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ConferencePacific Coast Conference
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1945 record1–7 (1–5 PCC)
Head coachBabe Brown (1st season)
Assistant coachBen Dobbs
Offensive schemeSingle Wing [1]
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
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1945 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 USC 5 1 0     7 4 0
Washington State 6 2 1     6 2 1
Washington 6 3 0     6 3 0
Oregon State 4 4 0     4 4 1
UCLA 2 3 0     5 4 0
California 2 4 1     4 5 1
Oregon 3 6 0     3 6 0
Idaho 1 5 0     1 7 0
Montana 0 1 0     1 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,[1] Idaho met two nearby teams twice, Washington State and the Farragut Naval Training Station,[2][3] 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,[1] and 0–21 in Pullman four weeks later.[4] Idaho tied the Cougars five years later, but the winless streak continued until 1954.[5]

In the rivalry game with Montana, Idaho won 46–0 in Moscow to retain the Little Brown Stein;[6] it was the third of six straight shutouts in the series, with each side winning three.

At Farragut on November 10, Script error of snow was removed from the field just prior to the game by German prisoners of war.[1]

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.[2][3]


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No Vandals were named to the All-Coast team; halfback Jim Hatch was honorable mention.[1]


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