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1921 Idaho Vandals football
1921 record4–3–1
Head coachThomas Kelley (2nd season)
Home stadiumMacLean Field
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Idaho vs. Camp Lewis; MacLean Field, 1921

The 1921 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1921 college football season. Idaho was led by second-year head coach Thomas Kelley in their last season as an independent before joining the Pacific Coast Conference.[1][2] The Vandals had two home games in Moscow, one on campus at MacLean Field and another at the fairgrounds;[3] they also played one in Boise at Public School Field.

Idaho dropped a seventh consecutive game to Washington State in the Battle of the Palouse, falling 3–20 at Rogers Field in Pullman.[4] Two years later, the Vandals won the first of three consecutive, their only three-peat in the rivalry series.

The Boise game against Wyoming on the third anniversary of Armistice Day was attended by Governor D. W. Davis.[5]

The following June, Kelley left for the University of Missouri.[2][6] and was succeeded at Idaho in 1922 by Robert "Matty" Mathews.


October 8Camp Lewis (Army)W 6–0
October 15vs. Oregon
T 7–7
October 21at Washington StateL 3–20
October 29at UtahL 7–17
November 5Montana
W 35–7
November 11vs. Wyoming
W 31–3
November 19at Gonzaga
W 6–0
November 24at Whitman
L 3–14
  • The Little Brown Stein trophy for the Montana game debuted seventeen years later in 1938
  • Two games were played on Friday (at Washington State in Pullman and against Wyoming in Boise)
    and one was played on Thursday (in Walla Walla against Whitman on Thanksgiving)


  1. "Conference to handle east-west games in future; Idaho admitted". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports. December 11, 1921.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Kelley quits as coach of Idaho". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 14. June 9, 1922.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Oregon at W.S.C.; U. of M. at Idaho". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 14. November 5, 1921.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Cougar eleven claws Idahoans". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 14. October 21, 1921.
  5. "Varsity's attack ruins Wyoming". University Argonaut (Moscow, Idaho): p. 1. November 15, 1921.
  6. "Kelley quits as Idaho coach; will go to U. of Missouri". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 24. June 8, 1922.
  7. "Washington blanks Whitman, 7-0; Idaho wins, California is victor". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports. October 9, 1921.
  8. "Ore.-Idaho". Eugene Daily Guard (Oregon): p. 1. October 15, 1921.
  9. "Oregon, Idaho battle to tie". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports. October 16, 1921.
  10. "Idaho eleven off for Utah". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 23. October 28, 1921.
  11. "Coach Kelly's Idaho gridders prepare to paint Cummings Field silver and gold". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah): p. 2, part 2. October 28, 1921.
  12. "David and Goliath of footballdom furnish grid headliner". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah): p. 4, part 2. October 29, 1921.
  13. Cannon, Jack (October 31, 1921). "Utah collegiate elevens sitting on top of conference heap". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah): p. 2, part 2.
  14. "Idaho smothers Montana Bruins under 35-7 score in rough game". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports. November 6, 1921.
  15. "Idaho swamps Wyoming, 31-3". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 13. November 12, 1921.
  16. "Idaho wins from Gonzaga in snow". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports. November 20, 1921.
  17. "Whitman eleven defeats Idaho". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 23. November 25, 1921.

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