The University of Idaho Rivalry

University of Idaho Vandals Games

Year

Broncos

BSU Coach

Vandals

Idaho Coach

Result

Record

Where

1971

42

Knap

14

Don Robbins

W

1-0-0

Boise

1972

21

Knap

22

Don Robbins

L

1-1-0

Boise

1973

47

Knap

24

Don Robbins

W

2-1-0

Moscow

1974

53

Knap

29

Ed Troxel

W

3-1-0

Boise

1975

31

Knap

31

Ed Troxel

T

3-1-1

Moscow

1976

9

Criner

16

Ed Troxel

L

3-2-1

Boise

1977

44

Criner

14

Ed Troxel

W

4-2-1

Moscow

1978

48

Criner

10

Jerry Davitch

W

5-2-1

Boise

1979

41

Criner

17

Jerry Davitch

W

6-2-1

Moscow

1980

44

Criner

21

Jerry Davitch

W

7-2-1

Boise

1981

45

Criner

43

Jerry Davitch

W

8-2-1

Moscow

1982

17

Criner

24

Dennis Erickson

L

8-3-1

Boise

1983

24

Setencich

45

Dennis Erickson

L

8-4-1

Moscow

1984

0

Setencich

37

Dennis Erickson

L

8-5-1

Boise

1985

27

Setencich

44

Dennis Erickson

L

8-6-1

Moscow

1986

14

Setencich

21

Keith Gilbertson

L

8-7-1

Boise

1987

34

Skip Hall

40

Keith Gilbertson

L

8-8-1

Moscow

1988

20

Skip Hall

26

Keith Gilbertson

L

8-9-1

Boise

1989

21

Skip Hall

26

John L. Smith

L

8-10-1

Moscow

1990

14

Skip Hall

21

John L. Smith

L

8-11-1

Boise

1991

24

Skip Hall

28

John L. Smith

L

8-12-1

Moscow

1992

16

Skip Hall

62

John L. Smith

L

8-13-1

Boise

1993

16

Pokey Allen

49

John L. Smith

L

8-14-1

Moscow

1994

27

Pokey Allen

24

John L. Smith

W

9-14-1

Boise

1995

13

Pokey Allen

33

Chris Tormey

L

9-15-1

Moscow

1996

19

Pokey Allen

64

Chris Tormey

L

9-16-1

Boise

1997

30

Houston Nutt

23

Chris Tormey

W

10-16-1

Moscow

1998

35

Dirk Koetter

36

Chris Tormey

L

10-17-1

Boise

1999

45

Dirk Koetter

14

Chris Tormey

W

11-17-1

Pullman, WA

2000

66

Dirk Koetter

24

Tom Cable

W

12-17-1

Boise

2001

45

Dan Hawkins

13

Tom Cable

W

13-17-1

Pullman, WA

2002

38

Dan Hawkins

   21

Tom Cable

W

14-17-1

Boise

2003

24

Dan Hawkins

10

Tom Cable

W

15-17-1

Moscow

2004

65

Dan Hawkins

7

Nick Holt

W

16-17-1

Boise

2005

70

Dan Hawkins

35

Nick Holt

W

17-17-1

Boise

2006

42

Chris Petersen

26

Dennis Erickson

W

18-17-1

Moscow

2007

58

Chris Petersen

14

Robb Ackey

W

19-17-1

Boise

2008

45

Chris Petersen

10

Robb Ackey

W

20-17-1

Moscow

2009

63

Chris Petersen

25

Robb Ackey

W

21-17-1

Boise

2010

52

Chris Petersen

14

Robb Ackey

W

22-17-1

Moscow

Total Points

1389

1057


The Idaho Vandals were the Bronco's biggest rivalry for many years.  This Rivalry started in 1971 after the University of Idaho was forced to play Boise State in Football, because Boise State had joined the Big Sky Conference in 1970. The Broncos shocked the heavily favored Vandals in their first meeting in 1971, 42 to 14 and the rivalry was on.   The first 25 games were played in the Big Sky Conference and the next 5 games were played in the Big West Conference.  Idaho was a Member of the Sun Belt Conference from 2001 to 2004 and Boise State was a member of the WAC from 2001 till 2010.  Idaho was a WAC member from 2006 to 2012. Idaho currently plays Football in the Sun Belt Conference and their other sports are in the Big Sky Conference.

The Vandals dominated the series for 12 years from 1982 to 1993 winning all 12 games.  The Broncos ended the series by winning the last 12 games in a row.. The Broncos lead the series 22-17-1.  The Broncos have outscored the Vandals by 338 points in the series.


Did someone say 'Tradition'?

by Micah Cranney

Tradition in the Vandal sense of the word? I hear people talk about the "Vandal tradition" as if it's a good thing. Shall we have a look at the Vandal tradition?

Started play in 1893 . Didn't win their first game until 1900. It took 8 seasons to win their first game--although it appears that they didn't have a team for 2 of those years.
1900 to 1905 , had 4 winning seasons, including a 5-0 season in 1905.
1906 to 1910 , had 2 winning seasons, a .500 season, and 2 losing seasons.
1911 to 1920 , had 2 winning seasons (coincidentally were both 1911 and 1920--9 years apart), though they didn't sport a team in 1918 due to WW1. Had 2 .500 seasons, and 4 losing seasons. In 1914, averaged 2 points/game, and 2.7 pts/game in 1915.
1920 to 1927 , had 5 winning seasons (though never higher than .667) and 3 losing seasons.
1928 to 1936 , only had 1 season of .500. All other years were losing seasons.
1937 and 1938 managed to have 2 consecutive winning seasons (.562 and .650).
1939 to 1962 , never managed to get over .500, and hit that only 3 times ('47, '52, and '57). 1943 and 1944 were on WWII hiatus. 1940 averaged 3.3 pts/game. The average margin of defeat in 1962 was 31.8 pts/game--even with 2 wins.
1963 to 1968 had 2 winning seasons, 2 .500 seasons and 2 losing seasons.
1969 to 1975 , had 1 winning season, and 6 losing seasons, including the first-ever game with and first-ever loss to that soon-to-be former junior college in Boise in 1971 , which strangely enough was the only winning season they had during this streak.
1976 to 1981 had 2 winning seasons (never higher than .636) and 4 losing seasons.
1982 to 1996 were all winning seasons (15 straight).
1997 to 2010 have had 3 winning seasons, 11 losing seasons.

All in all:
60 losing seasons
10 .500 seasons
38 winning seasons
.447 winning percentage

The tradition of the Vandal program is mediocrity (at best) or perhaps losing. That's their tradition. It appears that the only anomaly in the whole scheme of the tradition is the period in the 80's to 90's. This is the only time period that doesn't seem to match the rest of the history of the football program.

Now compare their tradition to the tradition that Boise State built from the end of WWII 'til now ( .723 winning percentage)

Since 1968 :
5 losing seasons
1 .500 season
35 winning seasons

Prior to 1968 :
6 losing seasons
1 .500 season
24 winning seasons
All of the losing seasons were from 1932 to 1946. From 1947 through 1975, Boise State had a consecutive winning season streak. Boise State went from 1946 until 1986 before it experienced its next losing season (1976 was a .500 season). No games were played from 1942-1945.

Combined since 1932 :
11 losing seasons
2 .500 seasons
59 winning seasons

 

 

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