Keith Gilbertson inherited a winning record, a veteran quarterback and 1 6 seniors. He was faced with continuing a winning tradition , and thus by featuring the pass and emphasizing the defense the team was
QFFAND W hen Dennis Erickson accepted the Vandal head coaching football position in 1982, he brought with him a staff that included a 33-yearold pass-minded offensive coordinator named Keith Gilbertson. Four years later, after Erickson had departed for the wide open spaces at the University of Wyoming, the man called "Gilby" led the Vandal football team into the Kibbie Dome to begin the season. No longer a mere offensive coordinator, at 6:39 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, Keith Gilbertson and his players officially penned a new chapter in the history of Vandal football . • Portland State. Opening the season in the Dome, the Vandals defeated the Vikings 42-10 in front of 8,500 fans. The win marked the first time since 1922, a first-year Vandal coach won his debut game. ''This game was a real learning experience." Gilbertson said. " I was probably the most inexperienced guy out there tonight. " I mean when you're in charge, abo ut 26,000 things run though your mind. Do they have their knee pads on right? Was there too much at the pre-game meal? "Gosh, I even forgot what it's like to take a TV time out after every exchange . I didn't prepare our kids very well." • Cal-State Fullerton. Following a 34-21 loss to the Division I Central Michi-
gan Chippewas, the Vandals returned home to take on the Division I Titans. The Homecoming game attracted more than 12,000 fans to the Dome as the Vandals prevailed 25-17 . "Everyone comes at us from soup to nuts," Gilbertson said referring to the Titan's innovative offensive. "By the time a kid graduates from here, he's seen it all. I think we saw it all today.'' Not only did the Vandals win the game, but linebacker Tom Hennessey established the school record for most career interceptions when he picked off his second pass of the game and 14th of his career. " It feels great," Hennessey said. " It was something I really wanted to get."
Fullerton, EWU and ISU games. "We've come out three weeks in a row now and got it going in the third quarter. " Indeed, after traili ng 14-10 at halftime the Vandals scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to take the lead for good. "You don't have to get after these guys," Gilbertson said of his team. " These guys are smart who come to this school. They know when they need to do something different - something to win." • Northern Arizona. Following a week off and a loss to the eventual league champion University of' Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack, the Vandals found them-
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~------------------~ ,, _ • Idaho State. A fter traveling to Spokane to beat Eastern Washington 27-10, the Vandals returned to the Dome on Oct. 4 to play the first of seven consecutive regular season Big Sky Conference games. Owning a 3-1 overall record , the Vandals upped it to 4-1 and 1-0 in conference with a 38-26 win. ''This has been a murderous four in a row for us," Gilbertson said referring to the Central Michigan,
selves on the short end of a 24-0 whitewash at the hands of the Lumberjacks. The shutout marked the first time the Vandals had been blanked since 1978. The game also featured a NCAA record-setting performance by NAU kicker Goran Lingmerth who booted eight consecutive field goals. " I guess congratulations are in order to the kid," Gilbertson said of Lingmerth's
Published on Jun 28, 2012