The 1913 campaign began with a bang. Idaho traveled to Spokane to face regional foe Gonzaga. The Vandals were superior in every facet of the game, winning 50-something to three. Idaho reports the game was 52-3, but the Lewiston Tribune reports 54-3 and six touchdowns scored by Idaho. The game against Gonzaga was the first one in the Bulldogs new stadium. Idaho’s stars from Coeur d’Alene and Boise “swamped” the Gonzaga team.

Idaho vs WSC

The annual showdown with Washington State would follow the Gonzaga game. The all-time series was tied between the two rivals up to this point. The teams were expected to be evenly matched and they did not disappoint. The Vandals would come out on the right end of a 3-0 score, but the game was very closely contested. Idaho scored an early field goal and held the Pullman team from scoring the rest of the way.

1913 Idaho Vandals

1913 Idaho Vandals

Idaho next traveled to Eugene where the Vandals faced off against the Ducks. Idaho reportedly played well, although the score was heavily in favor of Oregon, 27-0.

Idaho would completely overwhelm Whitman next, winning 29-3. The victory would give Idaho the Inland Empire title – whatever that is. But, considering Idaho had beaten Gonzaga, Whitman, and Washington State, I guess the Vandals could be considered the best in the Inland Empire. The Spokesman referred to the Vandals as “husky” in the game recap. Whether this refers to their size or their mascot I’m not quite certain.

MacLean Field

MacLean Field

To wrap up the season Idaho would head to Oregon for its last two games. Little was published about Idaho’s Thanksgiving Day game in Oregon against the Aggies. The game was apparently very close with Idaho losing by the score of 3-0. If it hadn’t been for poor field conditions, Idaho feels this result could have been reversed. For some strange reason Idaho returned to Oregon more than a month after its game against Oregon State to play a game, on new years day. The game was against the Multnomah Athletic Club. The Vandals played a competitive game against the team that had recently thrashed Oregon, but ultimately came up short 20-9. The game was scoreless until the final quarter when Multnomah AC pulled away. Multnomah had not been defeated since 1911 and the Gem of the Mountains indicated that the Vandals should be proud of the effort. A good history of the Multnomah Athletic Club football team can be found here.

MacLean Field

Idaho would play a total of 3 games in Oregon in the 1913-14 season and only 2 games in Idaho. Tight geographic conferences sometimes have strange schedule quirks.


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