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GRIZZLY GAME DAY | DEREK CRITTENDEN

Football smarts Griz defensive end’s passion split between gridiron, academia AJ MAZZOLINI ajmazzolini@missoulian.com‌

‌Ask around in a football locker room and you’ll hear at lot of the same thing. What did you want to be when you grew up? A professional player of course, the pinnacle of the sport in the NFL. But what does Derek Crittenden plan to do when he’s done with school? That takes a bit more explaining and perhaps an understanding beyond what’s offered in Chem 101. “Nano-technology immersed in medicine, the forefront of medicine right now,” Montana’s burly defensive end begins. “If I could go to Oxford, do organic synthesis, in that process I become almost a creator with molecules and then apply that to nano-technology.” You see Crittenden is more than a gridiron great, though he very much looks the part there as well at 6 feet, 3 inches and 245 pounds. The fifth-year senior from Whitefish has the brain power of a 1980s computer under his bear-pawed helmet, four President’s Awards for academic achievement in his back pocket and a 4.0 GPA streak that dates back a dozen years. And while he works to guide the Grizzlies to the top of the Big Sky Conference on the field this fall, Crittenden is also striving for another heralded feat: a Rhodes Scholarship.      Derek Crittenden’s favorite class? Oh that’s an easy one: Advanced Biochemistry 482. “It was really like studying

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Montana defensive end Derek Crittenden throws Cal Poly quarterback Chris Brown for a safety late in the game two weeks ago to put Montana up by two points. The Mustangs came back to win the game by one point in the final seconds. all the little machines in metabolism and the individual jobs to digest food and give you energy,” he explained. “It was so amazing.” Crittenden’s course load at the University of Montana has bulged with classes featuring similar titles, though now they range across campus into the liberal arts section of the

catalog. The 23-year-old graduated last May with a chemistry degree and mathematics minor, and he is now finishing up a philosophy degree during his final semester of undergraduate work. It’s likely to be his most hectic semester yet. A load of complex classes (Contemporary Moral and Political Theory anyone?) combined with football

obligations would be one thing, but he’s got a bit more than that on his plate. On Oct. 1, Crittenden submits his application to become a Rhodes Scholar. A committee at UM identified Crittenden as a potential candidate back in 2014. Not only did he have the grades to keep the idea afloat, but his résumé

filled out the rest of the requirements, too. The four criteria outlined in the 1902 will of Cecil Rhodes, which established the Rhodes Trust to support outstanding students at the University of Oxford in England, are vague in their description. Like See CRITTENDEN,, Page A4


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Crittenden Continued

moral force of character and instincts to lead do begin to paint a picture, though. Originally the language also included another stipulation — a student with energy to do the world’s work, demDEREK onstrated by CRITTENDEN a fondness for collegiate athletics. In the modern era that rarely applies to varsity sports, especially one as encapsulating as No. 47 football, Year: R-Sr. said Ashby Kinch, a Position: professor Defensive End of English at UM and Height: 6-3 the school’s Weight: 245 Rhodes representative. Hometown: “But Whitefish, when a Mont. candidate emerges who is in a collegiate sport, especially a collegiate sport as competitive as football, it meets the criteria as robustly as it can,” said Kinch, Crittenden’s Rhodes adviser. “It takes you back to the founding sense of Cecil Rhodes’s will.”

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Montana defensive end Derek Crittenden, 47, celebrates after sacking Cal Poly quarterback Chris Brown for a safety late in the game two weeks ago.

Morrison earned the school its last Rhodes in 1993. Crittenden’s inclusion this far represents a dive into the top fraction of the nation’s student population, but the District 14 Eighty students from (Montana, Idaho, Washington, around the world are chosen Oregon, Alaska) committee each year as recipients of a won’t rule on finalists for interRhodes Scholarship, paying their way to Oxford. Of those 80, views for another month. Until then the Grizzly’s 32 come from the United States schedule is the kind that — two each from 16 districts. would give most college kids The University of Montana nightmares. Wake up before the has a long history with the sun in the 6 o’clock hour, lift Rhodes, producing 28 scholars weights and watch game film, dating back to 1904. Though classes in the heat of the day, UM has had six finalists in the more film and team meetings, past 10 years, including Mara practice until dinner time, study Menahan last year, no student until midnight. has made it past the interOftentimes even later. view process since Charlotte

“He’s unhuman; his schedule is unreal,” said fellow senior Griz lineman Tyrone Holmes. “He’s gonna be successful in the future just because of the work ethic.” But when does Crittenden sleep? “My body just sort of gets used to it,” he said. “I find my energy in being motivated to accomplish more and once I accomplish more, I get this artificial sense of energy. That feeds me throughout the day.” The Crittendens moved from Utah to the northwest corner of Montana when Derek was in first grade. Around the time of his last B — a B+ to be more accurate, back in fourth-grade

English — the youngster was falling in love with the lore of Griz football By high school, the honor society member and perennial honor role recipient was beginning to think big picture. He’d talked with officials at Dartmouth and Harvard about attending the prestigious universities, maybe playing a little football even. Then came a scholarship offer from the ol’ ball coach, Mick Delaney, at Montana. “It was sort of a deep, deep childhood dream and I couldn’t turn it down,” Crittenden said. Four years later he has 100 tackles to his name and a starting spot on the Grizzlies’

defensive line. His peers voted him senior captain before the season. But when asked to reflect on how he got here, to an absurd intersection of athletic and academic excellence that could carry him to the English-speaking world’s oldest university, Crittenden can’t. For a man who loves to think, he hasn’t put much thought into this one. “It’s crazy and I guess the weirdest thing is,” he began before a long pause, “they chose me. ... It’s the best of the best in the academic world, unarguably the most prestigious scholarship you can get.” See CRITTENDEN, Page A8


