Little Brown Stein

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Idaho-Montana football rivalry
First meeting 1903, 114 years ago
Idaho, 28–0
Latest meeting September 27, 2003
14 years ago
Montana, 41–28
Next meeting 2018
Statistics
Meetings total 84
All-time series Idaho leads,
55–27–2  (.667)
Largest victory Idaho, 46–0  (1945)
Longest win streak Idaho, 8
(1951–1959)
Current win streak Montana, 4
(2000–present)
Little Brown Stein is located in Idaho
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Locations in Idaho and Montana

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]

The game was last played 14 years ago in 2003,[4][5] and Montana retains the trophy. The series is set to resume in 2018, when Idaho rejoins the Big Sky for football.

History[edit]

Idaho and Montana first played 114 years ago in 1903 and have played 84 times, and the stein was introduced 79 years ago in 1938,[1][2] [3] at the 25th meeting. Idaho has dominated the overall series (55–27–2),[6] which also includes two Division I-AA playoff wins at home in the 1980s. Montana has had the upper hand since 1991, winning eight of the last ten. Since Idaho moved back up to Division I-A in 1996, the teams have met five times, with Montana winning the last four.[4][5][7]

The schools were the only public universities in their respective states for decades, and are about 200 miles (320 km) apart. Moscow and Missoula are on opposite sides of the lower Idaho Panhandle, separated by the Bitterroot Mountains over Lolo Pass.

Conferences[edit]

Both were members of the old Pacific Coast Conference (the forerunner of today's Pac-12);[8] Montana departed after the 1950 season, and the PCC disbanded in the summer of 1959.

The universities were charter members of the Big Sky Conference in 1963,[9][10] (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:


Results[edit]

Idaho victories Montana victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1903 Moscow, ID Idaho 28–0
2 1914 Moscow, ID Tie 0–0
3 1915 Missoula, MT Montana 15–3
4 1916 Moscow, ID Montana 20–13
5 1917 Missoula, MT Idaho 14–3
6 1919 Moscow, ID Idaho 7–0
7 1920 Missoula, MT Idaho 20–7
8 1921 Moscow, ID Idaho 35–7
9 1922 Missoula, MT Idaho 39–0
10 1923 Moscow, ID Idaho 40–0
11 1924 Missoula, MT Idaho 41–13
12 1925 Moscow, ID Montana 20–14
13 1926 Missoula, MT Idaho 27–12
14 1927 Moscow, ID Idaho 42–6
15 1928 Missoula, MT Idaho 21–7
16 1929 Moscow, ID Idaho 19–0
17 1930 Missoula, MT Montana 12–6
18 1931 Moscow, ID Idaho 21–19
19 1932 Missoula, MT Idaho 19–6
20 1933 Moscow, ID Idaho 12–6
21 1934 Missoula, MT Idaho 13–6
22 1935 Moscow, ID Idaho 14–7
23 1936 Missoula, MT Montana 16–0
24 1937 Moscow, ID Idaho 6–0
25 1938 Missoula, MT Idaho 19–6
26 1939 Moscow, ID Montana 13–0
27 1940 Missoula, MT Montana 28–18
28 1941 Moscow, ID Montana 16–0
29 1942 Missoula, MT Idaho 21–0
30 1945 Moscow, ID Idaho 46–0
31 1946 Missoula, MT Montana 19–0
32 1947 Moscow, ID Montana 21–0
33 1948 Moscow, ID Idaho 39–0
34 1949 Missoula, MT Idaho 47–19
35 1950 Moscow, ID Montana 28–27
36 1951 Missoula, MT Idaho 12–9
37 1952 Moscow, ID Idaho 27–0
38 1953 Missoula, MT Idaho 20–12
39 1955 Moscow, ID Idaho 31–0
40 1956 Missoula, MT Idaho 14–0
41 1957 Moscow, ID Idaho 31–13
42 1958 Missoula, MT Idaho 14–6
43 1959 Moscow, ID Idaho 9–6
# Date Location Winner Score
44 1960 Missoula, MT Montana 18–14
45 1961 Boise, ID Idaho 16–14
46 1962 Missoula, MT Montana 22–16
47 1965 Missoula, MT Idaho 35–7
48 1966 Moscow, ID Idaho 40–6
49 1967 Missoula, MT Idaho 19–14
50 1968 Moscow, ID Idaho 56–45
51 1969 Missoula, MT Montana 34–9
52 1970 Pullman, WA Montana 44–26
53 1971 Missoula, MT Idaho 21–12
54 1972 Moscow, ID Idaho 31–17
55 1973 Missoula, MT Idaho 20–7
56 1974 Moscow, ID Tie 35–35
57 1975 Missoula, MT Montana 14–3
58 1976 Moscow, ID Idaho 28–19
59 1977 Moscow, ID Idaho 31–20
60 1978 Missoula, MT Idaho 34–30
61 1979 Moscow, ID Idaho 20–17
62 1980 Missoula, MT Idaho 42–0
63 1981 Moscow, ID Montana 16–14
64 1982 Missoula, MT Montana 40–16
65  1982A Moscow, ID Idaho 21–7
66 1983 Moscow, ID Idaho 45–24
67 1984 Missoula, MT Idaho 40–39
68 1985 Moscow, ID Idaho 38–0
69 1986 Missoula, MT Idaho 38–31
70 1987 Moscow, ID Idaho 31–25
71 1988 Missoula, MT Montana 26–17
72  1988A Moscow, ID Idaho 38–19
73 1989 Moscow, ID Idaho 30–24
74 1990 Missoula, MT Idaho 35–14
75 1991 Moscow, ID Montana 35–34
76 1992 Missoula, MT Montana 47–29
77 1993 Moscow, ID Montana 54–34
78 1994 Missoula, MT Montana 45–21
79 1995 Moscow, ID Idaho 55–43
80 1999 Missoula, MT Idaho 33–30
81 2000 Pullman, WA Montana 45–38
82 2001 Missoula, MT Montana 33–27
83 2002 Moscow, ID Montana 38–31
84 2003 Missoula, MT Montana 41–28
Series: Idaho leads 55–27–2

