1907

Idaho began the season by hosting the Spokane Athletic Club. The Idaho squad handled the visitors easily, winning by the score of 22-0.  Idaho outgained the visiting team by a whopping 325 yards to 70.

The following week Idaho would travel to Portland to play Oregon. The governors of Idaho and Oregon would attend the game. The Argonaut reports that a huge crowd attended the game and that Idaho played a much better game than the score of 21-5 (Idaho scored a touchdown and missed the kick) indicated. Further, it was reported that the field was covered in six inches of…sawdust in order to make fast football.

On November 8th Idaho would host Washington State in the 10th annual Battle of the Palouse. Idaho wasn’t expecting to win, but was prepared to give WSC a fight nonetheless. Back in the early days the rivalry was fairly evenly matched. WSC had won 5 and Idaho 4. Washington State requested 1,000 tickets for the game and planned on bringing at least that many fans. In total, 3,000 people attended the game and witnessed an Idaho upset, evening the rivalry at 5 games apiece. The 5-4 victory was an upset as every football expert picked WSC to handily defeat Idaho. Idaho scored a touchdown and held WSC to a drop kick goal.

1907

The Gem of the Mountains yearbook with a humorous commentary on the defeat of Washington State

After Idaho defeated Whitman the following week the Argonaut ran a front page headline declaring Idaho the champions of the Inland Empire. Idaho’s quickly improving team beat Whitman easily 11-0.

The final game of the season would be a true test for Idaho. The team would travel to Seattle to take on the mighty Huskies of Washington. The game would occur on Thanksgiving Day. The thrilling game would end in a 0-0 tie and would be one of the exceptionally rare times Idaho’s football squad would not be on the losing side in a battle against Washington.  Idaho once had the ball and was threatening to score, but turned the ball over on downs near the Washington 5 yard line.

Thus far in Idaho’s history the 1907 was considered the most successful season ever. The end of the season left several teams, including Idaho, vying for championship bragging rights. Oregon State defeated Oregon and Whitman. Idaho, while losing to Oregon, also defeated Whitman, defeated Washington State, and tied Washington. Meanwhile Washington State defeated Washington and Whitman. Unfortunately no title game would take place, so we will never know whether Idaho would have defeated Oregon State.

 

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