Perhaps the biggest story concerning the Idaho football team in 1955 was the sickness that left a dozen players hospitalized. The incident was investigated by the State Board of Health. The timing couldn’t have been worse. The food poisoning occurred one week before Idaho’s season opener against the Washington Huskies in Seattle. Idaho would fall 14-7 in a close game against the Huksies.
Legendary Idaho football coach Skip Stahley also made headlines when he appeared to be a candidate for the Oregon State job. He would calm boosters fears and stay at Idaho for several more seasons.
Although Idaho was mired in a conference losing streak that lasted several seasons, the mighty Vandals still managed to put a 31-0 beating on rival Montana. Idaho also beat future power BYU 49-6.
Back on campus, the university had just completed another round of long range planning. This time, however, a university Coliseum had appeared, for the first time, on the campus master plan. Unfortunately, more than fifty years later, the University of Idaho still does not have a dedicated facility for basketball.
Idaho traveled to Arizona to take on the Wildcats in 1955. The Vandals would lose the game 47-14.