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