Montana State was assailed for buying its way out of a schedule game with FCS steamroller and reigning national champion North Dakota State prior to the 2013 season. The Bobcats were running scared, the cynics cried.
Five questions facing Montana ahead of the 2014 season:
Paul McCartney won’t be the only one rockin’ and rollin’ on the University of Montana campus Tuesday.
Turn back the clock to November of 2012. Montana had just lost to rival Montana State at home, which gave the Grizzlies a 5-6 record, their first losing season in a generation. It was then that coach Mick Delaney issued a bold promise, saying:
It was the most contentious moment of Montana’s 42-35 loss to Coastal Carolina.
For years we've heard all about how Peyton Manning is a cold weather stiff. Some people just aren't adept at performing at a high level when the temps fall below freezing. And Manning, as the stats, wins and losses suggest, is one of those guys.
Montana football coach Mick Delaney made at least one guarantee this week regarding Northern Arizona running back Zach Bauman.
Following a runaway victory over a feeble Division II opponent, the Grizzlies turn their attention to a more familiar, more irritating adversary this week.
NOTE: This is the first installment of our weekly series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2013 Big Sky Conference football season.
MISSOULA — His Montana State teammates were parading the Great Divide Trophy across the Washington-Grizzly Stadium turf, but Caleb Schreibeis was alone at midfield, down on one knee with his head bowed in appreciation.
OGDEN, Utah — Turnovers were wasted, drives were blunted and field goals missed by the Montana Grizzlies Saturday, but you can’t argue with the final score.
MISSOULA — Southern Utah’s Brad Sorensen was sacked seven times, had his helmet bounced off the Washington-Grizzly Stadium turf by Caleb Kidder and threw 23 incomplete passes Saturday.
MISSOULA — In the run-up to Saturday’s Big Sky Conference opener, Mick Delaney noted Montana’s staggering run of dominance over Northern Arizona and its embattled coach, Jerome Souers.
MISSOULA — The Montana Grizzlies’ offense certainly didn’t hit on all cylinders Saturday, but a win is a win is a Nguyen.
After he rumbled, hurdled and darted his way to an 87-yard touchdown catch late in Montana’s non-conference showdown Saturday at Appalachian State, Dan Moore was mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
With their offseason of uncertainty finally over, the Montana Grizzlies can focus on the business of football again.