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GRIZZLY GAME DAY | MATCHUPS

BIG SKY CONFERENCE STATISTICS TEAM STATISTICS

UC Davis 2 76 472 6.2 5 236.0 Montana 2 121 559 4.6 4 279.5 ‌SCORING OFFENSE Weber State 2 108 586 5.4 2 293.0 G TD FG XPT 2XP DXP Saf Points Avg/G‌ Eastern Washington 2 105 751 7.2 7 375.5 Montana State 1 6 1 6 0 0 0 45 45.0 ‌PASS OFFENSE Eastern Washington 2 11 0 11 0 0 0 77 38.5 G Comp Att Int Pct. Yards Avg. TD Avg. Northern Colorado 2 11 0 10 0 0 0 76 38.0 Eastern Washington 2 74 102 3 72.5 964 9.5 9 482.0 2 70 122 4 57.4 787 6.5 4 393.5 Northern Arizona 2 9 4 9 0 0 0 75 37.5 Montana 2 35 51 0 68.6 663 13.0 6 331.5 Idaho State 2 10 0 9 0 0 0 69 34.5 Northern Arizona Idaho State 2 46 75 3 61.3 559 7.5 8 279.5 Portland State 2 7 3 7 0 0 0 58 29.0 Montana State 1 20 32 0 62.5 258 8.1 3 258.0 Montana 2 6 4 5 1 0 1 57 28.5 Sacramento State 2 43 75 1 57.3 497 6.6 2 248.5 North Dakota 2 6 1 6 0 0 0 45 22.5 UC Davis 2 53 86 3 61.6 478 5.6 2 239.0 Sacramento State 2 5 2 5 0 0 0 41 20.5 Northern Colorado 2 33 55 0 60.0 443 8.1 3 221.5 2 32 53 0 60.4 413 7.8 3 206.5 Cal Poly 2 5 2 5 0 0 0 41 20.5 North Dakota 2 31 63 2 49.2 273 4.3 1 136.5 UC Davis 2 4 2 4 0 0 0 34 17.0 Weber State 2 35 65 1 53.8 254 3.9 2 127.0 Weber State 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 21 10.5 Southern Utah 2 14 28 1 50.0 167 6.0 1 83.5 Southern Utah 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 19 9.5 Portland State Cal Poly 2 8 21 0 38.1 102 4.9 2 51.0 ‌SCORING DEFENSE ‌PASS DEFENSE G TD FG XPT 2XP DXP Saf Points Avg/G‌ G Comp Att Int Pct. Yards Avg. TD Avg. Montana State 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 14 14.0 2 20 48 2 41.7 188 3.9 1 94.0 Portland State 2 4 1 4 0 0 0 31 15.5 Idaho State 1 10 17 1 58.8 103 6.1 2 103.0 North Dakota 2 4 1 2 0 0 1 31 15.5 Montana State 2 20 41 0 48.8 254 6.2 3 127.0 Northern Arizona 2 4 1 4 0 0 1 33 16.5 Montana Idaho State 2 4 2 4 0 0 0 34 17.0 UC Davis 2 25 45 1 55.6 300 6.7 2 150.0 Northern Colorado 2 5 3 5 0 0 0 44 22.0 Northern Arizona 2 39 68 1 57.4 377 5.5 1 188.5 Cal Poly 2 7 1 7 0 0 1 54 27.0 Weber State 2 31 51 1 60.8 391 7.7 5 195.5 Montana 2 7 2 7 0 0 0 55 27.5 Northern Colorado 2 38 68 1 55.9 424 6.2 3 212.0 UC Davis 2 7 3 7 0 0 0 58 29.0 36 51 0 70.6 440 8.6 5 220.0 Weber State 2 7 6 7 0 0 0 67 33.5 Eastern Washington 2 2 49 86 4 57.0 488 5.7 4 244.0 Southern Utah 2 8 3 8 0 1 0 67 33.5 Portland State 38 58 0 65.5 489 8.4 3 244.5 Sacramento State 2 10 0 9 0 0 0 69 34.5 Sacramento State 2 Eastern Washington 2 13 3 12 0 0 0 99 49.5 Southern Utah 2 36 63 1 57.1 501 8.0 3 250.5 ‌TOTAL OFFENSE North Dakota 2 43 81 0 53.1 538 6.6 3 269.0 G Rush Pass Plays Yards Avg/P TD Avg/G‌ Cal Poly 2 63 100 4 63.0 636 6.4 4 318.0 Eastern Washington 2 137 964 158 1101 7.0 11 550.5 ‌PUNTING Montana 2 216 787 184 1003 5.5 6 501.5 G No. Yards Avg/P Ret. Avg. TB Net/P‌ Northern Arizona 2 302 663 128 965 7.5 9 482.5 2 11 524 47.6 27 2.5 2 41.5 Idaho State 2 393 559 161 952 5.9 9 476.0 North Dakota 2 10 411 41.1 0 0.0 0 41.1 Montana