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First contestedOctober 15, 1910 [1][2]
Idaho, 46–6
Number of meetings28
Most recent meetingOctober 10, 1941
Idaho, 21–7
Next meetingdiscontinued
All-time seriesIdaho leads .607
Largest victory51 points, 1913
Longest win streak4, Idaho
Gonzaga–Idaho football rivalry is located in Washington (state)
Idaho
Idaho
Gonzaga
Gonzaga
Locations in Washington and Idaho

The Gonzaga–Idaho rivalry was the football game between Gonzaga University and the University of Idaho. The respective campuses, in Spokane, Washington, and Moscow, Idaho, are approximately ninety miles (145 km) apart.

The football teams met 28 times from 1910 to 1941 and Idaho held a slight advantage at .607. For the last twenty meetings, from 1921 on, the rivalry was exactly even at .500, and the final ten were split at five wins each. They did not meet in 1912, 1917, or 1926, and Idaho did not have a varsity team in 1918.[3] Idaho joined the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) in 1922, while Gonzaga remained independent.

Gonzaga's dominating wins in 1939 and 1940, both shutouts, were led by halfback Tony Canadeo,[4][5] a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With Canadeo in the NFL, Idaho rebounded in 1941 to win 21–7 in Spokane in what was the final game in the series.[6][7][8]

During World War II, Gonzaga did not field a team after 1941,[9][10] while Idaho played in 1942 and went on hiatus in September 1943.[11][12] After the war, Idaho resumed football for the 1945 season, but Gonzaga opted not to, as its program had been in financial difficulty before the war.[13][14][15]

Game results

Gonzaga victoriesIdaho victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1910 Moscow, ID Idaho 46–6
2 1911 Moscow, ID Idaho 22–0
3 1913 Spokane, WA Idaho 54–3
4 1914 Moscow, ID Idaho 5–3
5 1915 Spokane, WA Idaho 6–3
6 1916 Moscow, ID Gonzaga 21–6
7 1919 Spokane, WA Idaho 13–7
8 1920 Spokane, WA Idaho 10–7
9 1921 Spokane, WA Idaho 6–0
10 1922 Spokane, WA Gonzaga 14–7
11 1923 Moscow, ID Idaho 23–0
12 1924 Spokane, WA Tie0–0
13 1925 Spokane, WA Gonzaga 12–3
14 1927 Spokane, WA Gonzaga 13–0
15 1928 Spokane, WA Tie6–6
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
16 1929 Moscow, ID Gonzaga 20–14
17 1930 Spokane, WA Idaho 26–0
18 1931 Moscow, ID Idaho 7–6
19 1939 Spokane, WA Gonzaga 20–7
20 1933 Spokane, WA Idaho 20–12
21 1934 Moscow, ID Gonzaga 24–20
22 1934 Spokane, WA Gonzaga 7–6
23 1936 Spokane, WA Idaho 18–0
24 1937 Spokane, WA Idaho 6–0
25 1938 Moscow, ID Idaho 26–12
26 1939 Spokane, WA Gonzaga 19–0
27 1940 Moscow, ID Gonzaga 25–0
28 1941 Spokane, WA Idaho 21–7
Series: Idaho leads 16–10–2
Source:[16]
  • The only one to serve as head coach for both programs was Matty Mathews,
    who was 1–2–1 while with Idaho (1922–1925), and won during his only season with Gonzaga in 1929.
  • Idaho's 1918 team was non-varsity, composed of Student Army Training Corps (SATC) players.[17]
    After the Armistice ended World War I on November 11, they played a limited schedule; the first two games were against Gonzaga.[18]
    The opener in Moscow on November 16 was a 13–7 Idaho win,[19] and the next week in Spokane was a 7–7 tie.[20]

Coaching records

From 1919 through 1941; Idaho .545

Gonzaga

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
William Higgins Gonzaga 1 1919 0 1 0 .000
Gus Dorais Gonzaga 5 1920–1924 1 3 1 .300
Clipper Smith Gonzaga 4 1925–1928 2 0 1 .833
Matty Mathews Gonzaga 1 1929 1 0 0 1.000 
Ray Flaherty Gonzaga 1 1930 0 1 0 .000
Mike Pecarovich Gonzaga 8 1931–1938 3 5 0 .375
Puggy Hunton  Gonzaga  3 1939–1941 2 1 0 .667

