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1950 Idaho Vandals football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1950 record3–5–1 (1–1–1 PCC)
Head coachDixie Howell (4th season)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
Seasons
← 1949
1951 →
1950 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 California 5 0 1     9 1 1
#11 Washington 6 1 0     8 2 0
UCLA 5 2 0     6 3 0
Stanford 2 2 2     5 3 2
Idaho 1 1 1     3 5 1
Washington State 2 3 2     4 3 2
USC 1 3 2     2 5 2
Oregon State 2 5 0     3 6 0
Oregon 0 7 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1950 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1950 college football season. The Vandals were led by fourth-year head coach Dixie Howell and were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one game in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College, the season opener at the new venue.[1]

Led on the field by quarterbacks Max Glaves and Wayne Anderson, Idaho compiled a 3–5–1 overall record and were 1–1–1 in their three PCC games.

The Vandals broke a 21-game losing streak in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, with a 7–7 tie in the mud at Pullman.[2] But the winless streak against the Cougars was up to 24 games, 0–22–2 since taking three straight in 192325; Idaho finally won four years later, also in Pullman.[3]

In the rivalry game with Montana at Neale Stadium four weeks earlier, favored Idaho was upset 27–28 and relinquished the Little Brown Stein.[4] This was the last Montana win in the series for a decade; Idaho won the next eight, through 1959.[5][6]

Idaho hosted Oregon for homecoming on October 14 and defeated the Webfoots for the first time in a quarter century.[7][8][9] They also hosted #18 Wyoming, but fell by seven points in a scoreless second half;[10][11] the Cowboys won all nine games and were ranked twelfth at the end of the regular season,[12] then won the Gator Bowl.[13]

The Vandals made distant non-conference road trips to El Paso, Boston, and Tempe. The East Coast trip was a day game win in historic Fenway Park,[14][15] while the other two in the Southwest were night losses.[16] (Idaho had played at Fenway ten years earlier, with much different results.)[17]

Coaching change

After the season in December, Howell and his staff were given one-year contract extensions.[18][19] Three months later, in late March 1951, university president Jesse Buchanan requested and received the resignations of Howell and two assistants, due to "lack of harmony" on the coaching staff.[20][21] One of those assistants was ends coach Babe Curfman, who was then asked by the administration to be the interim coach during the upcoming spring drills. He made a good impression and was re-hired as head coach in mid-April.[22][23]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 231:00 pmvs. Utah*
W 26–1912,500
September 302:00 pmMontana*L 27–2810,000
October 77:15 pmat Texas Western*L 33–43
October 142:00 pmOregondagger
W 14–012,000
October 282:00 pmat Washington StateT 7–717,000
November 41:30 pmNo. 18 Wyoming*
L 7–149,000
November 111:30 pmat Oregon StateL 19–348,000
November 1810:30 amat Boston University*W 26–198,298
November 257:15 pmat Arizona State*
L 21–48

All-conference

No Vandals were on the All-Coast team; honorable mention were guard Roy Colquitt and fullback King Block.[32]

NFL Draft

Three seniors from the 1950 Vandals were selected in the 1951 NFL Draft:[33]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Bill Fray T 16th 191 New York Yanks
King Block FB 21st 250 Detroit Lions
Jim Chadband  HB 28th 335    New York Yanks   

One junior was selected in the 1952 NFL Draft:[34]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Glen Christian  HB 9th 105 San Francisco 49ers

One sophomore was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft:[35]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Don Ringe        T 26th 303   Chicago Cardinals  