State 1 163 258 70 421 6.0 6 421.0 Idaho State 2 11 432 39.3 6 0.5 0 38.7 Northern Colorado 2 387 443 129 830 6.4 10 415.0 Portland State Cal Poly 2 614 102 169 716 4.2 5 358.0 Montana 2 8 310 38.8 1 0.1 0 38.6 North Dakota 2 301 413 143 714 5.0 6 357.0 Weber State 2 20 814 40.7 47 2.3 0 38.3 Sacramento State 2 214 497 139 711 5.1 4 355.5 Northern Arizona 2 10 440 44.0 27 2.7 2 37.3 Portland State 2 469 167 129 636 4.9 6 318.0 UC Davis 2 149 478 145 627 4.3 4 313.5 Northern Colorado 2 9 334 37.1 -1 -0.1 0 37.2 Southern Utah 2 177 254 125 431 3.4 2 215.5 Sacramento State 2 11 436 39.6 30 2.7 0 36.9 2 15 574 38.3 4 0.3 1 36.7 Weber State 2 111 273 103 384 3.7 1 192.0 Cal Poly Eastern Washington 2 12 421 35.1 7 0.6 0 34.5 ‌TOTAL DEFENSE G Rush Pass Plays Yards Avg/P TD Avg/G‌ Southern Utah 2 24 1049 43.7 208 8.7 1 34.2 Idaho State 2 309 188 132 497 3.8 3 248.5 UC Davis 2 12 469 39.1 39 3.2 2 32.5 Montana State 1 174 103 62 277 4.5 2 277.0 Montana State 1 4 138 34.5 17 4.2 0 30.2 Northern Arizona 2 208 377 142 585 4.1 4 292.5 ‌FIELD GOALS North Dakota 2 67 538 124 605 4.9 4 302.5 G Made-Att Pct.‌ Portland State 2 165 488 152 653 4.3 4 326.5 2 4-4 1.000 UC Davis 2 472 300 121 772 6.4 7 386.0 Northern Arizona 2 3-3 1.000 Sacramento State 2 299 489 116 788 6.8 9 394.0 Portland State Montana 2 559 254 162 813 5.0 7 406.5 UC Davis 2 2-2 1.000 Southern Utah 2 328 501 139 829 6.0 7 414.5 Southern Utah 2 2-2 1.000 Northern Colorado 2 467 424 171 891 5.2 5 445.5 Montana State 1 1-1 1.000 Weber State 2 586 391 159 977 6.1 7 488.5 Montana 2 4-5 .800 Cal Poly 2 354 636 172 990 5.8 7 495.0 2 2-3 .667 Eastern Washington 2 751 440 156 1191 7.6 12 595.5 Cal Poly Sacramento State 2 2-4 .500 ‌RUSHING OFFENSE 2 1-3 .333 G Att Yards Avg. TD Yards/G‌ North Dakota 2 0-1 .000 Cal Poly 2 148 614 4.1 3 307.0 Weber State Portland State 2 101 469 4.6 5 234.5 Eastern Washington 2 0-0 .000 Idaho State 2 86 393 4.6 1 196.5 Idaho State 2 0-0 .000 Northern Colorado 2 74 387 5.2 7 193.5 Northern Colorado 2 0-2 .000 Montana State 1 38 163 4.3 3 163.0 ‌‌SACKS BY Northern Arizona 2 77 302 3.9 3 151.0 G No. Yards‌ North Dakota 2 90 301 3.3 3 150.5 Northern Arizona 2 8 52 Montana 2 62 216 3.5 2 108.0 North Dakota 2 8 53 Sacramento State 2 64 214 3.3 2 107.0 Northern Colorado 2 7 37 Southern Utah 2 60 177 3.0 0 88.5 Sacramento State 2 6 38 UC Davis 2 59 149 2.5 2 74.5 Montana 2 4 23 Eastern Washington 2 56 137 2.4 2 68.5 Idaho State 2 4 31 Weber State 2 40 111 2.8 0 55.5 Southern Utah 2 4 17 ‌RUSHING DEFENSE Eastern Washington 2 4 22 G Att Yards Avg. TD Yards/G‌ UC Davis 2 3 22 North Dakota 2 43 67 1.6 1 33.5 Montana State 1 3 12 Portland State 2 66 165 2.5 0 82.5 Portland State 2 3 17 Northern Arizona 2 74 208 2.8 3 104.0 Weber State 2 2 11 Sacramento State 2 58 299 5.2 6 149.5 Cal Poly 2 2 12 Idaho State 2 84 309 3.7 2 154.5 S ‌ ACKS AGAINST Southern Utah 2 76 328 4.3 4 164.0 G No. Yards‌ Montana State 1 45 174 3.9 0 174.0 1 0 0 Cal Poly 2 72 354 4.9 3 177.0 Montana State Northern Colorado 2 103 467 4.5 2 233.5 Sacramento State 2 1 6

