|1954 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1954 record||4–5 (1–2 PCC)|
|Offensive scheme||T formation|
|Captain||Burdette Hess (G)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1954 Pacific Coast Conference football standings|
|No. 2 UCLA $||6||–||0||–||0||9||–||0||–||0|
|No. 17 USC ^||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
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. Three home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with another 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. The four-game winning streak was the program's longest in decades.
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.
After the win in Pullman, Idaho defeated favored Utah in Salt Lake City, then shut out North Dakota in Moscow and BYU in Boise.
A former head coach at Toledo and an assistant at Washington and in the NFL with the Cardinals, Stahley was hired in February, at an annual salary of $9,000. He remained as Idaho's head coach for eight seasons, then continued as athletic director for three more years.
|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||10,000|
|October 9||8:00 pm||at Pacific (CA)*||L 0–13||9,500|
|October 16||7:00 pm||at Arizona*||L 13–25||17,000|
|October 23||2:00 pm||at Washington State||W 10–0||12,000|
|October 30||1:00 pm||at Utah*||W 14–13||14,065|
|November 13||1:30 pm||North Dakota*||W 45–0||6,000|
|November 20||1:00 pm||vs. Brigham Young*||W 7–0||10,000|
No Vandals were on the All-PCC team or the second team. Honorable mention were fullback Wilbur Gary and guard Burdette Hess.
One senior from the 1954 Vandals was selected in the 1955 NFL Draft:
|Burdette Hess||G||15th||178||San Francisco 49ers|
One sophomore was selected in the 1957 NFL Draft:
|Dick Foster||T||11th||129||Washington Redskins|
Four members of the freshman team were selected in the 1958 NFL Draft:
|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|