The 1926 campaign opened with a game against visiting Montana State.  MacLean field was inundated by a steady rain and the game ended in a scoreless tie.  The sight must have been quite different then as the teams combined for only four pass attempts.  Idaho looked like the better team, but the game ended in a tie.

The following week Idaho would visit Missoula to give the Grizzlies their annual beating at the hands of the Vandals.  1926 was no different as Idaho outplayed Montana in nearly every aspect of the game.  Even without attempting a single forward pass, Idaho whipped the Griz 27-12.

After their victory in Missoula the Vandals would lay their own egg against Washington in

Idaho lost a hard-fought battle against the Cougs

Seattle.  In defeat Idaho looked as feeble as Montana had looked a week prior.  A bright spot for Idaho, though, was the 200 fans who traveled to Seattle to see the game, along with three cheerleaders and a 20 piece pep band.  Over 20,000 spectators witnessed the game in all.

The next game was basically a breather against the College of Idaho. The Coyotes were no match for the Vandals and Idaho won 30-0.  The following week, however, Idaho got a tough test from Oregon State.   At the time OSU was OAC (Oregon Agricultural College).  The game of football was much different then as well.  Idaho lost two players to injury in what was described as one of the roughest games this author had ever witnessed.  Idaho’s star quarterback was sent to the hospital with temporary paralysis of the spine.  Idaho outplayed OAC in every statistical category except scoring, dropping a close one in Portland 3-0.  But, even with such a dramatic game, the attention was focused on next week’s showdown with the hated Cougars.

It was to be homecoming in Moscow and the Vandals were expecting a MacLean Field capacity crowd of over 10,000 even with the Saint Mary’s-Gonzaga rivalry game being played in Spokane.  The Vandal-Cougar game didn’t disappoint as the two squads played a close one with WSC breaking their three year losing streak to the Vandals and emerging with a 6-0 Victory.  Idaho would make it two losses in a row by dropping next week’s game to USC.

Idaho wrapped up a semi-successful season by travelling to Omaha and blanking the Creighton Jays 12-0.  The Argonaut reports that Idaho outgained the Jays 335 to 69. Idaho simply outplayed Creighton and got revenge for the loss in 1925.



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