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ConferencePacific Coast Conference
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1953 record1–8 (0–3 PCC)
Head coachBabe Curfman (3rd season)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
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1953 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 UCLA 6 1 0     8 2 0
#19 Stanford 5 1 1     6 3 1
USC 4 2 1     6 3 1
California 2 2 2     4 4 2
Washington State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Oregon State 3 5 0     3 6 0
Washington 2 4 1     3 6 1
Oregon 2 5 1     4 5 1
Idaho 0 3 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1953 college football season. The Vandals were led by third-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 two games in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College.

Led on the field by quarterback George Eidam, Idaho compiled a 1–8 record and were winless in their three PCC games.

The Vandals suffered another loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, falling 13–30 at Neale Stadium on October 17.[1][2] It ran the winless streak against the Cougars to 27 games, a record of 0–25–2 since taking three straight in 192325; the Vandals broke the streak the next year in Pullman under new head coach Skip Stahley.[3]

In the rivalry game with Montana at Missoula two weeks earlier, the Vandals ran their winning streak over the Grizzlies to three and retained the Little Brown Stein.[4] Idaho scored twenty unanswered points to win 20–12,[5] in their sole victory of the season.[6][7][8]

Head coach Curfman made headlines in 1953 as his overmatched Vandals struggled in conference play in the PCC,[9] and was under fire from alumni and boosters after a disappointing season.[6][7][8] Following his resignation in December,[10][11][12] he was hired as the business manager for the Spokane Indians minor league baseball team in January 1954.[13]


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  • One game was played on Friday (opener, night game at San Jose State)


No Vandals were on the All-PCC team; fullback Flip Kleffner was named to the second team and center Mel Bertrand was honorable mention.[1][2][3]

NFL DraftEdit

One senior from the 1953 Vandals was selected in the 1954 NFL Draft:[4]

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

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

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


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