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1951 Idaho Vandals football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1951 record2–7 (0–3 PCC)
Head coachBabe Curfman (1st season)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
Seasons
← 1950
1952 →
1951 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Stanford 6 1 0     9 2 0
#17 UCLA 4 1 1     5 3 1
#12 California 5 2 0     8 2 0
USC 4 2 0     7 3 0
#18 Washington State 4 3 0     7 3 0
Oregon State 3 5 0     4 6 0
Washington 1 5 1     3 6 1
Oregon 1 6 0     2 8 0
Idaho 0 3 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1951 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1951 college football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach Raymond "Babe" Curfman 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 and another at Memorial Stadium in Spokane, Washington.

Led on the field by quarterback Wayne Anderson and halfback Glen Christian,[1] Idaho compiled a 2–7 overall record and lost all three games in the PCC.

The Vandals suffered a close loss in the Battle of the Palouse with heavily favored neighbor Washington State,[2][3] falling 6–9 at Neale Stadium on November 10.[4][5] The previous edition was also competitive, with a 7–7 tie in 1950 in Pullman,[6] but the winless streak against the Cougars was up to 25 games, a record of 0–23–2 since taking three straight in 192325; Idaho finally won three years later in Pullman.[7]

In the rivalry game with Montana at Missoula four weeks earlier, Idaho began an eight-game winning streak over the Grizzlies with a 12–9 win to regain the Little Brown Stein.[8][9]

Prior to the season in late March, university president Jesse Buchanan requested and received the resignations of head coach Dixie Howell and two assistants, due to "lack of harmony" on the coaching staff.[10][11] One of those assistants was 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.[12][13]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 2212:30 pmat Wyoming*L 0–2812,000
September 291:00 pmvs. San Francisco*L 7–2810,000
October 62:00 pmvs. Oregon StateL 6–348,500
October 131:00 pmat Montana*W 12–99,000
October 202:00 pmSan Jose StateW 40–76,500
November 31:30 pmat OregonL 13–148,100
November 101:30 pmWashington Statedagger
L 6–914,000
November 177:00 pmat Arizona*L 6–1316,000
November 2212:00 pmat Utah*L 19–4011,934

All-conferenceEdit

No Vandals were on the All-Coast team; tackle Don Ringe was named to the second team. Honorable mention were end Jerry Ogle and guard Steve Douglas.[28][29]

NFL DraftEdit

One senior from the 1951 Vandals was selected in the 1952 NFL Draft:[30]

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

One junior was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft:[31]

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

One sophomore was selected in the 1954 NFL Draft:[32]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Mel Bertrand   C 29th 349        Detroit Lions       

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Probable starting lineups". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 11. October 6, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=q10VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5uUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3228%2C1907726.
  2. "Idaho, WSC renew grid rivalry today". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 3. November 10, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7axeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-S4MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1346%2C791170.
  3. "Battle of the Palouse set today at Moscow; Cougars favored". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 8. November 11, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0lopAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3-UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7271%2C3687220.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Boren, Charlie (November 11, 1951). "Spirited Vandals hold powerful Cougars to 9-6 win". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 8. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7qxeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-S4MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1812%2C873301.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Idaho slows but cannot stop WSC, and Cougars win, 9 to 6". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports. November 11, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=01opAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3-UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4409%2C4280048.
  6. "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.
  7. 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.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Vandals outlast Montana 12-9 for season's first win". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 11. November 10, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XK1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=By8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1625%2C3677092.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Vandals edge Grizzlies in Stein tilt". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah): p. C-1. October 14, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BsIoAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NE4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4016%2C2777421.
  10. "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.
  11. "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.
  12. "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.
  13. "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.
  14. "Cowboys stampede Idaho 28-0". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 8. September 23, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R61eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=By8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1730%2C1847187.
  15. "Geldein ruins Idaho, Cowboys triumph 28-0". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press (Oregon): p. 14. September 23, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=h5IxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wwsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6754%2C3359257.
  16. "San Francisco rolls over Vandals 28-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 8. September 30, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Tq1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=By8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1480%2C2517107.
  17. "San Francisco trims Idaho Vandals, 28-7". Deseret News. United Press (Salt Lake City, Utah): p. 2C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=djIpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_00DAAAAIBAJ&pg=5797%2C6113175.
  18. "Beavers bop Idaho 34-6". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press (Oregon): p. 13. October 7, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kZIxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wwsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5790%2C5299468.
  19. Boren, Charlie (October 21, 1951). "Idaho tramples San Jose 40-7 with 27-point last quarter". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 11. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Y61eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=By8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1647%2C4244126.
  20. "Idaho whacks San Jose, 40 to 7, for second straight grid win". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington): p. 1, sports. October 21, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BJwpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4eUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6298%2C2477751.
  21. Strite, Dick (November 4, 1951). "Oregon posts second triumph 14-13". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon): p. 13. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MDBQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uwsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6250%2C2473336.
  22. "Oregon upsets Idaho 14-13". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 8. November 4, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=56xeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-S4MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1592%2C296326.
  23. "Idaho favored over Arizona in first clash". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho): p. 8. November 17, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9KxeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-S4MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1444%2C1410965.
  24. "Arizona sinks Vandals 13-6". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 8. November 18, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9axeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-S4MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1851%2C1475958.
  25. Miller, Hack (November 23, 1951). "Utes have gay day; trip Idaho 40-19". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah)): p. 10A. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R1NPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kE4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4348%2C4887292.
  26. "Redskins scalp Idaho 40-19". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 11. November 23, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-qxeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-S4MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1379%2C1897586.
  27. "Vandals beaten by Utah eleven on long drives". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press (Washington): p. 6. November 23, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GidYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QPYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6762%2C5193708.
  28. "Pair of Cougars named all-stars". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 25. December 5, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7eVXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SPYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6507%2C1280011.
  29. "Indians dominate AP All-Coast team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 2. December 5, 1951. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Bq1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-S4MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1577%2C2872748.
  30. "1952 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1952.htm. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  31. "1953 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1953.htm. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  32. "1954 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1954.htm. Retrieved November 7, 2017.

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