Idaho State Montana Northern Colorado Northern Arizona Weber State Eastern Washington North Dakota Cal Poly UC Davis Portland State Southern Utah

2 2 7 Sacramento State 2 6 24 25.0 2 10 34 29.4 2 3 19 Northern Arizona Montana State 1 4 13 30.8 2 3 18 2 6 19 31.6 2 3 47 UC Davis Montana 2 13 37 35.1 2 4 24 Southern Utah 2 11 31 35.5 2 4 15 Cal Poly 2 14 35 40.0 2 4 19 Eastern Washington 2 10 24 41.7 2 4 12 Weber State 2 15 35 42.9 2 18 42 42.9 2 5 47 Northern Colorado 4 ‌ TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS 2 5 36 G Conv. Att. Pct.‌ 2 8 42 Eastern Washington 2 4 4 100.0 ‌FIRST DOWNS Montana State 1 2 2 100.0 G Rush Pass Pen Total Avg/G‌ Northern Arizona 2 1 1 100.0 Eastern Washington 2 10 37 6 53 26.5 2 2 3 66.7 Montana 2 13 30 7 50 25.0 North Dakota 2 6 9 66.7 Idaho State 2 20 26 3 49 24.5 Cal Poly Portland State 2 1 2 50.0 Northern Colorado 2 20 20 3 43 21.5 Montana 2 4 9 44.4 Northern Arizona 2 17 21 3 41 20.5 2 3 7 42.9 Cal Poly 2 34 4 1 39 19.5 Idaho State 2 1 3 33.3 Sacramento State 2 12 25 1 38 19.0 Weber State Sacramento State 2 1 3 33.3 UC Davis 2 10 23 5 38 19.0 2 1 3 33.3 Portland State 2 26 9 1 36 18.0 UC Davis 2 0 2 0.0 North Dakota 2 15 16 4 35 17.5 Southern Utah 2 0 0 0.0 Southern Utah 2 11 12 3 26 13.0 Northern Colorado Montana State 1 8 12 3 23 23.0 Weber State 2 6 7 2 15 7.5 ‌TIME OF POSSESSION G Poss. Time Avg/G‌ ‌OPPONENT 1ST DOWNS 2 69:06 34:33 G Rush Pass Pen Total Avg/G‌ North Dakota Cal Poly 2 68:00 34:00 Montana State 1 8 5 4 17 17.0 2 67:36 33:48 Idaho State 2 14 10 1 25 12.5 Sacramento State 2 65:20 32:40 North Dakota 2 5 20 4 29 14.5 UC Davis Portland State 2 64:12 32:06 Sacramento State 2 15 18 3 36 18.0 Eastern Washington 2 64:04 32:02 Northern Arizona 2 13 19 4 36 18.0 1 29:03 29:03 Portland State 2 13 21 2 36 18.0 Montana State 2 57:55 28:57 UC Davis 2 23 12 4 39 19.5 Idaho State Northern Arizona 2 54:14 27:07 Southern Utah 2 15 19 6 40 20.0 2 54:14 27:07 Montana 2 28 12 1 41 20.5 Southern Utah 2 49:06 24:33 Northern Colorado 2 23 20 1 44 22.0 Montana Weber State 2 29 16 4 49 24.5 Northern Colorado 2 48:20 24:10 Cal Poly 2 18 29 4 51 25.5 Weber State 2 44:31 22:15 Eastern Washington 2 34 20 5 59 29.5 ‌TURNOVER MARGIN ‌3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS Gain L G Conv. Att. Pct.‌ G Fumb Int Tot Fumb Int Tot Marg Per/G‌ Montana State 1 8 16 50.0 2 2 4 6 0 1 1 +5 2.50 UC Davis 2 15 34 44.1 Portland State 2 2 4 6 1 0 1 +5 2.50 Northern Colorado 2 10 23 43.5 Cal Poly Eastern Washington 2 12 29 41.4 Northern Colorado 2 3 1 4 0 0 0 +4 2.00 Sacramento State 2 12 29 41.4 Montana State 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 +2 2.00 North Dakota 2 13 35 37.1 Northern Arizona 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 +0 0.00 Portland State 2 10 27 37.0 Weber State 2 1 1 2 0 2 2 +0 0.00 Cal Poly 2 15 42 35.7 2 0 1 1 1 1 2 -1 -0.50 Montana 2 13 38 34.2 Southern Utah Northern Arizona 2 7 23 30.4 Sacramento State 2 1 0 1 2 1 3 -2 -1.00 2 1 1 2 1 3 4 -2 -1.00 Idaho State 2 9 30 30.0 UC Davis Southern Utah 2 3 31 9.7 Eastern Washington 2 1 0 1 0 3 3 -2 -1.00 Weber State 2 1 26 3.8 Idaho State 2 0 2 2 2 3 5 -3 -1.50 ‌OPP 3RD-DN CONVERT North Dakota 2 0 0 0 3 0 3 -3 -1.50 G Conv. Att. Pct.‌ 2 3 0 3 3 4 7 -4 -2.00 Idaho State 2 6 32 18.8 Montana

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GRIZZLY GAME DAY | STAT PACK

BY THE NUMBERS ‌MONTANA (1-1) STATISTICS

Griz Opp Scoring average 28.5 27.5 Rushing yards 216 559 Avg./Rush 3.5 4.6 Passing 70-122-4 20-41-0 Passing yards 787 254 Average per pass 6.5 6.2 Total offense 1003 813 Average per play 5.5 5.0 Plays per game 92 81 First downs 50 41 3rd-down conv. 13-38 13-37 4th-down conv. 4-9 6-10 Time of possession 24:33 35:27 Fumbles-lost 5-3 5-3 Kick returns 7-18.6 9-22.4 Punt returns 0-0.0 2-0.5 Punting 8-38.8 12-40.1 Sacks by-yards 4-23 3-19 Montana 17 18 7 15 – 57 Opponents 14 28 3 10 – 55     

