Idaho’s 1998 football team wasn’t expected to do much. College football’s ‘experts’ picked Idaho to finish dead last in the NCAA, but the Vandals didn’t get the memo. The Vandals cruised through the season with a 7-3 record heading into a final showdown against Boise State. They need to win to clinch the Big West title and the school’s first bowl bid. Trailing 28-35 in overtime, the Vandals scored what might have been the tying touchdown, but the Broncos called a timeout to try to ice kicker Ben Davis on the extra point. The Vandals shocked BSU by sending the offense back out for a gutsy two-point conversion attempt, which Joel Thomas scored to give Idaho a 36-35 victory. Underdogs all year long, it was fitting the Vandals enter the Humanitarian Bowl against 17-point favorites Southern Miss. In an upset that stole headlines around the nation, Idaho downed Southern Miss 42-35 to complete the season that the college football world didn’t believe they could have. Quarterback John Welsh earned Humanitarian Bowl MVP honors, Head Coach Chris Tormey was honored Big West Coach of the Year and Joel Thomas was chosen Big West co-Offensive Player of the Year, while Thomas, Rick DeMulling and Ryan Skinner all earned spots on the All-Big West First Team.