The Vandals began the season on our a sour note – travelling to Missoula.  Not only that, but Idaho lost the game to the local team by a score of 15-3.  Montana tallied their 15 points via a touchdown, safety, and a game ending pick-six.

Image of the 1915 team from the 1917 Gem of the Mountains

Image of the 1915 team from the 1917 Gem of the Mountains

Idaho took high hopes into the second game of the season at Oregon.  In fact, the Spokesman predicted an Idaho victory.  Unfortunately the Vandals would fall to the ducks in Eugene by the score of 19-7. Idaho fell behind by 19 points before the Vandals could muster any scoring. Once again big plays and poor pass defense doomed Idaho to the unexpected loss.

Idaho’s woes would continue in grand fashion the next week against Wazzu. Cougs would score their biggest victory to date over Idaho 41-0. It was also the largest score WSC had ever scored against a Northwest Conference opponent.  The largest ever crowd to gather at Maclean Field – in excess of 5,000 spectators, witnessed WSC’s victory. The “Idaho Fights” yell – another sadly lost tradition – was heard even as Idaho was soundly defeated. The paper reported that the fans kept up their end of the rivalry with a fracas on the field which was barely cleared by the Moscow police in time for the second half to begin.

Luck didn’t change for Idaho the following week, either.  Idaho traveled to Corvallis where the Aggies of OAC  thoroughly outplayed the Vandals. OAC tallied 40 points to Idaho’s 0 and played most of the game in Vandal territory.  Costly fumbles and penalties didn’t help Idaho’s cause. The Spokesman said Idaho was “utterly crushed“.

Idaho finally got in the win column against Idaho’s rival from Spokane, the team from Gonzaga. “One of the cheapest victories Idaho has ever won, and without a shred of glory attached” is how the game was described by the Spokesman. Idaho was outplayed by Gonzaga but returned an interception for the only touchdown of the game and won by the score of 6-3.

The pillow fight of the year in the Northwest Conference concluded Idaho’s season. The Vandals hosted the Missionaries from Whitman and held mighty Whitman to no score. Unfortunately for Idaho, the Vandals were also unable to score. The weakest Idaho team in years ended the season with a record of 1-4-1.

The big news of the season was the resignation of legendary coach Gil Dobie from UW. The conference schools had grown tired of Dobie’s antics and refused to schedule the school. The Chronicle ran an interesting cartoon showing Idaho as a cowboy with WSC as an Indian wishing Gil a sarcastic “good luck”. Dobie would be convinced to stay at Washington for one more year before being “through with Washington for all time“.


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A sports fan interested in the history of Vandal Athletics
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