‌Offensive Leaders

Rushing John Nguyen 33-156 (4.7 ypc), long 41, 0 TDs Brady Gustafson 14-33 (2.4), long 6, 1 TD Joey Counts 12-23 (1.9), long 6, 1 TD Chase Naccarato 1-6 (6.0), long 6, 0 TD Herbert Gamboa 1-0 (0.0), long 0, 0 TD Jamal Jones 1-(-2), long (-2), 0 TD Passing Brady Gustafson 70-119-4, 787 yards, long 62, 4 TDs Receiving Jones 17-205 (12.1 ypc), long 28, 1 TD Ellis Henderson 12-180 (15.0), long 62, 2 TD Nguyen 12-70 (5.8), long 19, 0 TDs Naccarato 10-81 (8.1), long 25, 0 TDs Reese Carlson 7-80 (11.4), long 31, 0 TDs Ryan Burke 4-34 (8.5), long 10, 0 TDs Josh Horner 2-75 (37.5), long 44, 0 TDs Ben Roberts 2-47 (23.5), long 38, 1 TD Counts 2-11 (5.5), long 7, 0 TDs

‌Defensive leaders

Tackles LB K. Van Ackeren 30, 9 solo LB Jeremiah Kose 23, 2 solo DE Tyrone Holmes 18, 3 solo DT Jamal Wilson 17, 1 solo DE Derek Crittenden 16, 1 solo S Yamen Sanders 16, 5 solo DT Nate Bradley 15, 2 solo S Justin Whitted 11, 1 solo LB Connor Lebsock 8, 2 solo CB JR Nelson 8, 6 solo Tackles for loss DE Holmes 2.0-12 DE Crittenden 1.0-5 DT Wilson 1.0-2 DE Schye 0.5-5 LB Van Ackeren 0.5-2 S Y. Sanders 0.5-2 LB Gamboa 0.5-0 Sacks DE Holmes 2.0-12 DT Wilson 1.0-2 DE Schye 0.5-5 DE Crittenden 0.5-4 Fumbles forced-recovered DE Tyrone Holmes 1-0 WR Henderson 1-1 LB Van Ackeren 0-2 Pass breakups CB Harris 2 CB Nelson 1 S Whitted 1 S Johnson 1

‌Special teams leaders

PATs/Field goals Daniel Sullivan 5-5/4-5, long 28, 0 blocked 17 points Punting Chris Lider 8-38.8, long 57, 3 inside 20, 0 blocked Kickoff returns WR Henderson 4-21.2, long 40, 0 TDs WR Jones 2-16.0, long 17, 0 TDs RB Counts 1-13.0, long 13, 0 TDs

LIBERTY (1-1) STATISTICS

Libert Opp Scoring average 24.5 27.0 Rushing yards 321 214 Avg./Rush 4.7 3.1 Passing 40-65-1 43-60-2 Passing yards 468 540 Average per pass 7.2 9.0 Total offense 789 754 Average per play 5.9 5.8 Plays per game 66.5 65 First downs 43 39 3rd-down conv. 10-26 13-26 4th-down conv. 2-3 1-1 Time of possession 33:38 26:22 Fumbles-lost 1-0 4-0 Kick returns 7-19.6 5-19.8 Punt returns 2-1.0 4-8.5 Punting 7-42.6 8-39.6 Sacks by-yards 7-48 1-8 Liberty 14 5 13 17 – 49 Opponents 6 20 21 7 – 54

‌Offensive leaders

Rushing Desmond Rice 31-176 (5.7 ypc), long 29, 2 TDs D.J. Abnar 18-96 (5.3), long 24, 0 TDs Tood Macon 12-44 (3.7), long 8, 1 TD Josh Woodrum 6-12 (2.0 ypc), long 12, 0 TDs Darrin Peterson 1-(-7), long -7, 0 TDs Passing Woodrum 40-64-1, 468 yards, long 60, 3 TDs Stephon Masha 0-1-0, 0 yards, 0 TDs Receiving Peterson 12-147 (12.2 ypc), long 26, 2 TDs Zac Parker 8-101 (12.6), long 60, 1 TD Rice 5-16 (3.2), long 10, 0 TDs Dante Shells 4-71 (17.8), long 36, 0 TDs B.J. Farrow 4-70, (17.5), long 20, 0 TDs Will Johnson 2-23 (11.5), long 16, 0 TDs Abnar 2-4 (2.0), long 4, 0 TDs Kendall Couamin 1-30 (30.0), long 30, 0 TDs Macon 1-3 (3.0), long 3, 0 TDs Canon Smith 1-3 (3.0), long 3, 0 TDs.

‌Defensive leaders

Tackles Nick Newman 13, 11 solo Dexer Robbins 9, 6 solo Avery James 13, 11 solo Alpha Jalloh 6, 4 solo Corbin Jackson 12, 10 solo JaRon Greene 5, 1 solo Chima Uzowihe 10, 8 solo Cam Jackson 5, 5 solo Jimmy O’Grady 9, 8 solo Wesley Scott 5, 5 solo Tackles for loss Uzowihe 3.5-26 Green 1.0-3 Corbin 3.0-16 Dia’Vante Brown 1.0-3 James 2.0-16 Erwin Dessources 1.0-2 Newman 2.0-5 Sacks Uzowihe 3.5-26 James 1.0-14 Newman 1.0-4 Javon Majors 0.5-2 Greene 0.5-1 Miles Hunter 0.5-1 Interceptions Scott 1-0 Chris Turner 1-0 Fumbles forced-recovered Newman 1-0 Uzowihe 1-0 O’Grady 1-0 Jalloh 1-0 Pass breakups Tyrin Holloway 2 Newman 1 O’Grady 1 Jalloh 1

