Practice for the 1910 season began September 22 with coach Griffith introducing the “bucking strap“. The first game was scheduled nearly a month later and would be the battle of the Palouse.

The new practice methods worked and Idaho evened the series with Washington State at 6-6-1. In 1910 Idaho won by the score of 9-5. A big crowd of 3000 spectators were in Pullman to see Idaho defeat the Pullmanites.

In 1910 Idaho wore the traditional red jerseys as they invaded Pullman and defeated the gray-clad State College team. The Spokesman estimated the crowd at 2500 and claimed to be the biggest crowd for a sporting event in local history.


The game atmosphere and victory were roundly celebrated in Moscow. The Idaho students whom made the trip to Pullman foiled the Washington State serpentine by coming on the field in the middle of the Washington State “W”.  In fact, Idaho sent 600-700 fans from Moscow to Pullman for the game. Coach Griffith was becoming somewhat of a local legend by defeating Washington State 4 out of 5 times.

Idaho’s second “real” game of the season would be against Oregon. Idaho had already played two practices games – against Gonzaga and Lewis Clark State. Idaho hoped that this would be the season to finally break through against Oregon. Unfortunately it was not to be and Oregon soundly defeated Idaho 29-0.  A big crowd of 2000 saw the game including a few students from Pullman (whom rooted for Oregon).

Idaho traveled to Seattle next to face the mighty Washington squad and was again defeated 29-0. Idaho failed to achieve even a single first down against Washington. After the loss to Washington, Idaho would finish the season with a 5-0 victory over Whitman.

At this time Idaho competed in what was known as the Northwest Conference. The conference officials met in Portland in February of 1910. Typical agenda items included division of football gates receipts, scheduling, and eligibility of athletes. Expected in the 2011 meeting was the admittance of Whitworth to the league.


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