1952 Idaho Vandals football team

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Coordinates: 46°43′34″N 117°01′05″W / 46.726°N 117.018°W / 46.726; -117.018

1952 Idaho Vandals football
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Conference Pacific Coast Conference
1952 record 4–4–1 (1–3 PCC)
Head coach Babe Curfman (2nd season)
Home stadium Neale Stadium
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →
1952 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 USC $ 6 0 0     10 1 0
No. 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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 20 1:00 pm at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA [10] L 14–39   31,912
September 27 1:00 pm vs. Utah* old Bronco StadiumBoise, ID [11][12] T 21–21     9,500
October 4 2:00 pm Oregondagger Neale StadiumMoscow, ID [3][4] L 14–20   11,542
October 11 12:30 pm at Utah State* old Romney StadiumLogan, UT [13][14] W  6–3    
October 18 2:00 pm North Dakota State* Neale Stadium • Moscow, ID [15][16] W 54–9    
October 24 8:00 pm vs. Santa Clara* Kezar StadiumSan Francisco, CA [17][18] L  7–9     5,000
November 1 1:30 pm at Washington State Rogers FieldPullman, WA [5][6] (Battle of the Palouse) L  6–36   14,000
November 8 1:30 pm Montana* Neale Stadium • Moscow, ID [19][20] (Little Brown Stein) W 27–0     4,000
November 15 1:30 pm at Oregon State Bell FieldCorvallis, OR [21][22] W 27–6     8,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Pacific Time.
  • One game was played on Friday (night game vs. Santa Clara in San Francisco)

NFL Draft[edit]

One senior from the 1952 Vandals was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft:[23]

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

One junior was selected in the 1954 NFL Draft:[24]

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

One sophomore was selected in the 1955 NFL Draft:[25]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WSC-Idaho lineups". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 1, 1952. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Pacific Coast Conference standings". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 17, 1952. p. 11. 
  3. ^ a b Strite, Dick (October 5, 1952). "Webfoots defeat Idaho 20-14 for first win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1C. 
  4. ^ a b "Vandals outplay Ducks for 56 minutes before bowing 20-14". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 5, 1952. p. 9. 
  5. ^ a b "Dazzling Cougar air attack stuns fumbling Idaho 36-6". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 2, 1952. p. 10. 
  6. ^ a b "Oregon next for WSC; Vandals crushed 36-6". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). November 3, 1952. p. 19. 
  7. ^ Boni, Bill (November 1, 1952). "WSC favored by 19 points". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 10. 
  8. ^ "Speculation high on outcome of WSC-Idaho tilt". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). October 31, 1952. p. 15. 
  9. ^ Boni, Bill (October 24, 1954). "Idaho thumps WSC, 10-0". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports. 
  10. ^ "Heinrich's aerial magic routs Idaho 39-14". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 21, 1952. p. 8. 
  11. ^ "Vandals, Utah deadlock 21-21". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 28, 1952. p. 2C. 
  12. ^ "Vandals come from behind in last minute to tie Utah". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 28, 1952. p. 9. 
  13. ^ "Victory-hungry Idaho edges Utah State 6-3". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 12, 1952. p. 9. 
  14. ^ Boni, Bill (October 12, 1952). "Utah State quarterback hands Idaho victory". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports. 
  15. ^ "Idaho offensive smears North Dakota State 54-9". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 19, 1952. p. 9. 
  16. ^ Boni, Bill (October 19, 1952). "Vandals go wild in last period, smear Bisons". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports. 
  17. ^ "Field goal gives Santa Clara 9-7 victory margin over Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 25, 1952. p. 3. 
  18. ^ "Broncos trim Vandals with late field goal". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). United Press. October 25, 1952. p. 8. 
  19. ^ Boni, Bill (November 9, 1952). "Idaho's Vandals smother Montana by broad margin". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports. 
  20. ^ "Anderson, Lewis shine as Idaho wallops Montana". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 9, 1952. p. 8. 
  21. ^ "Idaho cracks OSC defense for 27-6 win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 16, 1952. p. 1, sports. 
  22. ^ "Brilliant Idaho second half routs Oregon State 27-6". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 16, 1952. p. 10. 
  23. ^ "1953 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  24. ^ "1954 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  25. ^ "1955 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 

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