Montana Grizzlies Football
Statistically, Montana did what it needed to do on defense to beat rival Eastern Washington in their second-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game on Saturday.
CHENEY, Wash. — The Montana Grizzlies can blame their own mishaps for a 37-20 FCS playoff loss at Eastern Washington on Saturday, but much of what happened between the blocked punt and pick-six hurt just as much.
The University of Montana football team looks to avenge a 36-26 regular season loss at Eastern Washington when the teams meet in Cheney again this week in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
MISSOULA — Eastern Washington, 10-2 and poised for another playoff run, can count its blessings for a healthy Vernon Adams.
MISSOULA — While San Diego is certainly a less formidable opponent for Montana than Eastern Washington – Ron Burgundy vs. Burgundy Turf – the Griz don’t seem fazed about the job that waits Saturday in Cheney, Wash.
If Montana is to push its FCS playoff run into the quarterfinals, it has to get over the hump against a familiar and heated rival.
MISSOULA — Don’t try to tell Montana football coach Mick Delaney his team is in for an easy ride on Saturday.
A closer look at Saturday’s first-round playoff matchups for Montana and Montana State:
MISSOULA — Montana’s 11-game football schedule in 2015 will feature six home game, as well as matchups against four teams that are currently participating in this year’s Division I NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Montana’s pilfering defense was the impetus of a 34-7 victory over Montana State on Saturday, no doubt.
Fresh off a thrashing of the rival Bobcats, the University of Montana football team draws a favorable foe in San Diego in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
MISSOULA — All things considered, Montana’s first-round playoff scenario couldn’t get much better.
MISSOULA — Jordan Johnson, after he’d directed No. 13 Montana to a dominating 34-7 victory over in-state rival and 12th-ranked Montana State, had the most relevant testimony of all.
Montana dominated Montana State in the 114th meeting between the long time rivals in front of a record 26,352 fans at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Final score: Griz 34, Cats 7. The Bobcats turned the ball over seven times and the Grizzlies took advantage in a big way.
MISSOULA -- He’s climbed these steps many times over the past 28 years, a stretch dating back to 1986 when Washington-Grizzly Stadium opened on the University of Montana campus.
MISSOULA — Though technically impossible, Montana coach Mick Delaney’s point was well taken when he opined, “you could be dead and still have energy this week.”
MISSOULA — Quinn Catalano called this a moment in which Montana State “can take the next step.”
MISSOULA — Slow starts have been a sticky issue for the Montana football team lately.
MISSOULA — Montana will host North Dakota State on ESPN as part of the network’s second “FCS Kickoff” on Aug. 29, 2015.
The Montana State Bobcats come to Missoula for the annual season-finale Brawl of the Wild. Griz Tracks guys Bill Speltz and AJ Mazzolini break down the matchup and all the playoff implications on the line this week.