|1959 Idaho Vandals football|
|Head coach||Skip Stahley (6th season)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1959 NCAA University Division independents football records|
|No. 1 Syracuse||–||11||–||0||–||0|
|No. 12 Penn State||–||9||–||2||–||0|
|No. 20 Pittsburgh||–||6||–||4||–||0|
|No. 17 Notre Dame||–||5||–||5||–||0|
|San Jose State||–||4||–||6||–||0|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1959 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1959 NCAA University Division football season. Led by sixth-year head coach Skip Stahley, the Vandals were an independent in the NCAA's University Division and had a 1–9 record. Two home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College.
The Pacific Coast Conference disbanded in the spring, and Idaho was an independent in football for the next six seasons. They played ten games for the first time; the first six were on the road, and two games were played at night (at Arizona and Pacific).
The Vandals suffered a fifth straight loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State; Idaho led at halftime, but fell 5–27 at Rogers Field in Pullman. In the rivalry game with Montana at Neale Stadium, the Vandals narrowly retained the Little Brown Stein in the finale to avoid going winless.
|September 19||12:30 pm||at Utah State||L 0–14||3,231|
|September 26||2:00 pm||at Washington||L 0–23||24,476|
|October 3||7:00 pm||at Arizona||L 14–16|
|October 10||12:30 pm||at Air Force||L 0–21||17,393|
|October 17||1:30 pm||at Oregon State||L 18–66||10,628|
|October 24||1:30 pm||at Washington State||L 5–27||19,200|
|October 31||1:30 pm||Oregon||L 7–45||7,000|
|November 7||12:30 pm||vs. Utah||L 13–47||8,500|
|November 14||8:00 pm||at Pacific (CA)||L 13–28|
|November 21||1:00 pm||Montana||W 9–6||4,000|
|Jim Norton||WR||7th||75||Detroit Lions|
|Stan Fanning||T||11th||128||Chicago Bears|
|Jim Prestel||T||6th||70||Cleveland Browns|
- "WSU's second half thrusts bury plucky Vandals 27-5". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 25, 1959. p. 10.
- Missildine, Harry (October 25, 1959). "Cougars beat Idaho with big second half". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
- "Vandals edge tough Montana to end victory drouth". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 22, 1959. p. 8.
- Dillman, Dick (November 22, 1959). "Vandals win, muscular Huskies demolish WSU". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
- "Stahley new Idaho "A.D." in addition to grid post". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). March 22, 1960. p. 13.
- "Stahley assumes dual role at Idaho as Gibb departs". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. July 2, 1960. p. 2.
- "Air Force strafes Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 11, 1959. p. 9.
- "Utes crush Vandals with late outburst". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 8, 1959. p. 2.
- "1959 AP All-Coast". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 25, 1959. p. 28.
- "Lincoln is named to All-Coast team". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 25, 1959. p. 12.
- "Keith Lincoln named to All-Coast eleven". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 25, 1959. p. 8.
- "8 PNW gridders chosen by pros". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. December 1, 1959. p. 15.
- "1960 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "1959 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1960 University of Idaho yearbook – 1959 football season
- Go Mighty Vandals – 1959 football season
- Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper – 1959 editions