Battle of the Palouse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Palouse is located in USA
Palouse
Palouse
Location in the United States
Battle of the Palouse is located in Washington (state)
UI 
UI 
WSU
WSU
Location in Washington and adjacent Idaho

The Battle of the Palouse refers to an athletic rivalry in the northwest United States, between the Vandals of the University of Idaho and Cougars of Washington State University.

The two land-grant universities are less than eight miles (13 km) apart on the rural Palouse in the Inland Northwest; Idaho's campus in Moscow is nearly on the IdahoWashington border, and Washington State's campus is directly west in Pullman, linked by Washington State Route 270 and the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail. The two schools' most prominent rivalry was in football, but in later years it has shifted to men's basketball.

Football[edit]

Battle of the Palouse
Sport College football
First meeting November 17, 1894
122 years ago
WSC 10, Idaho 0
Latest meeting September 21, 2013
Washington State, 42–0
Next meeting September 17, 2016
in Pullman
Statistics
Meetings total 90
All-time series Washington State leads,
71–16–3  (.806)
Longest win streak Washington State, 21
(1928–1949)
Longest unbeaten streak Washington State, 27
(1926–1953)
Current win streak Washington State, 8
(2001–present)

Series history[edit]

The first game was played 122 years ago in November 1894 and resulted in a win for Washington State. The game in 1898 was not played because Idaho had an ineligible ringer from Lapwai, F.J. McFarland, a recent All-American from Carlisle.[1][2][3] The Vandals' first-ever forward pass was attempted against the Cougars in 1907: it was completed for a touchdown from a drop-kick formation in the fourth quarter and led to a 5–4 victory.[4]

Washington State has dominated the local rivalry, holding a 71–16–3 (.806) lead. The record since 1926 is even more dominant, with a 56–5–2 (.905) advantage for the Cougars. The longest winning streak for Idaho was three games (192325), and has only five victories since that three-peat (1954, 1964, 1965, 1999, & 2000) and two ties (1927, 1950) to offset the 56 losses.

The games were skipped in 1969 and 1971, unfortunate for Idaho as the 1971 Vandals posted one of the best records (8–3) in school history, while WSU was 4–7. The rivalry became increasingly one-sided as WSU dominated in the 1970s (except for 1974) and the original series ended, following the 1978 game.[5] From 1979 to 1997, the game was played just twice (1982, 1989) until the 10-year renewal from 1998–2007. Since their last wins in 1999 and 2000, Idaho has been physically outmatched in most of the seven games; the game has only been played once since 2007, in 2013.

As two schools are in close proximity, from 1938 to 1968 there was a tradition called The Loser's Walk, where during the week following the game students of the losing school would walk from their own campus to the winners' campus, then receive rides back home from the winning side. This has frequently been misreported as students walking back to their own campus immediately following the game. In 1954, the walk made national news when about 2,000 students from Washington State College made the trek east from Pullman to Moscow after the Cougars lost to Idaho for the first time in 29 years.[6][7][8][9]

In a span of less than five months from November 1969 to April 1970, both schools' aged wooden stadiums (Idaho's Neale Stadium and WSU's Rogers Field) burned down due to suspected arson. The WSU–Idaho game in 1970 was dubbed the Displaced Bowl, which was held in Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane on September 19. The Cougars won the game (their only win that season), as well as the next ten against the Vandals.[10] The 1970 game was the first in the rivalry played on AstroTurf, which was new to Joe Albi that season.

In 1978 the NCAA split Division I football in two: I-A (now FBS) and I-AA (now FCS). Washington State was in Division I-A as part of the Pac-10 Conference and Idaho downgraded to I-AA as part of the Big Sky Conference, whose other football members moved up from Division II. In the late 1970s, I-A football programs were allowed 50% more scholarships and twice as many assistant coaches as I-AA teams.[5] During the years they were in different divisions, the schools met only twice (1982 in Spokane and 1989 in Pullman). In 1996, Idaho moved back up to Division I-A in the Big West Conference, and Idaho and WSU rekindled their century-old rivalry. Since the rivalry was reinstated in 1998, every game has been played at Martin Stadium in Pullman, except for the matchup in 2003, which was played at Seattle's Seahawks Stadium. The last game played on the Idaho side of the border was 50 years ago in 1966, a come-from-behind 14–7 Cougar victory on a very muddy field to prevent a Vandal three-peat.[11][12]