Idaho

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Ralph Hutchinson Idaho 1 1919 1 0 0 1.000 
Thomas Kelley Idaho 2 1920–1921 2 0 0 1.000 
Matty Mathews Idaho 4 1922–1925 1 2 1 .375
Charles Erb Idaho 2 1926–1928 0 1 1 .250
Leo Calland Idaho 6 1929–1934 3 3 0 .500
Ted Bank Idaho 6 1935–1940 3 3 0 .500
Francis Schmidt Idaho 1 1941–1942 1 0 0 1.000 

Other sports

Men's basketball

Idaho holds the overall lead at .522,[21] but Gonzaga has won the last nine, most recently 80–46 in November 2008 at home in the McCarthey Center. The score at halftime was 47–11 and it was the third consecutive non-competitive game in the series.[22]

Prior to both teams joining the new Big Sky Conference as charter members in 1963, Idaho had a large lead in the series at .724. As conference foes, they met two or three times per season and Gonzaga led at .629, plus two wins in tournaments. After sixteen years in the Big Sky, Gonzaga left for the WCAC in the summer of 1979, but the rivalry continued as an annual game (and occasionally biannual). In the next fifteen games through 1990, Idaho went 10–5, but Gonzaga has since dominated at .875. The last seven games in the series have been played on the Gonzaga campus; the last in Idaho was in early 2000.[23] The Vandals' most recent win was 25 years ago in January 1998 at home,[24] and they last won in Spokane in December 1989.[21][25]

Game results

Since December 1979, Gonzaga leads .613, all non-league

Gonzaga victoriesIdaho victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 21 Dec 1979 Moscow Idaho 50–49
2   6 Dec 1980 Spokane Idaho 73–69
3   2 Jan 1982 Moscow Idaho 65–57
4   8 Jan 1983 Spokane Idaho 54–51
5   7 Jan 1984 Moscow Gonzaga 59–52
6   2 Jan 1985 Spokane Gonzaga 56–54
7 14 Dec 1985 Spokane Gonzaga 72–61
8   4 Jan 1986 Moscow Idaho 61–60
9   5 Dec 1986 Moscow Idaho 62–55
10 27 Nov 1987 Spokane^ Idaho 64–60
11 22 Dec 1987 Spokane Gonzaga 77–57
12 26 Nov 1988 Spokane^ Idaho 80–72OT
13   3 Dec 1988 Moscow Gonzaga 66–63
14   5 Dec 1989 Spokane Idaho 67–47
15   4 Dec 1990 Moscow Idaho 70–66
16 22 Dec 1991 Spokane Gonzaga 80–62
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
17 21 Dec 1992 Moscow Idaho 82–64
18 21 Dec 1993 Spokane Gonzaga 76–69
19   6 Dec 1994 Moscow Gonzaga 64–58
20   3 Jan 1995 Spokane Gonzaga 75–55
21   6 Dec 1997 Spokane Gonzaga 76–60
22   5 Jan 1998 Moscow Idaho 71–64
23 22 Dec 1998 Spokane Gonzaga 94–55
24   4 Jan 2000 Moscow Gonzaga 60–49
25 25 Nov 2000 Spokane Gonzaga 92–42
26 21 Nov 2003 Spokane Gonzaga 84–63
27 24 Nov 2004 Spokane Gonzaga 88–74
28 18 Nov 2005 Spokane Gonzaga 69–60
29 26 Nov 2006 Spokane Gonzaga 76–51
30 13 Nov 2007 Spokane Gonzaga 80–43
31 18 Nov 2008 Spokane Gonzaga 80–46
Series: Gonzaga leads 19–12
^ Two games were played at the Spokane Coliseum (Nov 1987, Nov 1988), both won by Idaho
Source:[21]

Baseball

In the eleven seasons of baseball in the Big Sky (1964–74), Idaho and Gonzaga each won four league titles. The Vandals were champions in 1964, 1966, 1967, and 1969, while Gonzaga won in 1965, 1971, 1973, and 1974.

Baseball was one of five sports that the Big Sky stopped sponsoring in 1974,[26][27] so both moved to the new Nor-Pac in 1975,[28][29] and continued as conference foes until Idaho dropped its program in May 1980.[30] The last eleven seasons of the baseball rivalry (1970–80) saw the Bulldogs dominate at .868.[31]

