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Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed (11) points as he runs with the ball in the third quarter of Saturday's win over Sacramento State at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

MISSOULA — Junior quarterback Dalton Sneed's performance on the ground against Sacramento State undoubtedly turned some heads.

His 206 rushing yards were the most by a UM quarterback in program history; eighth best rushing yards in a game by any Montana offensive player. His 75-yard touchdown run was the 11th longest rushing score in UM history. Sneed was the 17th player to score three or more rushing touchdowns in a game. 

Sneed was also just the fourth Montana quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards since 1988. 

Who are the others? Not Dave Dickenson or Brian Ah Yat. Not Brad Lebo. Not Drew Miller or Craig Ochs. Not Grady Bennett or Cole Bergquist, either, though they both were close. And, technically, not John Edwards (but that can be argued).

A look back at the other three players:

Makena Simis vs. NAU, 2017 

Sure, Simis had transitioned into what Bob Stitt's offense called an "H" wide receiver, but he suited up at quarterback in an emergency role after Gresch Jensen sat out due to a concussion and Caleb Hill didn't perform the way Montana's coaching staff liked. 

Simis carried the ball 19 times for a net gain of 101 yards in a gritty performance to lead Montana over No. 18 Northern Arizona

"This week was a little weird. It's weird when you haven't done it in two years," Simis said back then of playing quarterback for the first time in two years. "I think that was pretty visible with some of my throws. What I do know is, I know the offense pretty well and I have a pretty solid command, know where people are supposed to be. I felt pretty comfortable. Our O-line did such a good job."

Simis' game was the last time any Grizzly, let alone a quarterback, rushed for more than 100 yards before Saturday. The last Grizzly before him, regardless of position, who rushed for more than 100 yards was running back John Nguyen, who had 116 yards against Sacramento State in 2016.

Simis vs. Idaho State, 2015

Three weeks after Chad Chalich broke his foot and six weeks after Brady Gustafson hurt his leg, Simis aided the Grizzlies to a 33-27 overtime victory  at Idaho State, pacing all rushers with 105 yards on the ground.

Simis' yardage wasn't the story of that game, though. Idaho State botched a field goal in overtime and Eric Johnson returned the fumble for a touchdown to boost Montana to victory.

Jordan Johnson vs. Eastern Washington, 2011

Johnson, a sophomore, piled up 102 rushing yards on 10 carries in Montana's 17-14 win over No. 10 Eastern Washington back in 2011. His longest run of the day was a 44-yard scramble that set up a short rushing touchdown by Dan Moore early in the first quarter. 

Johnson was the Grizzlies' leading rusher that day in what ended up being the highest team rushing total in 98 games. 

Brandon Neill vs. Weber State, 2001

Neill was not even close to leading the Grizzlies in their rushing attack in the 38-23 win over Weber State, as Yo Humphery carried the ball a school-record 38 times for a school-record 284 yards with a school-record four rushing touchdowns.

Neill recorded 102 yards against the Wildcats to help put the Grizzlies at 405 total yards rushing. 

*John Edwards vs. Northern Iowa, 2001

Due to archaic NCAA rules, Edwards' 111 rushing yards in Montana's playoff game against Northern Iowa don't count toward his season or career totals at Montana, but the game still happened. He hit 95 rushing yards in the first quarter alone in the Grizzlies' 38-0 win.

The 2001 season was the last year where postseason stats didn't count in overall stats.

Honorable mentions: 

Former Montana quarterback Grady Bennett scrambled for more than 100 yards against Montana State in 1990, but his net yardage fell to 78 (a career high) after being sacked a few times. His 476 yards of total offense in that game were a school record at the time. 

Former Montana quarterback Cole Bergquist was close twice to eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark.

Bergquist actually gained 119 yards against Portland State in 2008, but was sacked four times for a loss of 28 yards to put his net total at 91. Bergquist also had 89 yards on the ground on nine carries with one touchdown in 2007 against Albany.

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

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