FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — It had been five years since Montana State went on the road to play Northern Arizona. The Bobcats may not want to come back.
DAVIS, Calif. — The hot start that coach Bob Stitt has put so much weight into eluded the Grizzlies once more Saturday.
DAVIS, Calif. — Any team in the Big Sky is capable of beating any other team on any weekend. UC Davis proved as much last November by derailing Cal Poly's playoff hopes with the Aggies' only Division I win of the year.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Northern Arizona has one of the best defensive players in the Big Sky Conference in All-America cornerback Marcus Alford.
MISSOULA — Ben Scott has rather fond memories of Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Even with a loss.
If Montana is to repeat as the Big Sky Conference's regular-season champion this year, it won't come as a surprise to anybody.
In a year of preseason uncertainty in the Big Sky Conference — other than all 12 teams being guaranteed a spot in the postseason tournament at Reno, Nevada — consider Wednesday’s announcement a testimonial to the annual work done by the Montana women’s basketball coaching staff.
BOZEMAN — In the aftermath of a 45-28 Big Sky Conference victory over Cal Poly, Montana State coach Rob Ash declared it one of the most complete performances he’s been a part of.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE GOLF
BOZEMAN — For the second consecutive season, Mitch Griebel is quarterback Dakota Prukop’s favorite target in Montana State’s passing offense. Griebel’s 16 catches pace the Bobcats through three games. He had a team-high 45 receptions last year.
MISSOULA — Washington-Grizzly Stadium was one of the first sights coach Bob Stitt took in when visiting Montana during the interview phase of his hiring process last winter, the home of his future Grizzly teams.
Joe O’Brien was pacing back and forth, his voice rising and falling for emphasis.
Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop is on fire.
MISSOULA — It’s been tough slogging for the Montana running attack this season.
BOZEMAN -- Natalie Passeck came away with 15 kills Saturday night in leading Montana State University past Montana 12-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 in Big Sky Conference women's volleyball at Shroyer Gym.
BOZEMAN — Tight end Beau Sandland sees himself as just another weapon in Montana State’s offense, even though the Bobcats have been hyping him pretty steadily since he transferred from Miami (Fla.) last September.
MISSOULA — Bob Stitt might have come to Montana in decent health, but his Grizzlies are wearing out the head man’s ticker at this rate.
BOZEMAN — When everything else failed, Cal Poly tried to knock Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop off his game by slamming him to the turf after the whistle blew to end a play in the second quarter of Saturday’s Homecoming game at Bobcat Stadium.
BOZEMAN — Nobody thinks the Montana State defense is there just yet.
BOZEMAN — When Dakota Prukop thinks about Cal Poly, he reaches a single conclusion.
MISSOULA — When the Montana Grizzlies shocked the FCS world last month, slaying Goliath in front of a national television audience in coach Bob Stitt’s first game in maroon, their victory over North Dakota State changed things.
BOZEMAN — As assistant coaches, J.J. Riley and Brian Doyon spent three seasons working together to help turn the University of Utah into one of the top volleyball programs in the Pacific-12 Conference.
MISSOULA — Much has been made this week about the new set of hands on the wheel of Montana’s offensive backfield. Turns out the Grizzlies aren’t the only team facing a quarterback crisis.
BOZEMAN — Cal Poly coach Tim Walsh characterized last week’s 34-20 loss to No. 7 Northern Iowa as “probably the worst game we’ve played in a while.”
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