EWU–UM Governors Cup

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EWU–UM Governors Cup
Teams Eastern Washington
Montana
Originated 1938
Trophy series Montana leads, 26-13-1
Current holder Eastern Washington

The EWU–UM Governors Cup is the annual college football game between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Eastern Washington University Eagles.

History[edit]

Traditionally, the Governors Cup is a very intense and heated rivalry between these two teams, mainly because the winner of the game usually is in the running to be the champion of the Big Sky Conference.

In the past 7 seasons the winner of the game has gone on to the playoffs. The rivalry between the two teams is so popular that the game has also sold out the past 7 years. The game is usually played in the middle of the regular season, played on the Saturday alternating between Roos Field and Washington-Grizzly Stadium each year. From 1967-2004 (except for 1974), EWU hosted the game at Spokane's Joe Albi Stadium.

The Montana Grizzlies currently lead in the rivalry with 26 wins and 13 losses. There has been only one tie, which occurred in 1984.[1]

Game results[edit]

Year Winner Score
2013 Eastern Washington 42-37
2012 Eastern Washington 32-26
2011 Montana 17-14
2010 Eastern Washington 36-27
2009 Montana 41-34
2008 Montana 19-3
2007 Montana 24-23
2006 Montana 19-10
2005 Eastern Washington 34-20
2004 Montana 31-28
2003 Montana 41-10
2002 Eastern Washington 30-21
2001 Montana 29-26 (2OT)
2000 Montana 41-31
1999 Montana 25-7
1998 Montana 30-27
1997 Eastern Washington 45-35
1996 Montana 34-30
1995 Montana 63-7
1994 Montana 49-29
1993 Montana 35-20
1992 Eastern Washington 27-21
1991 Eastern Washington 20-17
1990 Eastern Washington 36-35
1989 Montana 22-16
1988 Montana 30-6
1987 Montana 22-0
1986 Montana 42-37
1985 Eastern Washington 52-19
1984 Tie 14-14
1983 Eastern Washington 27-26
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1981 Eastern Washington 14-13
1980 Montana 42-7
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1950 Montana 52-0
1949 Montana 12-7
1948 Eastern Washington
1947 Montana 21-0
1946 Montana 31-7
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1940 Montana 9-0
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1938 Montana 27-0

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Roos Field[edit]

A sold out crowd (roughly 12,000 fans) watch EWU beat UM in the Annual Governors Cup rivalry game.

With more than 2,000 bleachers added, record crowds of 11,702 in 2010 and 11,583 in 2006 attended the showdowns with Montana, the most recent match up in 2010 was won by the Eagles. The previous record before 2004 was 6,879 for the Eastern - Idaho game on Oct. 17, 1992, when temporary bleachers were employed in addition to the 5,000 permanent seats. The top 25 attendances at Roos Field have come since the early 1990s, including the top eight in the last three seasons.

On February 26, 2010, ESPN reported that Eastern Washington planned to remove the natural turf at Woodward Field and replace it with red SprinTurf, making it the second Division 1 college football program to have a non-green playing surface (Boise State of the WAC has a blue surface). On May 20, 2010 the Eastern Washington Board of Trustees approved a name change to Roos Field, scheduled for the 2010 season, upon the successful completion of the project.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium[edit]

The stadium is named after construction magnate Dennis Washington, a Montana business pioneer who donated $1 million to finance the stadium's construction in 1985. The stadium has been expanded three times since its opening in 1986, most recently in 2008 with an upper deck expansion of 2,000 seats on the east side.

The original seating capacity in 1986 was 12,500 permanent seats on the sidelines with open grass seating behind the end zones, an approximate capacity of 15,000. Permanent seating for the end zones was installed in 1995, which brought the seating capacity to over 19,000. The most recent expansion in 2008 brought the seating capacity to over 25,000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Washington State Game by Game against Opponents. College Football Data Warehouse. Accessed November 26, 2007.
  2. ^ Espn College Football - Montana|http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/teams/schedule?teamId=331&year=2002