1928 was an interesting year in Vandal football. Although the team would be crushed by the Cardinal, Idaho faced off with Stanford in San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium. The stadium, which had recently been expanded to a capacity of 60,000, would host the Idaho-Stanford game. A league-leading Stanford crushed Idaho 47-0.
Although Wazzu was favored to win, the annual border rivalry was as big of a deal as always. Special trains ran from Spokane to Moscow for the game, and Vandal fans were optimistic about their chances. One of the weaknesses of the 1928 Vandal squad was the punting game. In fact, Coach Erb abandoned punting all together at one point.
In yet another error in the Idaho history books, Idaho played the Gonzaga Bulldogs to a 6-6 tie in Spokane. Idaho’s record book lists the game as a home contest, but in fact it occurred in Spokane. Interestingly, although Idaho and Gonzaga were in different leagues, the Vandals and Bulldogs met nearly every season for 20 years.
Idaho dropped the season opener against Montana State in Moscow. Idaho’s record book also lists this incorrectly as an away game. Montana State’s record book, and the newspapers, indicate it was a home game for the Vandals. Idaho also defeated conference newcomer UCLA 20-6 in Moscow. The Chronicle covered the game in huge print on the sports page. My how things have changed.