1928 Idaho Vandals football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1928 record3–4–1 (2–3 PCC)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
  • Stewart Beam
  • Rich Fox
  • Glenn Jacoby (freshmen)
Home stadiumMacLean Field
Seasons
← 1927
1929 →
1928 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
USC $ 4 0 1 9 0 1
California ^ 3 0 2 6 2 2
Stanford 4 1 1 8 3 1
Oregon 4 2 0 9 2 0
Washington State 4 3 0 7 3 0
Oregon State 2 3 0 6 3 0
Idaho 2 3 0 3 4 1
Washington 2 4 0 7 4 0
UCLA 0 4 0 4 4 1
Montana 0 5 0 4 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative (USC declined)

The 1928 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1928 college football season. The Vandals were led by third-year head coach Charles Erb and were in their seventh season in the Pacific Coast Conference. Home games were played on campus in Moscow at MacLean Field. Idaho compiled a 3–4–1 overall record and went 2–3 in conference games.

In their first year in the conference,[1] UCLA traveled to Moscow in late October and fell, 20–6.[2][3] It was UCLA's only loss in the seven-game series; the teams have not met since 1948. Idaho's only other win over a PCC team from the state of California came in 1947 at Stanford.[4]

The week after the win over UCLA was the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State,[5] and the visiting Cougars inflicted a 26–0 homecoming shutout before 10,000;[6] the teams had tied the previous season in Pullman.[7][8] Prior to the start of the game, the new Memorial Gymnasium was presented to the university;[6] the venue honors state residents who gave their lives in the service of their country in World War I.[9][10][11]

Amid speculation about his future at Idaho,[12] Erb resigned on December 22, four weeks after the season's completion.[13] He was succeeded by Leo Calland, a USC assistant coach and former player for the Trojans.[14][15]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 29Montana State*L 13–15
October 6at Gonzaga*T 6–6
October 13Whitman*
  • MacLean Field
  • Moscow, ID [21]
W 26–13
October 19at StanfordL 0–4719,000
October 27UCLA
W 20–6
November 3Washington Statedagger
L 0–2610,000
November 17at MontanaW 21–7
November 24at USCL 7–2810,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming

References

  1. ^ a b "Idaho to play U.C.L.A. Saturday". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 21, 1928. p. 1, sports.
  2. ^ a b "Tromple Bruins". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 28, 1928. p. 15.
  3. ^ a b "Idaho is victor over U.C.L.A., 20-6". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 28, 1928. p. 1, sports.
  4. ^ "Honest, Mister, Idaho beat Stanford - 19 to 16!". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 28, 1947. p. 8.
  5. ^ a b Russell, Eugene H. (November 3, 1928). "W.S.C. and Idaho teams clash today in annual gridiron game". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 15.
  6. ^ a b c Russell, Eugene H. (November 4, 1928). "Washington State College overwhelms Idaho, 26 to 0, before homecoming crowd of 10,000". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  7. ^ "Battle to 7–7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 12, 1927. p. 12.
  8. ^ "Meeker's dashes hold Idaho team". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). November 12, 1927. p. 12.
  9. ^ "Memorial Gymnasium". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1929. p. 9.
  10. ^ "Idaho U plans memorial gym". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). August 20, 1923. p. 8.
  11. ^ "Memorial gym opening dated". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). June 2, 1928. p. 3.
  12. ^ Phillips, Bob (December 15, 1928). "Idaho is flirting with Mathews again". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 8.
  13. ^ "Vandal vacancy lures coaches". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). December 24, 1928. p. 10.
  14. ^ "Calland named to coach Idaho in Erb's stead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. March 1, 1929. p. 10.
  15. ^ "Calland will have charge of sports". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. March 2, 1929. p. 10.
  16. ^ "Pick first Vandal squad; 21 players". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 29, 1928. p. 14.
  17. ^ "Montana State wins from Vandals 15-13". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 30, 1928. p. 14.
  18. ^ "Battle royal promised Vandal and Bulldog". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). October 5, 1928. p. 20.
  19. ^ "Gonzaga and Idaho clash today in their 15th annual grid game". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 6, 1928. p. 15.
  20. ^ "Idaho held 6-6". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 7, 1928. p. 15.
  21. ^ "Idaho defeats Whitman, 26-13". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 14, 1928. p. 1, sports.
  22. ^ a b "Idaho battles Stanford today". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 19, 1928. p. 17.
  23. ^ "Stanford wins from Idaho, 47-0". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 20, 1928. p. 15.
  24. ^ Waldorf, Stan (October 20, 1928). "Cards display great offense against Idaho". San Jose Evening News. (California). p. 6.
  25. ^ "Late rampage crushes Idaho". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). October 20, 1928. p. 8.
  26. ^ "Three big games hold interest". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 16, 1928. p. 15.
  27. ^ "U.S.C. has best claim to title". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 26, 1928. p. 13.