Future of rivalry[edit]

After ten years of the renewed rivalry, Vandal head coach Robb Akey, previously WSU's defensive coordinator, said in 2008 that he preferred the game not be played every year, instead saying he would prefer it as a "once-in-a-while thing."[13] Only one game was played during Akey's tenure, in his first season in 2007, and he was fired in October 2012.[14] The meeting in 2013 on September 21 was a one-year revival,[15] but the future of the series under current Vandal head coach Paul Petrino is unclear. The next game is scheduled for 2016 in Pullman on September 17.

Game results[edit]

Idaho victories Washington State victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1894 Moscow, ID Washington State 10–0
2 1895 Pullman, WA Washington State 10–4
3 1899 Pullman, WA Washington State 11–0
4 1901 Moscow, ID Idaho 5–0
5 1902 Pullman, WA Washington State 17–0
6 1903 Moscow, ID Idaho 32–0
7 1904 Pullman, WA Idaho 5–0
8 1905 Moscow, ID Idaho 5–0
9 1906 Pullman, WA Washington State 10–0
10 1907 Moscow, ID Idaho 5–4
11 1908 Pullman, WA Tie 4–4
12 1909 Spokane, WA Washington State 18–0
13 1910 Pullman, WA Idaho 9–5
14 1911 Moscow, ID Washington State 17–0
15 1912 Pullman, WA Idaho 13–0
16 1913 Moscow, ID Idaho 3–0
17 1914 Pullman, WA Washington State 3–0
18 1915 Moscow, ID Washington State 41–0
19 1916 Pullman, WA Washington State 31–0
20 1917 Moscow, ID Washington State 19–0
21 1919 Pullman, WA Washington State 37–0
22 1920 Moscow, ID Washington State 14–7
23 1921 Pullman, WA Washington State 20–3
24 1922 Moscow, ID Washington State 18–9
25 1923 Pullman, WA Idaho 14–0
26 1924 Moscow, ID Idaho 19–3
27 1925 Pullman, WA Idaho 7–6
28 1926 Moscow, ID Washington State 6–0
29 1927 Pullman, WA Tie 7–7
30 1928 Moscow, ID Washington State 26–0
31 1929 Pullman, WA Washington State 41–7
32 1930 Moscow, ID Washington State 33–7
33 1931 Pullman, WA Washington State 9–8
34 1932 Pullman, WA Washington State 12–0
35 1933 Moscow, ID Washington State 14–6
36 1934 Pullman, WA Washington State 19–0
37 1935 Moscow, ID Washington State 6–0
38 1936 Moscow, ID Washington State 14–0
39 1937 Pullman, WA Washington State 13–0
40 1938 Moscow, ID Washington State 12–0
41 1939 Pullman, WA Washington State 21–13
42 1940 Moscow, ID Washington State 26–0
43 1941 Pullman, WA Washington State 26–0
44 1942 Moscow, ID Washington State 7–0
45 1945 Moscow, ID Washington State 43–12
46 1945 Moscow, ID Washington State 21–0
# Date Location Winner Score
47 1946 Pullman, WA Washington State 32–0
48 1947 Moscow, ID Washington State 7–0
49 1948 Pullman, WA Washington State 19–14
50 1949 Moscow, ID Washington State 25–13
51 1950 Pullman, WA Tie 7–7
52 1951 Moscow, ID Washington State 9–6
53 1952 Pullman, WA Washington State 36–6
54 1953 Moscow, ID Washington State 30–13
55 1954 Pullman, WA Idaho 10–0
56 1955 Moscow, ID Washington State 9–0
57 1956 Moscow, ID Washington State 33–19
58 1957 Pullman, WA Washington State 21–13
59 1958 Moscow, ID Washington State 8–0
60 1959 Pullman, WA Washington State 27–5
61 1960 Moscow, ID Washington State 18–7
62 1961 Pullman, WA Washington State 34–0
63 1962 Moscow, ID Washington State 22–14
64 1963 Pullman, WA Washington State 14–10
65 1964 Moscow, ID Idaho 28–13
66 1965 Pullman, WA Idaho 17–13
67 1966 Moscow, ID Washington State 14–7
68 1967 Pullman, WA Washington State 52–14
69 1968 Spokane, WA Washington State 14–7
70 1970 Spokane, WA Washington State 44–16
71 1972 Pullman, WA Washington State 35–14
72 1973 Pullman, WA Washington State 51–24
73 1974 Pullman, WA Washington State 17–10
74 1975 Pullman, WA Washington State 84–27
75 1976 Pullman, WA Washington State 45–6
76 1977 Pullman, WA Washington State 45–17
77 1978 Pullman, WA Washington State 28–0
78 1982 Spokane, WA Washington State 34–14
79 1989 Pullman, WA Washington State 41–7
80 1998 Pullman, WA Washington State 24–16
81 1999 Pullman, WA Idaho 28–17
82 2000 Pullman, WA Idaho 38–34
83 2001 Pullman, WA Washington State 36–7
84 2002 Pullman, WA Washington State 49–14
85 2003 Seattle, WA Washington State 25–0
86 2004 Pullman, WA Washington State 49–8
87 2005 Pullman, WA Washington State 38–26
88 2006 Pullman, WA Washington State 56–10
89 2007 Pullman, WA Washington State 45–28
90 2013 Pullman, WA Washington State 42–0
Series: Washington State leads 71–16–3
  • Idaho was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference; the Battle of the Palouse was a conference game from 1922 through 1958.
  • Idaho was a division below WSU in 1967–68 (College division) and 1978–95 (Division I-AA); Idaho will return to FCS in 2018.
  • Prior to 1959, WSU was WSC.[16][17]