See also

References

  1. "Gonzaga scores on Idaho's team". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sporting. October 16, 1910. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-6JVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YccDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5318%2C4417392.
  2. "Moscow rooters happy over score". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 13. October 17, 1910. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ebpXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CfQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4173%2C2005531.
  3. "1918 football season". 1920 Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. Spring 1919. p. 116. https://issuu.com/uidahodigital/docs/gem1920/128.
  4. "Bulldogs take Vandals 19-0". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8. October 14, 1939. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=F5BfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vDAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3394%2C1013186.
  5. "Scoreless Idaho faces tough foe". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 12. October 14, 1940. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4uFXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Q_UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7172%2C3356191.
  6. "W.S.C. fullback outlook better; Idaho, Gonzaga primed". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 11. October 10, 1941. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=giNZAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VPUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6973%2C2502923.
  7. Stark, Charles R., Jr. (October 11, 1941). "Idaho outplays Gonzaga before 8000 fans and wins football game". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 9. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-24pAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GuQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6884%2C3250857.
  8. Ashlock, Herb. "Schmidt's improving Idaho eleven defeats Gonzaga, 21-7". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 9. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=gyNZAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VPUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7156%2C2648396.
  9. "Gonzaga cancels its intercollegiate football program". Spokane Daily Chronicle: p. 11. April 7, 1942. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-9ZXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UfUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6961%2C1575169.
  10. "Unofficial word says Hunton will be dismissed at Gonzaga". Spokane Daily Chronicle: p. 17. April 8, 1942. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_NZXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UfUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6718%2C1890466.
  11. "Idaho, Washington State, and O.S.C. withdraw from Northern Division football loop". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8. September 24, 1943. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hLJeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wS8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=1485%2C5122152.
  12. Ashlock, Herb (September 24, 1943). "Hollingbery to stay "at present salary," but Schmidt's status not revealed". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 9. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=tdhXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cPUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4967%2C4875930.
  13. "Gonzaga might drop football". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 6. October 23, 1939. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=T2khAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jYQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4307%2C2458856.
  14. Ashlock, Herb (October 23, 1939). "Financial problem may force Gonzaga University to drop collegiate football program". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 11. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=K-BXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OPUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7059%2C5271584.
  15. "Gonzaga looks for supporters". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington)): p. 14. October 24, 1939. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=eVkpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6uMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4523%2C2791344.
  16. "Gonzaga-Idaho football record is a long one". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 1. October 8, 1932. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fQg0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=A_UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4445%2C1615925.
  17. "Football: 1918 season". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. Spring 1919. p. 117. https://issuu.com/uidahodigital/docs/gem1920/128.
  18. "Gonzaga University will play Idaho behind closed gates today". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 13. November 16, 1918. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=m-NVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iOADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6420%2C893203.
  19. "Idaho "U: defeats Gonzaga, 13 to 7". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, part 3. November 17, 1918. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=nONVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iOADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5139%2C1091123.
  20. "Gridiron season opened with Gonzaga and Idaho in 7-7 tie". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, part 3. November 24, 1918. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=o-NVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iOADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5645%2C2076765.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "2017-18 Men's basketball, All-time series (Idaho)". Gonzaga University Athletics. 2017. p. 92. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2017-18/misc_non_event/1718MBBRecordBook.pdf. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  22. Geranios, Nicholas K. (November 19, 2008). "No. 9 Gonzaga pounds Idaho". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press ((Idaho-Washington)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=0KZCP5UExFUC&dat=20081119&printsec=frontpage&hl=en.
  23. Meehan, Jim (January 5, 2000). "Ailing Zags work over Idaho". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=U49XAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LPIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6616%2C3408612.
  24. Baney, Matt (January 6, 1998). "Idaho avenges earlier setback". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YbReAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BDAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4252%2C1369537.
  25. Blanchette, John (December 6, 1989). "Idaho pressure puts the squeeze on Zags, 67-47". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=H2BWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UPADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5440%2C4111833.
  26. "Idaho off probation, loop titles dwindle". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 13. May 5, 1974. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=i71eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ETEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3841%2C3623260.
  27. "Baseball axed in Big Sky". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 15. May 29, 1974. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mb1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ETEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6196%2C7355762.
  28. "Idaho, Gonzaga join new baseball circuit". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 16. June 24, 1974. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=W6hYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1720%2C2447355.
  29. "Portland State, Portland to play in baseball league". The Bulletin. Associated Press ((Bend, Oregon)): p. 12. June 24, 1974. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KqdYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8fcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3572%2C900585.
  30. "Baseball's 'out' at Idaho". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 19. May 13, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=CFZOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Re4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=5702,6845869&.
  31. "2017-18 Baseball, All-time series (Idaho)". (record book). Gonzaga University Athletics. 2017. p. 15. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2017-18/misc_non_event/2018_Baseball_Record_Book.pdf. Retrieved December 12, 2017.

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