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

Script error 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 Script error 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.[1] 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,[2][3] 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.[4][5][6]

During World War II, Gonzaga did not field a team after 1941,[7][8] while Idaho played in 1942 and went on hiatus in September 1943.[9][10] 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.[11][12][13]

Game resultsEdit

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  • 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.[2]
    After the Armistice ended World War I on November 11, they played a limited schedule; the first two games were against Gonzaga.[3]
    The opener in Moscow on November 16 was a 13–7 Idaho win,[4] and the next week in Spokane was a 7–7 tie.[5]

Coaching recordsEdit

From 1919 through 1941; Idaho .545


Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
William HigginsGonzaga11919010.000
Gus DoraisGonzaga51920–1924131.300
Clipper SmithGonzaga41925–1928201.833
Matty MathewsGonzaga119291001.000 
Ray FlahertyGonzaga11930010.000
Mike PecarovichGonzaga81931–1938350.375
Puggy Hunton Gonzaga 31939–1941210.667


Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Ralph HutchinsonIdaho119191001.000 
Thomas KelleyIdaho21920–19212001.000 
Matty MathewsIdaho41922–1925121.375
Charles ErbIdaho21926–1928011.250
Leo CallandIdaho61929–1934330.500
Ted BankIdaho61935–1940330.500
Francis SchmidtIdaho11941–19421001.000 

Other sportsEdit

Men's basketballEdit

Idaho holds the overall lead at .522,[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] The Vandals' most recent win was ago in January 1998 at home,[1] and they last won in Spokane in December 1989.[2][3]

Game resultsEdit

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

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^ Two games were played at the Spokane Coliseum (Nov 1987, Nov 1988), both won by Idaho


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,[2][3] so both moved to the new Nor-Pac in 1975,[4][5] and continued as conference foes until Idaho dropped its program in May 1980.[6] The last eleven seasons of the baseball rivalry (1970–80) saw the Bulldogs dominate at .868.[7]

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References Edit

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