‌Special teams leaders

PATs/Field goals John Lunsford 5-5/2-6, long 52, 1 blocked 11 points Punting Trey Turner 7-42.6, long 61, 1 inside 20, 0 blocked Punt returns Parker 2-1.0, long 3, 0 TDs Kickoff returns Abnar 4-19.2, long 25, 0 TDs Damian King 3-20.0, long 25, 0 TDs RB Counts 1-13.0, long 13, 0 TDs

FROM PAGE A5

Statistics Continued Individual Statistics ‌RUSHING Cl G Att. Yards Avg. TD Long Avg/G‌ Joe Protheroe-CP SO 2 57 242 4.2 1 23 121.0 Jakori Ford-ISU JR 2 31 228 7.4 0 22 114.0 Trae Riek-UNCO 2 37 227 6.1 3 37 113.5 Casey Jahn-NAU SR 2 36 206 5.7 0 56 103.0 John Santiago-UND FR 2 38 172 4.5 2 52 86.0 Alex Kuresa-PSU JR 2 30 156 5.2 1 25 78.0 John Nguyen-UM JR 2 33 156 4.7 0 41 78.0 Chris Brown-CP SR 2 39 155 4.0 2 60 77.5 David Jones-PSU SR 2 25 149 6.0 0 30 74.5 Xavier Finney-ISU SR 2 33 148 4.5 1 14 74.0 ‌PASSING AVG/GAME Cl G Cmp-Int Pct. Yds TD Lng Avg Brady Gustafson-UM JR 2 70-119-4 58.8 787 4 62 393.5 Jordan West-EWU JR 2 47-63-2 74.6 642 6 73 321.0 Case Cookus-NAU FR 2 30-42-0 71.4 563 5 57 281.5 Ben Scott-UCD JR 2 53-86-3 61.6 478 2 75 239.0 Daniel Kniffin-SAC SO 2 40-69-1 58.0 463 2 49 231.5 Michael Sanders-ISU JR 2 35-57-2 61.4 455 7 48 227.5 Keaton Studsrud-UND SO 2 32-53-0 60.4 413 3 59 206.5 Dakota Prukop-MSU JR 1 14-24-0 58.3 197 2 49 197.0 Jonathan

Newsom-UNCO 2 25-42-0 59.5 366 2 55 183.0 R. Hennessey-EWU FR 2 27-39-1 69.2 322 3 42 161.0 ‌RECEIVE YDS/GAME Cl G Rec. Yds TD Lng Rec Avg Avg Cooper Kupp-EWU JR 2 24 425 5 73 12.0 17.7 212.5 Emmanuel Butler-NAU SO 2 9 270 4 57 4.5 30.0 135.0 Jamaal Jones-UM SR 2 17 205 1 28 8.5 12.1 102.5 Justin Paige-MSU SO 1 2 95 0 49 2.0 47.5 95.0 Ellis Henderson-UM JR 2 12 180 2 62 6.0 15.0 90.0 Shane Harrison-SAC SR 2 12 180 0 49 6.0 15.0 90.0 Nic Sblendorio-EWU SO 2 13 178 0 42 6.5 13.7 89.0 Chris Martin-UCD JR 2 9 165 1 75 4.5 18.3 82.5 Alex Holmes-NAU SR 2 8 149 1 45 4.0 18.6 74.5 Kendrick Bourne-EWU JR 2 13 144 3 33 6.5 11.1 72.0 ‌TOTAL OFFENSE Cl G Rush Pass Plays Tot Yds/G‌ Brady Gustafson-UM JR 2 33 787 133 820 410.0 Jordan West-EWU JR 2 12 642 71 654 327.0 Case Cookus-NAU FR 2 50 563 58 613 306.5 Dakota Prukop-MSU JR 1 69 197 35 266 266.0 Daniel Kniffin-SAC SO 2 21 463 74 484 242.0 Ben Scott-UCD JR 2 -32 478 97 446 223.0 Keaton Studsrud-UND SO 2 28 413 68 441 220.5 Michael Sanders-ISU JR 2 -19 455 59 436 218.0 Jonathan Newsom-UNCO 2 49 366 57 415 207.5 R. Hennessey-EWU FR 2 23 322 45 345 172.5 ‌SCORING Cl G TD FG XPT 2XP Pts Pts/G‌ Cooper Kupp-EWU JR 2 5 0 0 0 30 15.0

Emmanuel Butler-NAU SO 2 4 0 0 0 24 12.0 Chad Newell-MSU JR 1 2 0 0 0 12 12.0 Trae Riek-UNCO 2 4 0 0 0 24 12.0 M. Herbert-MSU SO 1 2 0 0 0 12 12.0 Ryan Hawkins-NAU SR 2 0 4 9 0 21 10.5 Hagen Graves-ISU SO 2 3 0 0 0 18 9.0 Madison Mangum-ISU SR 2 3 0 0 0 18 9.0 Luke Daly-MSU SO 1 0 1 6 0 9 9.0 Kendrick Bourne-EWU JR 2 3 0 0 0 18 9.0 ‌TACKLES (All positions) Cl G Pos. Solo Ast. Tot Avg/G Sacks‌ K. Van Ackeren-UM SR 2 LB 9 21 30 15.0 0.0 Liljenquist, K.-WSU FR 2 LB 13 11 24 12.0 0.0 Tu’uta Inoke-CP SR 2 LB 12 11 23 11.5 0.0 Jeremiah Kose-UM SR 2 LB 2 21 23 11.5 0.0 James Riddle-UNCO 2 LB 4 19 23 11.5 0.0 AJ Isenburg-UNCO 2 LB 8 13 21 10.5 0.0 Jeremy Lutali-PSU SR 2 13 7 20 10.0 0.0 Taylor Risner-UNCO 2 SS 5 15 20 10.0 0.0 Mike Needham-SUU SR 2 LB 9 10 19 9.5 0.0 Chris Fletcher-CP SR 2 DB 12 6 18 9.0 0.0 Tyrone Holmes-UM SR 2 DE 3 15 18 9.0 2.0 Miles Killebrew-SUU SR 2 DB 10 7 17 8.5 0.0 Joey Banks-SAC FR 2 DB 11 6 17 8.5 1.0 Keifer Morris-UNCO 2 DE 7 10 17 8.5 2.5 Jamal Wilson-UM SR 2 DT 1 16 17 8.5 1.0 John Norcross-PSU SO 2 7 10 17 8.5 0.0 Miles Weatheroy-EWU SR 2 DB 15 1 16 8.0 0.0 Hayden Stout-ISU JR 2 LB 7 9 16 8.0 1.0

