|1962 Idaho Vandals football|
|Defensive coordinator||Steve Musseau (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1962 NCAA University Division independents football records|
|No. 9 Penn State||–||9||–||2||–||0|
|West Texas State||–||9||–||2||–||0|
|New Mexico State||–||4||–||6||–||0|
|San Jose State||–||2||–||8||–||1|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1962 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach Dee Andros and were an independent in the NCAA's University Division. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College.
The Vandals suffered an eighth straight loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, falling 14–22 in the wet snow at Neale Stadium in Moscow in the season finale on November 17. The rivalry game with Montana for the Little Brown Stein was played in Missoula and won by the Grizzlies.
Although Idaho was a charter member of the new Big Sky Conference the following year, it did not participate in football until 1965, and was an independent from 1959 through 1964. Three of the four future Big Sky opponents were on the schedule in 1962: Montana, Montana State, and Idaho State.
This was the last Vandal football season with only nine games scheduled. The following year had ten, but the last was canceled due to the assassination of President Kennedy. Idaho first played a ten-game schedule in 1959, and it resumed in 1964.
Andros, the line coach at Illinois, played and coached under Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. He was named head coach at age 37 in February and took over for Skip Stahley, who stepped down after eight seasons and remained as athletic director. Andros' starting annual salary at Idaho was just under $12,500.
|September 22||2:00 pm||vs. Utah State||L 7–45||8,500|
|September 29||1:30 pm||Idaho State||W 9–6||8,440|
|October 6||12:30 pm||at Montana||L 16–22|
|October 13||7:00 pm||at San Jose State||T 12–12||2,500|
|October 20||1:00 pm||at Montana State||L 15–33||7,400|
|October 27||12:30 pm||at Utah||L 21–25||11,320|
|November 3||7:00 pm||at Arizona||W 14–12||20,000|
|November 10||1:30 pm||Oregon State||L 0–32||9,500|
|November 17||1:30 pm||Washington State||L 14–22||12,000|
- Barackman, Al F. (March 16, 1962). "Andros' slippery arrival reminder of problems ahead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 13.
- "Andros appoints two assistants as he assume duties at Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 13, 1962. p. 8.
- "Washington State tops Idaho 22-14 on late touchdown". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 18, 1962. p. 8.
- "WSU halts Idaho, 22-14". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 18, 1962. p. 4B.
- "Last-minute Vandal rally fails as Montana triumphs". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 7, 1962. p. 9.
- Carter, Jack (February 18, 1962). "Illinois aide Dee Andros named Idaho football coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 8.
- Missildine, Harry (February 18, 1962). "Former Sooner guard new Idaho coach". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1-sports.
- "New Vandal coach". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). (photo). February 19, 1962. p. 11.
- "ISC coaches lodge complaint: Idaho's salaries reported higher". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 21, 1962. p. 10.
- "Utah State whips Vandals 45-7; fumbles hurt Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 23, 1962. p. 8.
- "Idaho, San Jose play to muddy tie". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 14, 1962. p. 10.
- "All-Coast lineups". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. December 4, 1962. p. 17.
- "Trio from Oregon gain All-Coast". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 4, 1962. p. 3B.
- "WSU's Campbell repeats as All-Coast end". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 5, 1962. p. 10.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1963 University of Idaho yearbook – 1962 football season
- Go Mighty Vandals – 1962 football season
- Official game program: Idaho at Utah – October 27, 1962
- Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper – 1962 editions