10 3  
Idaho   4 2         7 4  
New Mexico State   3 2         6 5  
Utah State   3 3         4 7  
Arkansas State   2 3         4 7  
Nevada   2 4         3 8  
North Texas   1 5         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Vandals, led by fifth-year head coach Chris Tormey, were members of the Big West Conference and went 7–4 overall and 4–2 in conference play.

They played their home games at Martin Stadium on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, eight miles (13 km) west of their campus in Moscow, Idaho. Martin Stadium was used to satisfy NCAA attendance requirements for Division I-A status.[1][2] The 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, was not used for any Vandal football games this season.

In the Battle of the Palouse with Washington State, the Vandals won for the first time since 1965, breaking a fourteen-game losing streak to the Cougars that lasted more than three decades.[1][3]

Standout defensive lineman Mao Tosi missed the last two games due to a neck stinger;[4] in the finale for the conference title,[5] the Vandals were soundly defeated by rival Boise State in Pullman.[6] This was the beginning of the current losing streak to the Broncos, which reached twelve games in 2010 before the series went on hiatus. Tosi was selected in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals until a neck injury ended his playing career.

This was the final season for alumnus Tormey as head coach; in December, he left for Nevada,[7] which was moving to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). A few days later, former Vandal offensive lineman Tom Cable was hired for 2000.[8]


Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 2 7:35 pm at Eastern Washington (Div. I-AA)* Joe Albi StadiumSpokane, WA W 48–21     9,694
September 11 4:00 pm at Auburn* Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL L  23–30   76,465
September 18 1:00 pm vs. Washington State* Martin StadiumPullman, WA[1][3] (Battle of the Palouse) W 28–17   34,783
October 2 12:00 pm at Wyoming* War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY L  13–28   17,079
October 9 6:00 pm North Texas Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA W 28–10   16,636
October 16 5:00 pm at Arkansas State Indian StadiumJonesboro, AR W 30–24 OT  12,944
October 23 1:00 pm Utah Statedagger Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA [2] W 31–3   23,429
October 30 5:00 pm at New Mexico State Aggie Memorial StadiumLas Cruces, NM [9] L  14–42    8,810
November 6 12:00 pm at Nevada Mackay StadiumReno, NV [10] W 42–33   19,323
November 13 11:00 am at No. 4 Montana (Div. I-AA)* Washington–Grizzly StadiumMissoula, MT [11] (Little Brown Stein) W 33–30   19,078
November 20 1:00 pm Boise State Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA [6] (Rivalry) L  14–45   25,867
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Pacific Time.

NFL Draft[edit]

One Vandal senior was selected in the 2000 NFL Draft, which was seven rounds (254 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Mao Tosi DT 5th 136 Arizona Cardinals


  1. ^ a b c Meehan, Jim (September 19, 1999). "Down for the long count". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1.
  2. ^ a b Pond, Alex (October 25, 1999). "Meeting expectations". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  3. ^ a b Pond, Alex (September 20, 1999). "Vandals rule the Palouse". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  4. ^ Pond, Alex (November 22, 1999). "Stinger forces tough conclusion for Tosi". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 3B.
  5. ^ Pond, Alex (November 20, 1999). "Vandals, Broncos put their seasons on the line". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  6. ^ a b Pond, Alex (November 22, 1999). "Broncos buck UI bowl bid". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  7. ^ Pond, Alex (December 9, 1999). "Nevada's jackpot". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. p. 1A.
  8. ^ Pond, Alex (December 15, 1999). "Cable installed at Idaho". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. p. 1B.
  9. ^ Pond, Alex (November 1, 1999). "Vandals suffer letdown at NMSU". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  10. ^ Pond, Alex (November 8, 1999). "Bring on the Broncos". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  11. ^ Pond, Alex (November 15, 1999). "Vandals escape Missoula by a toe". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.

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