References

  1. "Vandals, Utah conduct final grid workouts". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8. September 23, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hK1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Gi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=2368%2C1891989.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Vandals and Cougars scramble to muddy 7-7 tie". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 10. October 29, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qK1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Gi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1520%2C5100680.
  3. Boni, Bill (October 24, 1954). "Idaho thumps WSC, 10-0". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aWopAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SuYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=986%2C4301393.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Montana edges Idaho 28-27". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8. October 1, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jK1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Gi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1450%2C2571574.
  5. "Vandals edge tough Montana to end victory drouth". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8. November 22, 1959. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JrJeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=3959%2C3270280.
  6. Dillman, Dick (November 22, 1959). "Vandals win, muscular Huskies demolish WSU". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=c2NWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-PEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6408%2C2161619.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Litchman, Art (October 15, 1950). "Oregon smothered by Idahoans 14-0". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 10A. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KSlQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vAsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6864%2C5692525.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Idaho takes 14-0 homecoming victory over Oregon". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 12. October 15, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mq1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Gi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1496%2C3859513.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ashlock, Herb (October 16, 1950). "Idaho-WSC grid clash looms as vital game". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 15. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=V_JXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LPYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3502%2C364287.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Idaho edged by Wyoming". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press ((Oregon)): p. 12A. November 5, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=43MfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8vADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5466%2C1908826.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Game Vandals lose 14-7 to touted Cowboys". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8. November 5, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-IBfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YTAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1732%2C394288.
  12. "Oklahoma is national champion in final grid poll". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17. November 28, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-6gpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6_UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6733%2C4444006.
  13. "Talboom passes to top Generals". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 11. January 2, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0jBWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xuUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6893%2C324244.
  14. "Idaho takes 26-19 win over Boston University". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 10. November 19, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BoFfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YTAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1754%2C1708936.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Siperstein, Izzy (November 19, 1950). "Vandals beat Terriers, 26-19". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YWNWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CPIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4379%2C1771549.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Texas Western whips Idaho 43-33 in wild, free-scoring grid game". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 10. October 8, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=k61eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Gi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=2090%2C3186169.
  17. "Boston swamps Idaho team, 60-0". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. October 19, 1940. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wShWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=B-QDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4762%2C1658367.
  18. "Idaho adds year to Howell's football coaching contract". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 10. December 22, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=J4FfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YTAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4495%2C4772418.
  19. "Howell's pact extended year". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 13. December 22, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bXtWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0-UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6533%2C2642134.
  20. "Idaho football coach, staff get official ouster". Bend Bulletin. United Press ((Oregon)): p. 1. March 27, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=C25YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5011%2C4683981.
  21. "Dixie Howell resigns as Idaho football coach". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 21. March 27, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bOZXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=M_YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7001,5340391.
  22. "Curfman promoted to head coach at U. of Idaho". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 15. April 16, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dfJXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=T_YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6772%2C124939.
  23. "Idaho selects Curfman as coach". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 14. April 17, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=eS5WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2OUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4857,1567426.
  24. "Vandals squeak past Utah 26-19 in gridiron opener". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8. September 24, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ha1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Gi8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1732%2C1972313.
  25. Chipman, Dee (September 24, 1950). "Utes rate cheers despite loss". Deseret News ((Salt Lake City, Utah)): p. C-1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=l6lSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nH8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6163%2C5181197.
  26. "Washington State, Idaho survive openers without serious injuries". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 16. September 25, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uNlYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SvYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6653%2C3514934.
  27. "Idaho defeated by Texas squad". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 17. October 9, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=z-RXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5PUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3738%2C3116303.
  28. "Oregon State tumbles Idaho 34-19". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 10. November 12, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_4BfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YTAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1513%2C1092419.
  29. "Beavers snare first PCC victory - stop Idaho 34-19". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press ((Oregon)): p. 10. November 12, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qJsVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vQsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7018%2C3104519.
  30. "48-21 loss to Arizona State ends Idaho grid season". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8. November 26, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=DYFfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YTAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2073%2C2294827.
  31. "White top star in Idaho defeat". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 17. November 27, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-qgpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6_UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6340%2C4088984.
  32. "Huskies place three players on U.P. lineup". Spokane Daily Chronicle. United Press ((Washington)): p. 17. November 27, 1950. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-qgpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6_UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6507%2C4086206.
  33. "1951 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1951.htm. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  34. "1952 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1952.htm. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  35. "1953 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1953.htm. Retrieved November 7, 2017.

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