1966 – Cougars Last Visit to Moscow

1966 marked the end of a long tradition in the cross-border Vandal – Cougar rivalry.  It would be the cougs final visit to Moscow.  Idaho was unable to stretch their winning streak against the Cougars to three games and lost 14-7.  In the nearly 50 years that have passed since the last Cougar visit the two team have played in Pullman, Spokane, and Seattle but never in Moscow. The 1966 affair was played on a soggy field in Neale Stadium.  More than 16,000 fans packed the stadium to see the final visit of the cougars to Idaho and were treated to a great game, despite the Idaho loss.  Idaho lead 7-6 in the fourth quarter when WSU scored the go-ahead touchdown.  The cougs went on to convert a two point play on a fake PAT attempt that broke Idaho’s heart.

Washington ticket from the Idaho game

Idaho vs. San Jose State Program

One of the less intimidating depictions of Joe Vandal

In typical fashion the Vandals played 5 of their 10 games against University level competition.  Idaho went 1-4 against the bigger schools with their only  victory coming in a 28-7 victory over the Pacific Tigers.  In its annual game in Boise the Vandals hosted and lost to the Oregon Ducks.

As usual the Vandals fared much better in Big Sky play finishing 3-1.  Their only conference loss came against Montana State who would go on to win the Big Sky and appear in the Camellia Bowl.

Idaho vs. San Jose State, 1966. Idaho lost 21-7.

Thunder Ray

Thunder Ray

Idaho hosted Oregon in Boise at Bronco Stadium

Idaho at Washington

The last time the cougs visited Moscow


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A sports fan interested in the history of Vandal Athletics
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