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

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


Coaching records[edit]

Since 1945

Idaho[edit]

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Babe Brown Idaho 2 1945–46 1 1 0 .500
Dixie Howell Idaho 4 1947–50 2 2 0 .500
Babe Curfman Idaho 3 1951–53 3 0 0 1.000 
Skip Stahley Idaho 7 1954–61 6 1 0 .857
Dee Andros Idaho 1 1962–64 0 1 0 .000
Steve Musseau Idaho 3 1965–67 3 0 0 1.000 
Y C McNease Idaho 2 1968–69 1 1 0 .667
Don Robbins Idaho 4 1970–73 3 1 0 .750
Ed Troxel Idaho 4 1974–77 2 1 1 .625
Jerry Davitch Idaho 4 1978–81 3 1 0 .750
Dennis Erickson (a) Idaho 5 1982–85 4 1   .800
Keith Gilbertson Idaho 4 1986–88 3 1   .750
John L. Smith Idaho 6 1989–94 2 4   .333
Chris Tormey Idaho 2 1995–99 2 0   1.000 
Tom Cable Idaho 4 2000–03 0 4   .000
Nick Holt Idaho 0 2004–05        
Dennis Erickson (b) Idaho 0 2006        
Robb Akey Idaho 0 2007–12        
Paul Petrino Idaho 0 2013–16        
Total Idaho 55 1945–2016 35 19 1 .645

Montana[edit]

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
George Dahlberg Montana 1 1945 0 1 0 .000
Doug Fessenden Montana 3 1946–48 2 1 0 .667
Ted Shipkey Montana 3 1949–51 1 2 0 .333
Ed Chinske Montana 2 1952–54 0 2 0 .000
Jerry Williams Montana 3 1955–57 0 3 0 .000
Ray Jenkins Montana 5 1958–63 2 3 0 .400
Hugh Davidson   Montana   2 1964–66 0 2 0 .000
Jack Swarthout Montana 9 1967–75 3 5 1 .389
Gene Carlson Montana 4 1976–79 0 4 0 .000
Larry Donovan Montana 7 1980–85 2 5   .286
Don Read Montana 11 1986–95 5 6   .455
Mick Dennehy Montana 1 1996–99 0 1   .000
Joe Glenn Montana 1 2000–02 3 0   1.000 
Bobby Hauck Montana 1 2003–09 1 0   1.000 
Robin Pflugrad Montana 0 2010–11        
Mick Delaney Montana 0 2012–14        
Bob Stitt Montana 0 2015–16        
Total Montana 55 1945–2016 19 35 1 .355
  • Last tie was in 1974 and the Big Sky enacted overtime for conference games in 1980;[12] 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 also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vandals still seeking a win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 20, 1948. p. 18. 
  2. ^ a b Payne, Bob (October 18, 1974). "Tips riding two-game win streak". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 29. 
  3. ^ a b "Football". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1943. p. 233. 
  4. ^ a b Meehan, Jim (September 28, 2003). "Idaho collapses in Montana". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C13. 
  5. ^ a b Bauer, Doug (September 28, 2003). "Griz catch Vandals with pants down". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  6. ^ a b Welsch, Jeff (April 30, 2016). "Idaho's twice-bruised ego offers cautionary tale for Griz, Cats". Billings Gazette. (Montana). Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Idaho opponents: vs. Montana". CFB Data Warehouse. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Montana eleven wallops Vandals". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). United Press. November 8, 1947. p. 2. 
  9. ^ Missildine, Harry (February 26, 1963). "Six western schools create Big Sky athletic conference". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 12. 
  10. ^ "Big Sky is ready for league action". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). February 26, 1963. p. 13. 
  11. ^ "Idaho football to Big Sky Conference". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ Kasper, John (September 25, 2013). "No. 48 Big Sky Innovation". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved June 9, 2016.