|1950 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1950 record||3–5–1 (1–1–1 PCC)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1950 Pacific Coast Conference football standings|
|No. 5 California $||5||–||0||–||1||9||–||1||–||1|
|No. 11 Washington||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1950 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1950 college football season. The Vandals were led by fourth-year head coach Dixie Howell 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, the season opener at the new venue.
Led on the field by quarterbacks Max Glaves and Wayne Anderson, Idaho compiled a 3–5–1 overall record and were 1–1–1 in their three PCC games.
The Vandals broke a 21-game losing streak in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, with a 7–7 tie in the mud at Pullman. But the winless streak against the Cougars was up to 24 games, 0–22–2 since taking three straight in 1923–25; Idaho finally won four years later, also in Pullman.
In the rivalry game with Montana at Neale Stadium four weeks earlier, favored Idaho was upset 27–28 and relinquished the Little Brown Stein. This was the last Montana win in the series for a decade; Idaho won the next eight, through 1959.
Idaho hosted Oregon for homecoming on October 14 and defeated the Webfoots for the first time in a quarter century. They also hosted #18 Wyoming, but fell by seven points in a scoreless second half; the Cowboys won all nine games and were ranked twelfth at the end of the regular season, then won the Gator Bowl.
The Vandals made distant non-conference road trips to El Paso, Boston, and Tempe. The East Coast trip was a day game win in historic Fenway Park, while the other two in the Southwest were night losses. (Idaho had played at Fenway ten years earlier, with much different results.)
After the season in December, Howell and his staff were given one-year contract extensions. Three months later, in late March 1951, university president Jesse Buchanan requested and received the resignations of Howell and two assistants, due to "lack of harmony" on the coaching staff. One of those assistants was ends coach Babe Curfman, who was then asked by the administration to be the interim coach during the upcoming spring drills. He made a good impression and was re-hired as head coach in mid-April.
|September 23||1:00 pm||vs. Utah*||W 26–19||12,500|
|September 30||2:00 pm||Montana*||L 27–28||10,000|
|October 7||7:15 pm||at Texas Western*||L 33–43|
|October 14||2:00 pm||Oregon||W 14–0||12,000|
|October 28||2:00 pm||at Washington State||T 7–7||17,000|
|November 4||1:30 pm||No. 18 Wyoming*||L 7–14||9,000|
|November 11||1:30 pm||at Oregon State||L 19–34||8,000|
|November 18||10:30 am||at Boston University*||W 26–19||8,298|
|November 25||7:15 pm||at Arizona State*||L 21–48|
No Vandals were on the All-Coast team; honorable mention were guard Roy Colquitt and fullback King Block.
Three seniors from the 1950 Vandals were selected in the 1951 NFL Draft:
|Bill Fray||T||16th||191||New York Yanks|
|King Block||FB||21st||250||Detroit Lions|
|Jim Chadband||HB||28th||335||New York Yanks|
One junior was selected in the 1952 NFL Draft:
|Glen Christian||HB||9th||105||San Francisco 49ers|
One sophomore was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft:
|Don Ringe||T||26th||303||Chicago Cardinals|