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Jerome Souers, Northern Arizona

SNAKEBITTEN: Northern Arizona coach Jerome Souers is 0-14 all-time against Montana. Will the Griz make it 15 in a row on Saturday?

The Grizzlies have a dominant record against a number of opponents, but none more ridiculous than their recent mastery of Northern Arizona. It seems I write this blog every year, but it can't go unmentioned.

When NAU visits Missoula on Saturday for the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams, Montana will look to continue its run of supremacy against the Lumberjacks. Amazingly, the Griz have won 14 consecutive games against NAU dating back to 1998, and 23 of the last 25 since 1987.

On the wrong end of the 14-year streak is Lumberjacks coach Jerome Souers. Souers helped build the Grizzlies into a national contender in the late 1980s and '90s before taking the NAU job in 1998, but he's found zero success against his former school.

Here is a look at the year-by-year, head-to-head scores between UM and NAU since Souers took over in Flagstaff:

  • 1998: Montana 33, Northern Arizona 24
  • 1999: Montana 42, Northern Arizona 23
  • 2000: Montana 17, Northern Arizona 7
  • 2001: Montana 38, Northern Arizona 27
  • 2002: Montana 38, Northern Arizona 24
  • 2003: Montana 59, Northern Arizona 21
  • 2004: Montana 34, Northern Arizona 22
  • 2005: Montana 23, Northern Arizona 0
  • 2006: Montana 24, Northern Arizona 21
  • 2007: Montana 21, Northern Arizona 16
  • 2008: Montana 45, Northern Arizona 10
  • 2009: Montana 41, Northern Arizona 34 (OT)
  • 2010: Montana 24, Northern Arizona 21
  • 2011: Montana 28, Northern Arizona 24

Souers has come close to snapping the streak in each of the last three seasons, only to watch the Griz snatch away victories. Included in that was C.J. Atkins' miracle catch at the very end of the 2010 game at Washington Grizzly Stadium.

What will happen this time around? If the last few years is a guide, it'll be a great game.

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