The 1939 season began with lofty goals. The 1938 season had ended with a rare winning record and the Vandals looked to continue their winning ways in 1939. Unfortunately, the season would end, yet again, with more games in the loss column than the win column.
The Vandals were excited for the season to begin with the coach publicly excited about their prowess. Unfortunately the squad would lose to both major rivals: WSU by a score of 21-13 and to Montana by a score of 13-0. Idaho struggled all season to score points. Although they thought they had finally figured it out after their victory against Utah State, the Vandals lost their next two contests and were blanked in the season finale.
That contest was played against future WAC mate Denver. Although Idaho won’t soon face the Pioneers again on the gridiron, they will be regular competitors on the hardwood for the foreseeable future. The Vandals lost the only meeting between the two schools by a score of 23-0.
The annual contest in Boise was between Idaho and Utah. Although Idaho was in the midst of a dismal season, the Vandals still played before a sell-out crowd of 6,500 at old Bronco Stadium. As the result of the bad season calls were once again heard for Idaho and Montana to quit the Pacific Coast Conference and join a proposed Empire League. Proving once again that history repeats itself, Idaho received an unsolicited invitation to send a representative to the meeting of the proposed conference. Coach Bank said “fantastic ideas are always prepared for a team when it has a bad season“.
Here’s Idaho taking on WSU in 1939