It may sound like a broken record, but in 1941 Idaho was again breaking in a new coach. Francis Schmidt brought his “razzle-dazzle” offense to Idaho with mixed results. Though the Vandals didn’t win a single PCC game in 1941, they did end up with a 4-5 record, which is respectable by Idaho standards. Losses against both Montana and WSU kept the Vandals from reaching a .500 record.
Other bright spots included a 21-7 victory of Gonzaga’s short lived football team in front of 7000 spectators. The victory marked the first points scored by Idaho against the Bulldogs since 1938. In the time pre-WWII Gonzaga appeared regularly on Idaho’s schedule. You could consider it another rivalry lost, but since the Bulldogs have been without football for over six decades, it’s hard to consider the two teams football rivals.
Coach Schmidt’s offense raised the Vandals profile statistically in the PCC, if not in the win column. The Vandals ranked near the top of the league in passing. Despite the improvements, there were rumors that Idaho would be kicked out of the league. Although forceful removal would never come to pass, Idaho was rarely considered a full fledged member of the PCC.
Here’s Idaho taking on WSU in 1941.