The Little Brown Stein To Stay In Missoula

On the centennial anniversary of the UI/UM rivalry, Idaho dropped to 0-5 on the season and lost to Montana for the 4th year in a row, losing at Missoula 41-28. It was just the second time ever Idaho had lost 4 in a row to Montana (in a series otherwise dominated by the Vandals 55-26-2), and will be the last meeting between the 2 teams for the foreseeable future.

Its fairly impossible to gauge what happened in Missoula Saturday...from The Spokesman Review article: "The Vandals (0-5) were outperformed in virtually every measure -- hustle, execution, discipline, enthusiasm, turnovers, coaching."

On the day, Montana rushed for a staggering 359 yards, and threw for just 92. Idaho's Michael Harrington started the game and completed 7 of 19 passes for 132 yards, 1 TD and no interceptions. But, for any of a number of reasons (including fumbles - 3 by his runningbacks - and penalties - 13 for 96 yards, including at least 8 in the first half alone) the offense went no where.

Enter senior Brian Lindgren (16 of 31, 200 yards, 2 TDs, no interceptions) with a little over 5 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter. Brian came in, engineered 2 scoring drives and drew Idaho to within 10 points of the Griz (down 31-21). But on both TD drives, Idaho could not make the 2 point conversion.

With the game on the line in the 4th quarter, the Vandal defense could not hold Montana (operating with a true freshman quarterback and true freshman runningback), yielding a fieldgoal and a touchdown to Montana (making the score 41-21).

Brian would lead Idaho into the endzone for another TD, making it a 41-28 ballgame, but it was too little, too late.

Our hats go off to several players who had an exceptional game, including Kelly Talavou (led the Idaho defense with 9 tackles, including 7 solo tackles and a forced fumble), Rod Bryant (picked up his second interception of the year), Chris Nathan (6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery), Orlando Winston (9 receptions for 167 yards and 2 TDs), punter Ryan Downes (who on 9 punts AVERAGED 43.7 yards, and landed 2 inside the Montana 5 yard line), and backup quarterback Brian Lindgren who came in off the bench and led Idaho to the endzone 3 times in a little over a quarter of play. Offensive lineman Jade Tadvick also appeared to have a solid game, as did the usual defenders including Patrick Libey (9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss), Brandon Kania (8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss), and Mike Anderson with 7 tackles.

We believe (but aren't sure) that Jimmy Labita recovered a fumble on special teams (excellent hustle), and he also was the #2 receiver on the day with 2 catches for 30 yards.

Up next for Idaho is the start of SBC play with a road trip to Las Cruces to take on New Mexico State.


Idaho Official Site game story with stats

Montana Offici8al Site write-up

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Griz leg out victory, 41-28 -

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