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.
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.
Montana State’s 34-16 quarterfinal loss to Sam Houston State last week left Eastern Washington to carry the playoff torch for the Big Sky Conference.
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.
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.
In August, Shay Smithwick-Hann described the quarterback competition at Montana as collective, not individual.
As North Dakota quarterback Braden Hanson and wide receiver Greg Hardin piled up record-setting numbers against Montana, Rob Ash sat in amazement.
Quarterback Braden Hanson and wideout Greg Hardin put on an incredible air show Saturday, burning the Montana Grizzlies up and down the field in North Dakota’s 40-34 Big Sky Conference victory.
The University of North Dakota carries a proud football tradition not unlike that of the Montana Grizzlies.
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.
GREELEY, Colo. — The defense came to play Saturday for the suddenly ball-hawking Montana Grizzlies, while the offense maybe just needed a half to warm up.
Winning hasn’t been constant at Montana yet this season, and that’s an anomaly. For the first time in 14 years the Grizzlies (3-2, 0-2 Big Sky) aren’t ranked in the Top 25 poll.
MISSOULA -- University of Montana quarterback Trent McKinney is one of 16 players named to the first list of candidates for the Rice Award, which is given to the top freshman football player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
There’s no time like the present time for the Montana Grizzlies to cure their ills.
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