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ConferencePacific Coast Conference
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1952 record4–4–1 (1–3 PCC)
Head coachBabe Curfman (2nd season)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
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1952 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 USC 6 0 0     10 1 0
#6 UCLA 5 1 0     8 1 0
Washington 6 2 0     7 3 0
California 3 3 0     7 3 0
Washington State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Stanford 2 5 0     5 5 0
Oregon 2 5 0     2 7 1
Idaho 1 3 0     4 4 1
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1952 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1952 college football season. The Vandals were led by second-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.

Led on the field by quarterback Wayne Anderson,[1] Idaho compiled a 4–4–1 overall record and were 1–3 in the PCC.[2]

In the home opener against Oregon on October 4, Idaho outplayed the visitors for 56 minutes, but gave up two late touchdowns and lost by six.[3][4]

The Vandals suffered a second straight loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, falling 36–6 at Rogers Field in Pullman on November 1.[5][6] The previous two editions had been competitive, with a 7–7 tie in 1950 and 9–6 battle in Moscow in 1951.[7][8] The loss prevented the first winning season for Idaho football since 1938. It ran the winless streak against the Cougars to 26 games, a record of 0–24–2 since taking three straight in 192325; the Vandals broke the streak two years later in Pullman.[9]

Idaho regrouped and concluded the season with two convincing wins over Montana at home and Oregon State in Corvallis in the last varsity game played at Bell Field.

Following his playing days, Anderson was a head coach for the Vandals in baseball (1958–66) and basketball (1966–74); he also served as an assistant athletic director.


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  • One game was played on Friday (night game vs. Santa Clara in San Francisco)


No Vandals were on the All-PCC team; honorable mention on defense were end Ray Lewis, tackle Don Ringe, and linebacker Bob Holder.[1][2]

NFL DraftEdit

One senior from the 1952 Vandals was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft:[3]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Don RingeScript errorT 26th 303  Chicago Cardinals 

One junior was selected in the 1954 NFL Draft:[1]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Mel BertrandScript errorC 29th 349 Script errorDetroit LionsScript error

One sophomore was selected in the 1955 NFL Draft:[1]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Burdette HessG 15th 178 San Francisco 49ers


  1. "1955 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 7, 2017.

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