Coaching records[edit]

Since 1919

Idaho[edit]

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Ralph Hutchinson Idaho 1 1919 0 1 0 .000
Thomas Kelley Idaho 2 1920–1921 0 2 0 .000
Matty Mathews Idaho 4 1922–1925 3 1 0 .750
Charles Erb Idaho 3 1926–1928 0 2 1 .167
Leo Calland Idaho 6 1929–1934 0 6 0 .000
Ted Bank Idaho 6 1935–1940 0 6 0 .000
Francis Schmidt Idaho 2 1941–1942 0 2 0 .000
Babe Brown Idaho 3 1945–1946 0 3 0 .000
Dixie Howell Idaho 4 1947–1950 0 3 1 .125
Babe Curfman Idaho 3 1951–1953 0 3 0 .000
Skip Stahley Idaho 8 1954–1961 1 7 0 .125
Dee Andros Idaho 3 1962–1964 1 2 0 .333
Steve Musseau Idaho 3 1965–1967 1 2 0 .333
Y C McNease Idaho 1 1968–1969 0 1 0 .000
Don Robbins Idaho 3 1970–1973 0 3 0 .000
Ed Troxel Idaho 4 1974–1977 0 4 0 .000
Jerry Davitch Idaho 1 1978–1981 0 1 0 .000
Dennis Erickson (a) Idaho 1 1982–1985 0 1 0 .000
Keith Gilbertson Idaho 0 1986–1988
John L. Smith Idaho 1 1989–1994 0 1 0 .000
Chris Tormey Idaho 2 1995–1999 1 1   .500
Tom Cable Idaho 4 2000–2003 1 3   .250
Nick Holt Idaho 2 2004–2005 0 2   .000
Dennis Erickson (b)             Idaho       1 2006 0 1   .000
Robb Akey Idaho 1 2007–2012 0 1   .000
Paul Petrino Idaho 0 2013–2015  
  • Won first attempt: Stahley (1954), Musseau (1965), Cable (2000)
  • Won final attempt: Mathews (1925), Andros (1964), Tormey (1999)
  • Last Idaho coach with more than one win was Mathews with three straight (1923, 1924, 1925)

