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1920 Idaho Vandals football
1920 record4–2
Head coachThomas Kelley (1st season)
Home stadiumMacLean Field
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Template:1920 college football records The 1920 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1920 college football season. Idaho was led by first-year head coach Thomas Kelley in their penultimate season as an independent before joining the Pacific Coast Conference in 1922.[1][2] The Vandals had one home game in Moscow on campus at MacLean Field, with one in Boise at the state fairgrounds.

Idaho dropped a sixth consecutive game to Washington State in the Battle of the Palouse, falling 7–14 in the opener in Moscow.[3][4] Three years later, the Vandals won the first of three consecutive, their only three-peat in the rivalry series.

After coming up six points short at Oregon to start with two losses,[5][6] Idaho won its last four games.


October 15Washington StatedaggerL 7–14
October 23at OregonL 7–13
October 30at Whitman
  • Anthony Field
  • Walla Walla, WA [7]
W 21–7
November 11vs. Utah
W 10–0
November 20at MontanaW 20–7
November 27at Gonzaga
W 10–7
  • daggerHomecoming
  • The Little Brown Stein trophy for the Montana game debuted eighteen years later in 1938
  • One game was played on Friday (at Moscow against Washington State)
    and one was played on Thursday (against Utah in Boise on Armistice Day)


  1. "Conference to handle east-west games in future; Idaho admitted". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. December 11, 1921.
  2. "Kelley quits as coach of Idaho". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 14. June 9, 1922.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Idaho meets W.S.C. today". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1, sec. 2. October 15, 1920.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Idaho's team was surprise". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 9. October 16, 1920.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "U. of Oregon 13 to Idaho's 7". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho)). October 24, 1920.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Oregon beats Idaho in hard fought game in Hayward stadium". Eugene Daily Guard ((Oregon)): p. 8. October 25, 1920.
  7. "Whitman win? "Hardly a chance" says Borleske". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 13. October 30, 1920.
  8. "'U' warriors off on their fourth and last jaunt of 1920 season". Deseret News ((Salt Lake City, Utah)): p. 4, part 2. November 10, 1920.
  9. "'U' warriors fall before weightier Gem Staters in spectacular game". Deseret News ((Salt Lake City, Utah)): p. 4, part 2. November 12, 1920.
  10. "Idaho humbles Montana Bruins". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. November 21, 1920.
  11. "Gonzaga and Idaho elevens face hard fight Saturday". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 23. November 26, 1920.
  12. "Gonzaga holds Idaho as warm fight opens". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 6. November 27, 1920.
  13. McPhee, R.G. (November 29, 1920). "Gonzaga fights hard but Idaho wins victory". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 19.

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