Montana Keeps Little Brown Stein

Montana Keeps Little Brown Stein

Montana retained the Little Brown Stein with a 46-27 win over Idaho Saturday, at the Kibbie Dome, handing the Vandals (4-6, 3-5 Big Sky) their only home loss of the season. The game was played in front of 14,571 fans – Idaho’s largest home attendance in more than four years (Oct. 18, 2014).

The Vandals scored first on a 38-yard field goal from Cade Coffey , but Montana (6-4, 4-3 Big Sky) rattled off the next 29 points in a span of 12 minutes and 18 seconds, including two touchdown passes from Dalton Sneed to Samuel Akem in the second quarter.

Idaho outgained Montana 457-420, but the Grizzlies’ 306 first-half yards staked them to a 36-6 advantage at the break. Sneed accounted for most of Montana’s damage, running for a game-high 129 yards and throwing for 220. He passed for three touchdowns and scored once on the ground.

Idaho quarterback Mason Petrino passed for a career-high 310 yards, tossing two touchdowns and running for another. David Ungerer was Petrino’s top target, catching seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was Ungerer’s third 100-yard receiving game of the season. Petrino also hit Cutrell Haywood for a score.

Isaiah Saunders led the ground attack with a season-high 123 rushing yards, including a career-long 60-yard run in the third quarter. Saunders moved up to No. 10 on Idaho’s career rushing list with 2,155 yards.

Kaden Elliss registered 1.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss among his seven stops. Elliss now has 46 career tackles for loss, tied for fifth in program history and the most by a Vandal since 2000.

This was the first meeting between Idaho and Montana since 2003. The Grizzlies have won the last five meetings in the rivalry, dating back to 2000. Idaho leads the all-time series 55-28-2.

Prior to the game, Idaho honored 14 student-athletes playing in their final home game.

The Vandals close the season next Saturday (Nov. 17) at Florida. Kickoff is slated for noon ET/9 a.m. PT. The television network will be announced in the next 24 hours.