Washington State[edit]

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Gus Welch Washington State 4 1919–1922 4 0 0 1.000 
Albert Exendine Washington State 3 1923–1925 0 3 0 .000
Babe Hollingbery Washington State 17 1926–1942 16 0 1 .971
Phil Sarboe Washington State 6 1945–1949 6 0 0 1.000 
Forest Evashevski Washington State 2 1950–1951 1 0 1 .750
Al Kircher Washington State 4 1952–1955 3 1 0 .750
Jim Sutherland Washington State 8 1956–1963 8 0 0 1.000 
Bert Clark Washington State 4 1964–1967 2 2 0 .500
Jim Sweeney Washington State 6 1968–1975 6 0 0 1.000 
Jackie Sherrill Washington State 1 1976 1 0 0 1.000 
Warren Powers Washington State 1 1977 1 0 0 1.000 
Jim Walden Washington State 2 1978–1986 2 0 0 1.000 
Dennis Erickson Washington State 0 1987–1988
Mike Price Washington State 6 1989–2002 4 2 0 .667
Bill Doba Washington State 5 2003–2007 5 0   1.000 
Paul Wulff Washington State 0 2008–2011
Mike Leach Washington State 1 2012–2015 1 0   1.000 
  • Last tie was in 1950, overtime began in 1996 in Division I-A (none through 2015)
  • Two games were played in 1945; no games in 1943, 1944, 1969, 1971
  • After 1978, except for resumption of 1998–2007, games were scheduled intermittently (1982, 1989, 2013, 2016)


Men's basketball[edit]

Battle of the Palouse
Sport College basketball
First meeting January 13, 1906
110 years ago
Washington State, 28–11
Latest meeting December 10, 2015
Idaho, 78–74
Next meeting December 7, 2016
in Pullman
Statistics
Meetings total 271
All-time series Washington State leads,
162–109  (.598)
Largest victory Washington State, 53–10
(March 17, 1914)
Longest win streak Washington State, 12
(1915–1917)
Current win streak Idaho, 2 (2014–present)

Although the Battle of the Palouse in football waned by the 1980s, Idaho and Washington State men's basketball teams have played each other annually since 1906 in a series that continues.[18][19][20] From the 1922–23 to 1958–59 seasons, both schools were members of the Pacific Coast Conference.[21][22]

Washington State has a 162–109 lead in the series as of January 2016; in the latest game in the series, Idaho won 78–74 at the Cowan Spectrum in Moscow in December 2015 for a second consecutive victory. The 77–71 win in December 2014 in Pullman was the Vandals' first over the Cougars since December 2002 and the first in Pullman since December 1989.[18][23]

The rivalry in basketball reached its peak in the early 1980s, under head coaches Don Monson and George Raveling. The game in early December 1982 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow established a new attendance record of 11,000 for an Idaho home game; the Vandals won it overtime for their third straight win over the Cougars and 37th consecutive win at home.[24][25][26][27] Idaho was coming off a 27–3 season in 1982 in which it was ranked in the top ten and reached the Sweet Sixteen (and Monson was named Kodak coach of the year). The Cougars went on to finish second in the Pac-10 in the 1983 regular season,[28] and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, falling to #1 seed Virginia in Boise to finish at 26–6.[29] Both coaches left at the end of the season; Monson for Oregon and Raveling for Iowa.

Other sports[edit]

The "Battle of the Palouse" is also contested in women's basketball,[30] women's volleyball,[31] and women's soccer.[32]

Washington State leads the women's basketball series, last played in the 2008–09 season, 26–13 and won the most recent game 53–50 over Idaho.[33]

In women's volleyball, Washington State leads the series 41–21 as of 2015.[34][35] In recent years, the series has been played as part of invitational tournaments hosted by the schools:[35][36]

  • 2008: Idaho Classic, Moscow (Idaho won 3–0)
  • 2009: Nike Cougar Challenge, Pullman (Washington State won 3–2)
  • 2010: Nike Cougar Invitational, Pullman (Idaho won 3–0)
  • 2012: Idaho Nike Invitational, Moscow (Idaho won 3–2)
  • 2013: Cougar Invitational, Pullman (Washington State won 3–0)
  • 2014: Cougar Challenge, Pullman (Washington State won 3–1)


