Idaho–Idaho State football rivalry
|First meeting||November 27, 1916|
Idaho 32, Idaho State 0
|Latest meeting||October 6, 2018|
Idaho State 62, Idaho 28
|Next meeting||October 19, 2019 in Moscow|
|All-time series||Idaho leads, 28–12 (.700)|
|Largest victory||1994, 1998|
|Longest win streak||Idaho, 8|
|Current win streak||Idaho State, 1 (2018–present)|
The Idaho–Idaho State rivalry, recently branded as the Battle of the Domes, is the intrastate college football game between the University of Idaho in Moscow and Idaho State University in Pocatello.
The rivalry was at its most competitive in the 1970s and 1980s, with neither team three-peating; the most recent conference game was in 1995 in Pocatello, ISU's last win. Idaho has won eleven of the last thirteen and leads the overall series at 28–12 (.700). The last meeting between the two schools was played at Holt Arena in Pocatello on October 6, 2018; Idaho State defeated Idaho by a final score of 62–28.
A notable game of the series was not even played. In the conference finale for both teams in 1978, a night game was scheduled for Moscow on November 11, and ISU planned to fly up to the Palouse that afternoon in two vintage airplanes. One developed engine trouble shortly after takeoff from Pocatello and returned. Both teams were at the bottom of the Big Sky standings and the game was not rescheduled; Idaho was granted a 1–0 forfeit win.
Battle of the Domes
The "Battle of the Domes" theme began in 2017, and is applied to multiple sports. In opposite regions of Idaho and in different time zones, the driving distance between the campuses is over 530 miles (850 km) (through Boise), and over six hundred miles (970 km) if routed through western Montana and Coeur d'Alene, a popular choice as it is mostly interstate.
Idaho State was the first of the pair to play its home games indoors, opening Holt Arena (originally ASISU Minidome) 49 years ago in 1970. The Kibbie Dome in Moscow was enclosed in 1975, after four years as an outdoor venue; the last two outdoor games in this series were played there in 1971 (debut) and 1973, then known as new Idaho Stadium.
King Spud Trophy
In early 1962, the basketball teams began playing for the "King Spud Trophy," an oversized metallic potato with a face and a crown. Bengal head coach Lynn Archibald thought it should go to the losing team; in 1979, he said, "It's the ugliest thing I've ever seen. The only good thing that happened last week was losing it."
The University of Idaho was established 130 years ago in 1889 by the territorial legislature and opened its doors three years later. Idaho State's origins date back to 1901; it was a two-year branch campus of the UI (1927–1947), became a four-year college in 1947, and a university in 1963.
|Idaho victories||Idaho State victories|
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- Van Sickel, Charlie (February 28, 1979). "Dutch Rub: Today's smorgasbord". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 18.