|1954 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1954 record||4–5 (1–2 PCC)|
|Head coach||Skip Stahley (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1954 PCC football standings|
|#2 UCLA †||6||–||0||–||0||9||–||0||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1954 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1954 college football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach Skip Stahley and were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one home game in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College.
Idaho compiled a 4–5 overall record and were 1–2 in the PCC. After five losses to open, they won their last four games. Six of the nine games were shutouts, with three wins and three losses.
In the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, the 0–5 Vandals blanked the Cougars 10–0 in Pullman on October 23 for Stahley's first victory as head coach. It was Idaho's first win in the series in 29 years; the next came ten years later in 1964.
The annual game with Montana was not played this year; outside of wartime years (without teams), it was the first break in the rivalry in forty years. Idaho was three games into an eight-game streak over the Grizzlies and retained the Little Brown Stein until 1960.
|September 18||2:00 pm||Oregon||L 0–41||7,000|
|September 25||1:30 pm||at Oregon State||L 0–13||9,000|
|October 2||2:00 pm||San Jose State*||L 7–38|
|October 9||at Pacific (CA)*||L 0–13|
|October 16||7:00 pm||at Arizona*||L 13–25|
|October 23||2:00 pm||at Washington State||W 10–0||12,000|
|October 30||at Utah*||W 14–13||14,065|
|November 13||1:30 pm||North Dakota*||W 45–0|
|November 20||1:00 pm||vs. Brigham Young*||W 7–0||10,000|
|Burdette Hess||G||15th||178||San Francisco 49ers|
|Dick Foster||T||11th||129||Washington Redskins|
|Jerry Kramer||G||4th||39||Green Bay Packers|
|Wayne Walker||C||4th||45||Detroit Lions|
|Larry Aldrich||E||11th||127||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Wade Patterson||E||16th||183||Chicago Cardinals|
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- ""Win made us ball club", says Skip Stahley". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17. October 25, 1954. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GwNYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=n_YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5876%2C6504624.
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- Boni, Bill (October 30, 1954). "Utah 2-TD favorite but Vandals laugh". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 10. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=b2opAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SuYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3108%2C6715656.
- Boni, Bill (October 31, 1954). "Vandals win again; nip Utah". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=cGopAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SuYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1154%2C7353593.
- Boni, Bill (November 14, 1954). "Vandals trounce Dakotans easily". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WawnAAAAIBAJ&sjid=V-YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6077%2C5032226.
- "Lawr's TD wins for Idaho over BYU". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. November 21, 1954. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=nZcnAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WOYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1515%2C2093481.
- Strite, Dick (September 19, 1954). "Webfoots wallop Idaho 41-0". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7v9VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vuIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6828%2C213641.
- Cornacchia, Pete (September 26, 1954). "Beavers bound Vandals 13-0 in PCC opener". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9f9VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vuIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6453%2C1298346.
- "UCLA dominates AP All Coast teams". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 33. December 1, 1954. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=yOVXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ofYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4895%2C218431.
- "Shaw, Larson named to All-Coast; WSC's Washington on second team". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 22. December 2, 1954. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=16EnAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aOYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6544%2C749941.
- "1955 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1955.htm. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
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- "Freshman football: 1954 season". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1955. p. 203. https://issuu.com/uidahodigital/docs/gem1955/206.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1955 University of Idaho yearbook – 1954 football season
- Go Mighty Vandals – 1954 football season
- Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper – 1954 editions