OGDEN, Utah – Montana’s football dynasty was ranked the No. 1 moment in the Big Sky Conference’s “50 Greatest” countdown Thursday.
A panel of former and current coaches, administrators and media members selected the conference’s best moments as part of its celebration of 50 years of men’s athletics.
Since Montana opened Washington-Grizzly Stadium in 1986, the Grizzlies have won 15 Big Sky championships and qualified for the playoffs 20 times, including 17 consecutive appearances from 1993-2009. Montana won or shared 12 straight Big Sky titles from 1998-2009 and appeared in seven national championship games, winning two.
The Grizzlies recorded 26 consecutive winning seasons from 1986-2011 and compiled an overall record of 270-91 from 1986-2013. They went 168-45 in the Big Sky in that span, and their 119 victories from 2000-09 lead all Division I teams in the decade.