Idaho-Montana football rivalry
First contested1903, ago
Idaho, 28–0
Number of meetings85
Most recent meetingNovember 10, 2018, ago
Montana, 46–27
Next meetingNovember 9, 2019 in Missoula
All-time seriesIdaho leads, .659
Largest victoryIdaho, 46–0  (1945)
Longest win streakIdaho, 8, (19511959)
Current streakMontana, 5, (2000–present)

Script error The Little Brown Stein is a rivalry trophy awarded to the winner of the college football game between the University of Idaho Vandals and University of Montana Grizzlies. The trophy is, as the name implies, a large stein mug with the results of all the games between the two painted on.[1][2][3][4]

The game was not played for fourteen seasons (2004–17),[5][6] and Montana retained the trophy. The series resumed in 2018, when Idaho rejoined the Big Sky for football.


Idaho and Montana first met in football Template:Years or months ago in 1903 and have played 84 times; the stein was introduced Template:Years or months ago in 1938,[1][2][3] at the 25th meeting. Idaho has dominated the overall series (.659),[7] which also includes two Division I-AA playoff wins at home in the 1980s. Montana has had the upper hand since 1991, winning nine of the last eleven. While Idaho was in Division I-A (FBS), from 1996 through 2017, the teams met only five times, with Montana winning the last four.[5][6][8]

The schoolsare about Script error apart. Moscow and Missoula are on opposite sides of the lower Idaho Panhandle, separated by the Bitterroot Mountains over Lolo Pass (U.S. Route 12).

Idaho hosted the game in southern Idaho at Boise in 1961,[1][2] and in nearby Pullman, Washington, in 1970 and 2000.


Both were members of the old Pacific Coast Conference (the forerunner of today's Pac-12);[3] Montana departed after the 1949 season, and the PCC disbanded in the summer of 1959. In most years, the loser of the game was last in the PCC standings.

The universities were charter members of the Big Sky Conference in 1963,[4][5] (although Idaho remained an independent in football until 1965) and their final season as conference opponents was in 1995. While Montana has been in the Big Sky since its inception, Idaho has changed its conference affiliation no fewer than five times since 1995:


Script error A Division I-AA playoff game (1982, 1988)

  • Years not played: 1904–13, 1918, 1943–44, 1954, 1963–64, 1996–98, 2004–17

Coaching recordsEdit

Since 1945; Idaho led the first 29 meetings (through 1942) at .707).


Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Babe BrownIdaho21945–46110.500
Dixie HowellIdaho41947–50220.500
Babe CurfmanIdaho31951–533001.000 
Skip StahleyIdaho71954–61610.857
Dee AndrosIdaho11962–64010.000
Steve MusseauIdaho31965–673001.000 
Y C McNeaseIdaho21968–69110.500
Don RobbinsIdaho41970–73310.750
Ed TroxelIdaho41974–77211.625
Jerry DavitchIdaho41978–81310.750
Dennis Erickson (a) Idaho51982–8541 .800
Keith GilbertsonScript errorIdahoScript error4 1986–8831 .750
John L. SmithIdaho61989–9424 .333
Chris TormeyIdaho21995–9920 1.000 
Tom CableIdaho42000–0304 .000
Nick HoltIdaho02004–05       
Dennis Erickson (b)Idaho02006       
Robb AkeyIdaho02007–12       
Paul PetrinoIdaho12013–1801 .000


Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
George Dahlberg Montana 11945010.000
Doug Fessenden Montana 31946–48210.667
Ted Shipkey Montana 31949–51120.333
Ed Chinske Montana 21952–54020.000
Jerry Williams Montana 31955–57030.000
Ray Jenkins Montana 51958–63230.400
Hugh Davidson Script errorMontanaScript error21964–66020.000
Jack Swarthout Montana 91967–75351.389
Gene Carlson Montana 41976–79040.000
Larry Donovan Montana 71980–8525  .286
Don Read Montana 111986–9556  .455
Mick Dennehy Montana 11996–9901  .000
Joe Glenn Montana 12000–0230  1.000 
Bobby Hauck (a) Montana 12003–0910  1.000 
Robin Pflugrad Montana 02010–11       
Mick Delaney Montana 02012–14    
Bob Stitt Montana 02015–17        
Bobby Hauck (b) Montana 1201810  1.000 
  • Last tie was in 1974 and the Big Sky enacted overtime for conference games in 1980;[1] all Division I games went to overtime in 1996.
  • Two games in 1982 and 1988; regular season at Montana and playoff (I-AA) at Idaho: home teams won all four games
  • No games in 1954, 1963, 1964, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2004–2017

See alsoEdit


  1. Kasper, John (September 25, 2013). "No. 48 Big Sky Innovation". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved June 9, 2016.

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