1965 Idaho Vandals Football Team
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1965 Idaho Vandals Football Team

Coordinates: 46°43?34?N 117°01?05?W / 46.726°N 117.018°W / 46.726; -117.018

1965 Idaho Vandals football
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
Big Sky co-champion
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1965 record5-5 (3-1 Big Sky)
Head coachSteve Musseau (1st season)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
← 1964
1966 →
1965 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Weber State + 3 1 0     8 1 0
Idaho + 3 1 0     5 5 0
Montana 2 2 0     4 6 0
Idaho State 1 3 0     3 5 1
Montana State 1 3 0     3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • No Big Sky teams advanced to postseason

The 1965 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1965 NCAA University Division football season. 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 overall and 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 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.[3][4]


September 181:30 pmat Washington*L 9-1454,500
September 251:30 pmSan Jose State*W 17-710,500
October 21:30 pmat Washington State*W 17-1322,600
October 912:30 pmat Utah State*L 19-3013,732
October 1612:30 pmvs. Oregon State*L 14-1613,000
October 2312:30 pmat MontanaW 35-77,100
October 301:30 pmat Oregon*L 14-1715,500
November 612:30 pmat Weber StateL 7-148,029
November 131:30 pmIdaho Statedagger
  • Neale Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho [4]
W 15-712,250
November 201:30 pmMontana State
W 54-03,500




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

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.[17][18]

McDonald was a second-team AP

NFL Draft

Four Vandals were selected in the 1966 NFL Draft, which lasted twenty rounds (305 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
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
  • The first three were futures picks and played in the 1966 season for Idaho.

Four Vandal juniors were selected in the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft, the first common draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (445 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
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


  1. ^ a b Missildine, Harry (October 3, 1965). "Charging Vandals defeat WSU 17-13". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  2. ^ a b "Idaho Vandals crush Cougars' hopes". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. October 3, 1965. p. 2B.
  3. ^ a b "Oregon duo beats Idaho". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 31, 1965. p. 1, sports.
  4. ^ a b "Idaho survives mistakes to defeat Idaho State 15-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 14, 1965. p. 14.
  5. ^ Payne, Bob (September 19, 1965). "Tod Hullin pulls out UW bacon". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  6. ^ "Favored Huskies squeak past battling Vandals 14-9". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 19, 1965. p. 12.
  7. ^ "Idaho Vandals post 17-7 triumph over San Jose". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 26, 1965. p. 17.
  8. ^ Payne, Bob (October 10, 1965). "Idaho beaten by Utah State". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  9. ^ "Field goal difference in OSU win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 17, 1965. p. 2B.
  10. ^ Payne, Bob (October 24, 1965). "'Mighty Ray' sparks rout". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  11. ^ Uhrhammer, Jerry (October 31, 1965). "Oregon finally on winning trail". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1B.
  12. ^ "Underdog Weber upsets injury-hit Idaho Vandals 14-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 7, 1965. p. 12.
  13. ^ "Idaho stuns Montana State with surprising 54-0 win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 21, 1965. p. 1, sports.
  14. ^ "McDonald tops 1,000 yards as Vandals rout Bobcats". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 21, 1965. p. 14.
  15. ^ "WSU versus Idaho: rosters". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). October 1, 1965. p. 15.
  16. ^ "Vandals vs. Cougars". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 2, 1965. p. 9.
  17. ^ a b "7 Vandals selected on All-Big Sky grid teams". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 26, 1966. p. 11.
  18. ^ a b "Otton, Buratto voted all-league". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 27, 1965. p. 2.
  19. ^ "McDonald gets berth on second unit All-America". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 2, 1965. p. 18.
  20. ^ "McDonald honored by AP". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). December 2, 1965. p. 27.

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