MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Dalton Sneed threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns, linebacker Dante Olson set a program record and Montana beat Idaho 46-27 on Saturday for the Little Brown Stein.
Sneed threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to help Montana build a 36-6 lead. Samuel Akem had two scoring grabs — for the fifth time this season — in the first half. Olson's eighth tackle of the game broke the Montana program record for tackles in a single season with 131. He finished with 10 to remain the nation's leading tackler.
Montana (5-5, 4-3 Big Sky) scored 29 unanswered points in the first half with two 50-plus yard scoring plays. Akem scored from 52 yards out and Gabe Sulser 59. Idaho native Jerry Louie-McGee scored his first career rushing touchdown from 13-yards out.
Samori Toure secured a fourth-quarter onside kick and almost returned it for a score, setting Montana up at the 30.
Mason Petrino passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns for Idaho (4-6, 3-5), which lost its first game at home this year. Isaiah Saunders rushed for 123 yards in front of the Vandals' largest home crowd, 14,571, since Oct. 18, 2014.