Jake Pettit-ISU Darnell Sankey-SAC Yamen Sanders-UM Jared Afalava-WSU Josh Burton-WSU D. Crittenden-UM Mac Bignell-MSU

JR 2 LB 5 11 16 8.0 0.0 SR 2 LB 7 9 16 8.0 1.0 JR 2 DB 5 11 16 8.0 0.0 JR 2 LB 9 7 16 8.0 0.0 JR 2 SAF 8 8 16 8.0 0.0 SR 2 DE 1 15 16 8.0 0.5 SO 1 LB 8 0 8 8.0 0.0 ‌SACKS Cl G Pos. Solo Ast. Yds Tot Avg/G‌ Keifer Morris-UNCO 2 DE 2 1 16 2.5 1.25 Alek Kacmarcik-EWU FR 2 LB 2 0 14 2.0 1.00 Zach McDonnell-NAU SR 2 DL 2 0 14 2.0 1.00 Taj Rich-UND JR 2 LB 2 0 14 2.0 1.00 Tyrone Holmes-UM SR 2 DE 2 0 12 2.0 1.00 James Cowser-SUU JR 2 DE 2 0 7 2.0 1.00 Austin Cieslak-UND FR 2 DL 1 1 12 1.5 0.75 S. Talalemotu-PSU JR 2 1 1 11 1.5 0.75 Lorenzo Melvin-NAU JR 2 DL 1 1 11 1.5 0.75 Khairi Bailey-UNCO 2 DL 1 1 7 1.5 0.75 Taylor Sheridan-MSU SR 1 DL 1 1 3 1.5 1.50 Kyle DeVaughn-UCD SR 2 DL 1 0 12 1.0 0.50 Kurt Karstetter-ISU SR 2 LB 1 0 10 1.0 0.50 Malcolm Thomas-SAC FR 2 DB 1 0 10 1.0 0.50 Devonte Johnson-WSU SR 2 CB 1 0 10 1.0 0.50 Cody Sorensen-ISU SR 2 DB 1 0 9 1.0 0.50 Cole Reyes-UND SO 2 DB 1 0 9 1.0 0.50 John Herrero-NAU SO 2 DL 1 0 9 1.0 0.50 Josh Bamrick-NAU SR 2 LB 1 0 8 1.0 0.50 R. Williams-ISU FR 2 DL 1 0 7 1.0 0.50


Missoulian, Saturday, September 19, 2015 — A7

GRIZZLY GAME DAY | STRENGTHS

THE EDGE ‌Missoulian reporter AJ MAZZOLINI assesses the strengths of both teams

QUARTERBACK: Liberty’s Josh Woodrum is 38 yards from 8,000 for his career as the active FCS leader in passing and is making his 36th career start. Montana’s Brady Gustafson is on his third start and threw some costly interceptions last week. OFFENSIVE LINE: The Griz have only allowed three sacks in their first two games, pretty good for the amount of dropbacks the pass-happy offense has made. The Flames have only allowed one and have three starters back. Advantage Liberty. RUNNING BACK: Liberty’s senior RBs D.J. Abnar and Desmond Rice each have All-Big South Conference accolades in their back pockets and have combined to rush for 272 yards on a 5.6-yard-per-carry clip this fall. Expect a lot of carries for this duo Saturday. WIDE RECEIVERS/TE: Sure Liberty has a preseason All-American in Darrin Peterson, a WR with close to 2,500 career yards, but the Griz have one of those too in Jamaal Jones. And he and Ellis Henderson are no Batman and Robin; they’re part of the Justice League of deep Grizzly receivers. Watch out bad guys. DEFENSIVE LINE: This is a tough one. On the one hand is the Flames’ Chima Uzowihe, who’s tied for the Big South career mark in sacks. On the other are Griz DEs Derek Crittenden and Tyrone Holmes and a banged-up interior. If Caleb Kidder can start at tackle, back from a leg surgery that cost him one game, you’ve got to give the Griz the advantage. LINEBACKERS: Liberty’s linebackers had six combined starts among them before this season started. Each one of the Grizzlies’ three starting backers has well above that on his own, more than 40 between the three of them. This one’s easy. CB/SAFETY: Both sides returned two starters — cornerbacks Wesley Scott and Justin Guillory for Liberty and CB Nate Harris and safety Justin Whitted for the Griz. The Flames’ secondary has a pair of takeaways with two interceptions while Montana is still searching for its first; it might come this week against an offense that actually passes every once in a while. SPECIAL TEAMS: Montana’s kicking game has been shoddy from beyond 30 yards and the same goes for Liberty where kicker John Lunsford is just 2 for 6 on field goal tries. He does have a 52-yarder, though, about as long as any two Montana FGs put together. That plus the Grizzlies’ ugly kick return coverage the last two weeks is enough to get the nod for the Flames. INTANGIBLES: First road trip for coach Bob Stitt’s Grizzlies and it’s a doozie, a 2,200-mile trek to the muggy East Coast, a place where the Griz haven’t fared well recently. They’re 0 for their last 4 in games in the Eastern Time Zone, including national title losses in 2008 and ‘09, though the last win out East did come in Virginia against James Madison. The Griz are also coming off a bye, resting up while Liberty was getting mugged by West Virginia last weekend. This one’s a push.

