1912

Idaho against Washington State College

Idaho against Washington State College

In 1912 Idaho played only four football games. The season opened in Pullman against Washington State.  The game was dominated by Idaho and the Vandals won the game 13-0. Washington State tried multiple field goals but missed two and had one blocked by Idaho. Idaho was the bigger team, the stronger team, and the more prepared team. A huge crowd of fans was present at the game. Two special trains were run from Moscow to Pullman to bring fans in addition to those who drove by car.

A summary of the 1912 season in the Pacific Northwest from Spalding

A summary of the 1912 season in the Pacific Northwest from Spalding

Although the Vandals looked great against Washington State, Idaho was severely outclassed against the mighty huskies. Idaho was overwhelmed in every department as the Washington team crushed Idaho 24-0. Very few of Washington’s first string played the final quarter against Idaho but the Vandals were still unable to score. Legendary Washington coach Gil Dobie remarked that Washington expected Idaho to put up a better fight. The game was 22-0 in favor of Washington at the half and the only scoring in the second half was that of a safety tallied by the Washington squad.

When Idaho hosted Oregon in the third game of the season it was the red against the blue. Those teams would look severely out of place today. The red clad Vandal squad appeared to have won the game but had a touchdown called back on a technicality. Meanwhile the blue-clad Oregon boys won the game on a powerful field goal. The crowd must have been pretty light as the Spokesman made several mentions of the poor attendance and remarked that the game should be played in Spokane the next time Oregon visited Idaho.

Idaho played only one game at home in 1912 - Oregon

Idaho played only one game at home in 1912 – Oregon

In the season finale Idaho traveled to Walla Walla to face Whitman. The smaller Idaho team outcoached and outplayed Whitman winning by the score of 13-6.  Idaho and Whitman had previously played 12 times with each school winning six. The 1912 victory gave Idaho a 7-6 series lead and ended the season on a high note.

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One Response to 1912

  1. This is great! I enjoy sports history, as well social history. Thank you for sharing!

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