Montana, Northern Iowa to play home-and-home series

(STATS) – FCS national powers Montana and Northern Iowa announced a two-year home-and-home series on Wednesday.

The two will meet on Sept. 10, 2016, inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They will square off again on Sept. 1, 2018, at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana.

Montana, from the Big Sky Conference, has won all five prior meetings, including the last three in Missoula in the FCS playoffs. The most recent – a 48-10 Grizzlies victory on Dec. 9, 2011 – was later vacated because UM used two ineligible players.

Northern Iowa, from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, has hosted only one of the previous games, a 33-16 Montana win on Oct. 3, 1987.

Both programs finished 9-5 last season. Bob Stitt has since taken over as Montana’s head coach, while Mark Farley enters his 15th season at UNI.