|1965 Idaho Vandals football|
Big Sky co-champion
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1965 record||5–5 (3–1 Big Sky)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1965 Big Sky Conference football standings|
|Weber State +||3||–||1||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
The 1965 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1965 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach Steve Musseau and played in the Big Sky Conference for the first time; they played the previous six seasons as an independent in the NCAA University Division. 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.
Led on the field by quarterback John Foruria and fullback Ray McDonald, both juniors, the Vandals were 5–5 overall and 3–1 in conference play. Idaho won the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State for the second straight year, this time by a score of 17–13 at Rogers Field in Pullman. It was the first time Idaho logged consecutive wins over the Cougars in forty years. The Vandals lost close games to the other three Northwest teams of the AAWU (Pac-8).
The other two quarterbacks were Jerry Ahlin and Joe Rodriguez, who both started games in 1965.
|September 18||1:30 pm||at Washington*||L 9–14||54,500|
|September 25||1:30 pm||San Jose State*||W 17–7||10,500|
|October 2||1:30 pm||at Washington State*||W 17–13||22,600|
|October 9||12:30 pm||at Utah State*||L 19–30||13,732|
|October 16||12:30 pm||vs. Oregon State*||L 14–16||13,000|
|October 23||12:30 pm||at Montana||W 35–7||7,100|
|October 30||1:30 pm||at Oregon*||L 14–17||15,500|
|November 6||12:30 pm||at Weber State||L 7–14||8,029|
|November 13||1:30 pm||Idaho State||W 15–7||12,250|
|November 20||1:30 pm||Montana State||W 54–0||3,500|
|1965 Idaho Vandals football team roster|
Seven Vandals were selected to the all-conference team: fullback Ray McDonald, guard Dave Triplett, center Steve Buratto, defensive end Tom Stephens, defensive tackle Dick Arndt, linebacker Jerry Campbell, and defensive back Bill Scott.
On the second team were tackle Joe Dobson, guard Steve Ulrich, running back Tim Lavens, defensive end Ray Miller, middle guard John Boisen, linebacker LaVerle Pratt, and defensive back Jerry Ahlin. Honorable mention were defensive tackle John Daniel, defensive back Byron Strickland, tight end John Whitney, wide receivers Joe Chapman and Rich Toney, and tackle Gary Fitzpatrick.
McDonald was a second-team AP All-American.
Four Vandals were selected in the 1966 NFL Draft, which lasted twenty rounds (305 selections).
|Dick Arndt||T||5th||77||Los Angeles Rams|
|Ray Miller||DE||7th||108||Green Bay Packers|
|LaVerle Pratt||LB||14th||210||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Joe Dobson||T||15th||218||Pittsburgh Steelers|
Four Vandal juniors were selected in the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft, the first common draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (445 selections).
|Ray McDonald||RB||1st||13||Washington Redskins|
|Ron Porter||LB||5th||126||Baltimore Colts|
|John Foruria||QB||8th||192||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Tim Lavens||TE||9th||212||New Orleans Saints|