The rivalry was strong in baseball, but Idaho discontinued its program 36 years ago, after the 1980 season.[37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Bruce (August 20, 1975). "Another View". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). p. 45. 
  2. ^ "For the record; Idaho, Wash. St. game erased". Lakeland Ledger (Florida). Associated Press. August 21, 1975. p. 3B. 
  3. ^ "Just forget it". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 22, 1975. p. 31. 
  4. ^ "WSU-Idaho series has sparkling past". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho). October 22, 1959. p. 13. 
  5. ^ a b "WSU-Idaho grid series diminishes". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). Associated Press. January 21, 1978. p. 10. 
  6. ^ "Become a University of Idaho Tradition Keeper". Student Alumni Relations Board - University of Idaho. p. 3/7. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ ""Win Made Us Ball Club," says Skip Stahley". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). October 25, 1954. p. 17. 
  8. ^ "WSC walks". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1955. p. 26. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Battle of the Palouse - Losers' Walk". Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. (video). November 3, 1959. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Fry, Richard B. (March 17, 2004). "The Smilin' Irishman". Cougfan.com. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mud replaces turf in football's annual Battle of Palouse in Moscow". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho). (photos). October 23, 1966. p. 14. 
  12. ^ "Kennedy en route to a TD". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). (photo). October 24, 1966. p. 18. 
  13. ^ "Cougars: Akey talks of commitment at Idaho". The Seattle Times. April 15, 2008. 
  14. ^ Murphy, Brian (October 21, 2012). "Vandals fire Akey after 1-7 start". Idaho Statesman (Boise). Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Cougars add Idaho to 2013 football schedule". Washington State University Athletics. May 1, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ "New name for WSC near O.K.". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). February 4, 1959. p. 2. 
  17. ^ "New name near for State College". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). August 5, 1959. p. 18. 
  18. ^ a b "All-time opponents: Idaho", 2014-15 Washington State Basketball (Washington State Cougars), pp. 36–37 
  19. ^ "Battle of the Palouse". Idaho Vandals. December 5, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Cougars Slated For Four Fox Sports Net TV Games". Washington State Cougars. September 9, 1999. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/washington-state/
  22. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/idaho/
  23. ^ "Vandals win!". Idaho Vandals. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  24. ^ Devlin, Vince (December 3, 1982). "George bristles over '81 UI win". Spokane Chronicle (Washington). p. 19. 
  25. ^ Killen, John (December 4, 1982). "Idaho vs. WSU". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  26. ^ Devlin, Vince (December 6, 1982). "For Cougs, it was a foul night". Spokane Chronicle (Washington). p. 23. 
  27. ^ Killen, John (December 5, 1982). "Vandals nip Cougars in OT, 62-58". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  28. ^ Devlin, Vince (March 13, 1983). "Cougar hopes collapse". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. D1. 
  29. ^ Devlin, Vince (March 20, 1983). "Cavs find WSU no pushover". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. D1. 
  30. ^ "Vandal women lose Battle of the Palouse". Idaho Vandals. February 27, 2003. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  31. ^ "WSU Claims 3-1 Volleyball Victory At Idaho". Washington State. September 19, 2000. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Cougars Take Soccer Battle Of The Palouse". Washington State Cougars. September 8, 2002. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  33. ^ "All-time records against: Idaho" (PDF). Washington State 2014-15 Women's Basketball. Washington State University. 2014. p. 40. 
  34. ^ "All-time records versus opponents" (PDF). 2014 Washington State Volleyball. Washington State University. p. 43. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  35. ^ a b "WSU Takes 3-1 Win over Idaho at Cougar Challenge". Washington State University. September 18, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  36. ^ 2014 Washington State Volleyball, pp. 47-48.
  37. ^ "Baseball's 'out' at Idaho". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). May 13, 1980. p. 19. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°43′55″N 117°09′36″W / 46.732°N 117.16°W / 46.732; -117.16