|1945 [[Script error]]|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1945 record||1–7 (1–5 PCC)|
|Head coach||Babe Brown (1st season)|
|Assistant coach||Ben Dobbs|
|Offensive scheme||Single Wing |
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1945 PCC football standings|
|#11 USC †||5||–||1||–||0||7||–||4||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1945 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1945 college football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach James "Babe" Brown and were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with none held in Boise this season.
Idaho was 1–7 overall and won one of their six PCC games. The football program returned after missing the previous two seasons, due to World War II manpower shortages. Composed mostly of freshmen, Idaho met two nearby teams twice, Washington State and the Farragut Naval Training Station, their sole non-conference opponent. The Vandals did not venture outside of the Northwest; the longest road trip was to play Oregon in Eugene.
The losing streak in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State reached seventeen games, falling 12–43 in the opener at Moscow, and 0–21 in Pullman four weeks later. Idaho tied the Cougars five years later, but the winless streak continued until 1954.
Alumnus Brown ran the downsized UI athletic department during the war and coached the basketball team for four seasons (1942–46). Due to the death of Francis Schmidt in September 1944, Brown was the interim football coach in 1945; he was named head coach in March 1946, but resigned eight months later.
No Vandals were named to the All-Coast team; halfback Jim Hatch was honorable mention.
- ↑ "Name Lipincott Giske to Coast all-star eleven". Spokane Daily Chronicle. United Press ((Washington)): p. 14. November 29, 1945. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4NpXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kPUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7019%2C5709994.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1946 University of Idaho yearbook – 1945 football season
- Go Mighty Vandals – 1945 football season
- Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper – 1945 editions