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1923 Idaho Vandals football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1923 record5–2–1 (2–2–1 PCC)
Head coachRobert L. Mathews (2nd season)
Home stadiumMacLean Field
Seasons
← 1922
1924 →
1923 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
California 5 0 0     9 0 1
Washington 4 1 0     10 1 1
Idaho 2 2 1     5 2 1
Stanford 2 2 0     7 2 0
USC 2 2 0     6 2 0
Washington State 1 3 1     2 4 1
Oregon State 1 3 1     4 5 2
Oregon 0 4 1     3 4 1
† – Conference champion

The 1923 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1923 college football season, and were led by second-year head coach Robert "Matty" Mathews. It was Idaho's second year in the Pacific Coast Conference and they were 5–2–1 overall and 2–2–1 in conference.

Home games were played on campus in Moscow at MacLean Field, with one in Boise at Public School Field.[1]

Idaho opened the season with two convincing non-conference victories,[2] then shut out neighbor Washington State 14–0 in the Battle of the Palouse across the border at Rogers Field in Pullman, breaking an eight-game losing streak in the series.[3][4] It was the first of three consecutive wins over the Cougars in the rivalry. The Vandals did not break the winless streak against Oregon, but battled to a scoreless tie at Hayward Field in Eugene.[5] Idaho remained undefeated after six games, all shutouts,[6] but lost the final two on the road in California.[7][8]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 6College of Idaho*W 83–0
October 12Montana*
W 40–0
October 19at Washington StateW 14–0
October 27at OregonT 0–0
November 3Gonzaga*
  • MacLean Field
  • Moscow, ID [11]
W 13–0
November 10Oregon AgriculturalW 7–0
November 17at StanfordL 7–17
November 24at USCL 0–9
  • *Non-conference game
  • The Little Brown Stein trophy for the Montana game debuted fifteen years later in 1938
  • Two games were played on Friday (Montana in Moscow and Washington State in Pullman)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Idaho and Oregon tangle at Boise". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 9. November 10, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xr1XAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bPQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5007%2C1812116.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Idaho begins strong play". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 9. October 7, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XHZfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1316%2C2555897.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Idaho conquers". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 10. October 20, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=X3ZfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=3238%2C3421169.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Idaho eleven bumps Cougars". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 10. October 20, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=88hXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cvQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6548%2C3629464.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "To a standstill". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 5. October 28, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YXZfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1287%2C3978858.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Idaho goal line still uncrossed". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 14. November 12, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x71XAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bPQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4139%2C1999850.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Stanford hands defeat to Idaho". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 16. November 19, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=zb1XAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bPQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3290%2C3216193.
  8. "Idaho loses hard battle to U.S.C.". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)). November 25, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qe5VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=w-EDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4872%2C309274.
  9. "Idaho should trim Montana". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 19. October 11, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=68hXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cvQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5210%2C1933451.
  10. "Idaho Vandals in Eugene to battle Oregon U.". Eugene Daily Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1. October 26, 1923. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HSwgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5_ADAAAAIBAJ&pg=4686%2C2578616.
  11. Crosby, Larry (November 3, 1923). "Vandals break up Gonzaga passes". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 11. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wL1XAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bPQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6615%2C566424.

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