|1958 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1958 record||4–5 (0–3 PCC)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1958 Pacific Coast Conference football standings|
|No. 16 California $||6||–||1||–||0||7||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1958 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1958 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by fifth-year head coach Skip Stahley and were members of the Pacific Coast Conference, which disbanded the following spring. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one home game in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College.
The Vandals suffered a fourth straight loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, blanked 0–8 at home on October 11. In the rivalry game with Montana at Missoula, the Vandals ran their winning streak over the Grizzlies to seven and retained the Little Brown Stein.
Although Jerry Kramer and Wayne Walker began their long careers in the NFL in 1958, the Vandals retained some notable players.
Junior Jim Norton of Fullerton, California was a safety and punter for nine seasons with the Houston Oilers; he was the all-time interceptions leader in the American Football League and his #43 was the first retired by the franchise.
Jim Prestel of Indianapolis was a defensive tackle for eight seasons in the NFL, primarily with the expansion Minnesota Vikings. A redshirt junior, he missed most of the previous season due to his mother's terminal illness. Selected in the sixth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, 70th overall, he was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1959 and began his pro career with the Cleveland Browns in 1960. Prestel was also a standout player on the Vandal basketball team. He played in his final game at Idaho in the Battle of the Palouse in late October with a broken foot, then was sidelined and missed the basketball season.
|September 20||1:30 pm||at Oregon||L 0–27||14,200|
|September 27||11:30 am||at Missouri*||L 10–14||18,000|
|October 4||7:00 pm||at Utah*||W 20–0||16,718|
|October 11||1:30 pm||Washington State||L 0–8||14,000|
|October 18||1:30 pm||Oregon State||L 6–20||8,000|
|October 25||7:00 pm||at Arizona*||W 24–16|
|November 1||12:30 pm||vs. San Jose State*||L 6–41||9,500|
|November 8||1:00 pm||at Montana*||W 14–6||2,500|
|November 15||1:30 pm||at Utah State*||W 34–7||3,600|
Main article: 1958 All-Pacific Coast football team
No Vandals made the All-Coast team, but tackle Pete Johnson was a second team selection. Honorable mention were tackle Jim Prestel, guard Jim Roussos, and back Bob Dehlinger.
One senior was selected in the 1959 NFL Draft:
|Jim Prestel ^||T||6th||70||Cleveland Browns|
^ Prestel was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1959.
Two fifth-year seniors were previously selected in the 1958 NFL Draft:
|Wade Patterson||E||16th||183||Chicago Cardinals|
|Pete Johnson||T||18th||216||Cleveland Browns|
Two juniors were selected in the 1960 NFL Draft:
|Jim Norton||WR||7th||75||Detroit Lions|
|Stan Fanning||T||11th||128||Chicago Bears|