1999 Idaho Vandals football team

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.

1999 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig West Conference
Record7–4 (4–2 Big West)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorPhil Earley (2nd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorJeff Mills (2nd season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumMartin 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

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. For the first time in thirty years, the Vandals did not play any games in the state of Idaho.

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]


September 27:35 pmat Eastern Washington (Div. I-AA)*W 48–21  9,694
September 114:00 pmat Auburn*L 23–3076,465
September 181:00 pmWashington State*W 28–1734,783[1][3]
October 212:00 pmat Wyoming*L 13–2817,079
October 96:00 pmNorth Texas
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 28–1016,636
October 165:00 pmat Arkansas StateW 30–24 OT12,944
October 231:00 pmUtah State 
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 31–323,429[2]
October 305:00 pmat New Mexico StateL 14–42  8,810[9]
November 612:00 pmat NevadaW 42–3319,232[10]
November 1311:00 amat No. 4 (Div. I-AA) Montana*W 33–3019,078[11]
November 201:00 pmBoise State
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA (rivalry)
L 14–4525,867[6]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

NFL Draft


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.