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1963 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceIndependent
1963 record5–4
Head coachDee Andros (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorSteve Musseau
(2nd season)
Base defense5–2 defense [1]
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
Seasons
← 1962
1964 →
1963 NCAA University Division independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Memphis State         9 0 1
No. 4 Pittsburgh         9 1 0
No. 2 Navy         9 2 0
Syracuse         8 2 0
Utah State         8 2 0
Oregon         8 3 0
Penn State         7 3 0
Army         7 3 0
Air Force         7 4 0
Boston College         6 3 0
Buffalo         5 3 1
Southern Miss         5 3 1
Idaho         5 4 0
Villanova         5 4 0
Oregon State         5 5 0
San Jose State         5 5 0
Xavier         5 4 1
Florida State         4 5 1
Texas Western         4 5 0
Colgate         3 4 1
New Mexico State         3 6 1
Rutgers         3 6 0
Colorado State         3 7 0
Louisville         3 7 0
Miami (FL)         3 7 0
Texas Western         3 7 0
Detroit         2 6 1
Holy Cross         2 6 1
Notre Dame         2 7 0
Pacific (CA)         2 8 0
Houston         2 8 0
Boston University         1 6 1
Dayton         1 7 2
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1963 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1963 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by second-year head coach Dee Andros and were an independent in the NCAA's University Division. Three home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College.

Season

Led on the field by quarterbacks Gary Mires and Mike Monahan,[2] Idaho compiled a 5–4 record for the program's first winning season in a quarter century, since 1938 under head coach Ted Bank.[3][4] The victory over Fresno State was their first opening game win since 1950.[5] All five Vandal wins came in Idaho, played in three different regions of the state.

Although a slight favorite,[6] the Vandals suffered a ninth straight loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, falling 14–10 at Rogers Field in Pullman on November 2. The difference was a fourth quarter Cougar touchdown on a kickoff return.[7][8] The rivalry game with Montana for the Little Brown Stein was not played this year or the next.

This was the first season in which Idaho scheduled ten games, but the finale at Arizona State in Tempe on November 23 was cancelled following the assassination of President Kennedy.[3][4] Although many teams postponed their games for a week, ASU had a game scheduled for November 30 against rival Arizona, so the UI–ASU game was not played.[9]

Idaho was a charter member of the new Big Sky Conference, but did not participate in football until 1965, and was an independent from 1959 through 1964. The only Big Sky opponent on the Vandals' schedule in 1963 was conference champion Idaho State, whom they shut out on the road in Pocatello; the remainder of the opponents were in the University Division.

Senior guard Don Matthews went on to a successful coaching career in the Canadian Football League; he was a head coach for over twenty seasons and won five of nine Grey Cup games.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 211:30 pmFresno StateW 32–88,200
September 281:00 pmvs. Utah
W 10–910,000
October 5at MissouriL 0–2440,000
October 121:30 pmat OregonL 21–4119,200
October 191:30 pmPacific (CA)dagger
  • Neale Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho[13]
W 64–612,000
October 261:30 pmSan Jose State
  • Neale Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho[14]
W 28–128,700
November 21:30 pmat Washington StateL 10–1418,500
November 9(night)at ArizonaL 7–3417,000
November 16at Idaho State
W 14–06,500
November 23(night)at Arizona State Cancelled
  • Final game was cancelled following the assassination of President Kennedy.[3][4]

All-Coast

No Vandals were selected to the All-Coast teams.[16][17][18]

References

  1. Musseau, Steve (August 30, 1963). "Idaho basic defense same – "wild-card" backfield subs". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 22. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4udXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_ugDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7048%2C4648602.
  2. "Cougars vs. Vandals". Spokesman-Review. (probable lineups ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 8. November 2, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mdxXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JOkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7047%2C330914.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Missildine, Harry (November 24, 1963). "Big Six presidents commended for action". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3bZWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GukDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6452%2C2840009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Vandal gridders are happy, but –". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 16. November 25, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=w95YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ePcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4575%2C6056744.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Payne, Bob (September 22, 1963). "Cougs tripped, Vandals surprise". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Gs1YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3-gDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6582%2C2367041.
  6. Missildine, Harry (November 2, 1963). "WSU, Idaho fans await "answer"". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 8. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mdxXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JOkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7047%2C330914.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Missildine, Harry (November 3, 1963). "Long dash defeats Vandals". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mtxXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JOkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6673%2C992656.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Gaskins gallops; WSU boss rides". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)). November 4, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sd5YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ePcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7220%2C565536.
  9. "Vandal gridders are happy, but". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 14. November 25, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=w95YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ePcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4610%2C6237657.
  10. Payne, Bob (September 29, 1963). "Vandals derail late blitz for 10-9 victory over Utah". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Ic1YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3-gDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3534%2C4943018.
  11. "Missouri shuts out Idaho eleven". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 5B. October 6, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-xhWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BeMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6183%2C736797.
  12. Leutzinger, Dick (October 13, 1963). "Renfro leads Oregon to win". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AhlWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BeMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5558%2C1970757.
  13. Payne, Bob (October 20, 1963). "Vandals romp, Cougs submerged". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZWtWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6OgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6362%2C1877277.
  14. Payne, Bob (October 27, 1963). "Vandals (4-2) turn back Spartans". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bGtWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6OgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5716%2C3837695.
  15. Payne, Bob (October 17, 1963). "Idaho wins; Ford leads Cougars". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1rZWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GukDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6677%2C635964.
  16. "All-Coast teams include Cougars". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 12. November 27, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xd5YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ePcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7038%2C6648488.
  17. "Mel Renfro gains berth on 1963 All-Pacific Coast eleven". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 2B. November 27, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WvxVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UuMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6068%2C4900423.
  18. "Huskies, Trojans dominate AP All-Pacific Coast team". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 12. November 27, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4LZWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GukDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6915%2C3853967.

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