MISSOULA — The key players and position grades from No. 19 Montana's 41-34 win over Sacramento State at Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Quick recap

Montana scored five touchdowns and made two field goals during Saturday's game and Sacramento State scored four touchdowns and made two field goals. Montana had 585 net yards compared to Sacramento State's 510.


Players of the game

Several players stood out in Montana's win over Sacramento State. Including...

Offense: Dalton Sneed. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound junior quarterback from Scottsdale, Arizona, had a record-setting 206 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 234 yards passing and a throwing score.

Sneed's 206 rushing yards were the most ground yards by a Grizzly quarterback in UM history.

Sneed's 206 rushing yards were the most by a Grizzly offensive player since Canada racked up 211 yards in 2014 against Southern Utah. His outing was also the eighth-highest rushing day by any Grizzly player in the history of the program.

Defense: Josh Buss. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior linebacker from Boise, Idaho, recorded 11 tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 25 yards. He also had a pass breakup.

Buss now has 16½ career sacks, moving him from 16th in the record book to 13th. He needs one more sack to tie Jace Palmer, Kroy Biermann and Dustin Dlouhy for 12th all-time.

He now also has 41½ career tackles for loss, leaping over Jason Crebo into 7th all-time in program history.

Special Teams: Tim Semenza. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior kicker from San Diego was a perfect 7-of-7 on his kicks, making all five PATs and two field goals from 25 and 24 yards out.

Semenza has now made all eight of his field goal attempts on the year and 14 of his 16 PATs. 

This week's honorable mentions were:

Offense: Gabe Sulser. The 5-foot-9, 161-pound true freshman wide receiver from Billings made his one touch count. He ran his first career carry 53 yards for a touchdown.

Defense: Dante Olson. The 6-foot-3, 237-pound junior linebacker from Medford, Oregon, recorded 15 tackles, including one tackle for a loss of five yards. He also had a sack, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

Special Teams: Eric Williams. The 6-foot, 188-pound senior punter from Missoula punted six times for 253 yards, averaging 42.2 yards per punt. He had one punt land inside the 20.


Report card

Quarterbacks: A+

Dalton Sneed dominated with 234 yards passing, a passing TD, 206 yards rushing and three rushing TDs.

Running backs: B-

Adam Eastwood cracked the 70-yard threshold and Jeremy Calhoun added five carries for 20 yards in his first game back from suspension.

Wide receivers/Tight ends: A-

Seven receivers/tight ends were involved in the game, including freshmen Gabe Sulser, Matt Rensvold and Bryson Deming. Sulser had a rushing TD, Rensvold had a receiving TD. Jerry Louie-McGee led with 91 yards receiving.

Offensive line: B+

Sneed praised the work of the offensive line after the game and their ability to create huge holes to run through. Sneed was sacked twice, though.

Defensive line: B

Montana's top four defensive linemen combined for 20 tackles, one tackle for loss and ½ a sack. Those four: David Shaw with eight tackles; Reggie Tilleman with five tackles and a ½ tackle for loss; Jesse Sims with four tackles; Braydon Deming with three tackles and ½ a sack.

Linebackers: A

Dante Olson had 15 tackles, one tackle for loss, a sack, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup. Josh Buss had 11 tackles, three sacks and a pass breakup. Jace Lewis added six tackles and ½ a sack. Marcus Welnel had two tackles, too, and added ½ a sack.

Defensive backs: B-

Robby Hauck had seven tackles, Justin Calhoun had five tackles and a pass breakup, but the secondary gave up 259 passing yards.

Special teams: A

Tim Semenza was perfect on his five PATs and two field goals. Eric Williams averaged 42.2 yards per punt too.

Subscribe to Breaking News

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Amie Just covers Griz football and Missoula-area preps. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.