MISSOULA — The bye week was like money in the bank for the seventh-ranked Montana football team.
MISSOULA — When it comes to sacrifice, Shay Smithwick-Hann sets the standard for the Montana football team.
MISSOULA -- Montana football coach Mick Delaney said Tuesday that his starting quarterback, Jordan Johnson, is “doing fine and the ankle is good.”
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — After fighting back from a life-threatening stroke two years ago, you had to figure a little football adversity wasn’t going to bring down Daniel Sullivan.
Vernon Adams and Eastern Washington nearly did it again.
MISSOULA -- Just like Montana last weekend at Wyoming, Central Washington will play up Saturday with every intention of cutting down its so-called superior foe.
MISSOULA -- Montana’s offense scored three touchdowns, including a 9-yard pass from Jordan Johnson to tight end Jordan Harper, but it was a night for defense Saturday at the Grizzlies’ annual spring football game.
DAVIS, Calif. — Nine minutes into Saturday’s game it was already apparent: UC Davis’ upset plans for 11th-ranked Montana were little more than California dreaming.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Northern Arizona has the most opportunistic defense in the Big Sky Conference, and it delivered in a big way against Montana on Saturday night.
MISSOULA -- A fairy tale first quarter proved more than enough for Montana.
At the end of last season, a turbulent year that saw the Grizzlies lose quarterback Jordan Johnson to off-the-field questions, finish below .500 for the first time since 1985 and miss the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons, coach Mick Delaney made an ominous statement:
RONAN -- For the second time in spring drills, defense was the dominant force in Montana’s football scrimmage Saturday afternoon.
MISSOULA -- The Montana Grizzlies are taking their second football scrimmage of the spring practice season on the road Saturday to Ronan.
When the verdict was read, Jordan Johnson couldn’t contain his tears.
MISSOULA -- Timm Rosenbach, hired by Robin Pflugrad to coach Montana’s offense in February, is leaving the Grizzlies after just one season to join his old friend at Weber State, Jody Sears.
What a long, strange trip it was.
MISSOULA — The compliments flew all week.
We're one day closer to kickoff for the 112th meeting between Montana and Montana State -- the biggest event in our great state every year.
The buildup to the Cat-Griz game, in many ways, is more fun than the game itself. There’s always plenty of hype -- not to mention bitterness and bad feelings between the two fan bases.
Montana coach Mick Delaney says his Grizzlies will have to play their best game of the season to beat Montana State on Nov. 17 in Missoula. And he’s probably right.