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A8 — Missoulian, Saturday, September 19, 2015

GRIZZLY GAME DAY | FROM PAGE A4 Griz defensive end Derek Crittenden prepares to tackle running back John Nguyen during a Montana scrimmage this fall. LOREN BENOIT PHOTOS, Missoulian

Crittenden Continued

Truly. From world-changing astronomers (Edwin Hubble) to Olympic gold medalists (Bill Bradley). From American presidents (Bill Clinton) to those who cover them (George Stephanopoulos). That’s not to say Crittenden doesn’t belong in the conversation. He received the first Isabel Kamps Murray Scholarship to Enhance Rhodes Scholar

Competitiveness given by UM this year. It funded a monthlong course at University College of Dublin in Ireland over the summer. The class — Brain, Mind and Literary Imagination — was a perfect bridge between all of Crittenden’s fields of study. Crittenden wasn’t alone. Fellow Griz D-lineman Caleb Kidder enrolled in the course as well. You’d be surprised by how interested Crittenden’s teammates are in his studies, he said. “A lot of them just want

to know what you’re talking about,” Crittenden said with a laugh. “The D-line is really curious about science and politics and technology.” If Crittenden survives callbacks for the final interviews, a stage that anywhere from eight to 20 usually reach in each district, the hard stuff sets in. Everyone on the selection board is a former Rhodes Scholar and they’re looking for a worldly, thoughtful response on a gamut of topics.

It is one of the most intimidating scenes of most young lives, Kinch said. “You have to be able to roll with a lot of scenarios, but I think psychologically, he’s more than prepared for that,” said Kinch, pointing to Crittenden’s athletic ventures for proof. “I mean hell, he just had his gamewinning safety sack erased by a last-second field goal. I think he’s fine with bouncing back from adversity.” A Cal Poly field goal Sept. 5 defeated the Grizzlies 20-19

after Crittenden had sacked quarterback Chris Brown in the end zone 3 minutes earlier to give Montana a late lead. After being informed their applications are still alive, Rhodes candidates have another month to prepare for interviews, which will be held in person in Seattle. That final process falls across two days in late November this year, Nov. 20-21. And if Derek Crittenden’s life wasn’t crazy enough, that just happens to be Griz-Cat football weekend.


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A10 — Missoulian, Saturday, September 19, 2015

GRIZZLY GAME DAY | Q & A

Buss polishing his game

behind trio of veteran linebackers JOSH THOMAS for the Missoulian‌

‌It’s no secret that athletes participating at the college level are physically gifted. Most people wish they could compete in just one sport at a high level, let alone multiple. Before joining the University of Montana football team, redshirt freshman linebacker Josh Buss had quite the busy prep career. Earning letters and championships in not only football, but also sports like lacrosse and wrestling, it’s clear that Buss knows how to get it done. He actually played running back in high school, rushing for 22 touchdowns and almost 2,000 yards his senior year. Now a defensive player for the Griz at linebacker, Buss is focused on football and his position, but there’s no denying his overall athletic prowess. It’s that same skill set that has helped Buss compete for major time at linebacker behind experienced Griz veterans. The Missoulian had the chance to talk with Buss before a chilly September afternoon practice about some of his favorite things around Missoula, his athletic career and more.      Q: Where did you go to high school and how would you describe your prep career? A: I went to Mountain View High School in Boise, Idaho and got to play football with some of my best friends. I started varsity and I had a solid run. Q: What made you want to play at UM and what gravitated you toward Missoula? A: I loved the stadium and

JOSH BUSS No. 42 Year: R-Fr. Position: OLB Height: 6-2 Weight: 205 Hometown: Boise, Idaho obviously how big it is. Montana football is big time. When I came here for my visit, I liked everyone I met and felt comfortable. Q: What’s your major and what made you want to pursue that? A: I’m majoring in business. I want to get into the international business side. I did forestry my first semester and that didn’t work out too well. So I wanted to get an actual major going and I thought that business was a good fit and it might help me be able to travel a little bit. Q: Favorite place to eat around Missoula? A: Personally, I like the Iron Horse. I’m big on their burgers. That’s my spot. Q: With Chipotle just opening up in town, would you say you are Team Chipotle or Team Qdoba? A: I am Team Qdoba. I have actually never been to Chipotle. (Griz LB) Kenny Van Ackeren is definitely Team Chipotle all the way though, I’ve seen him with three burritos. Q: Do you have any hobbies

On defense, everyone knows the starters we have are big time dudes, especially linebackers. They’ve all been playing for so long and they just know the offenses that they’ve gone up against in the past, so they are prepared for it. I’ve been doing a lot of studying with film and just trying to learn what I can from those guys and watching how they do things. outside of football? A: When we aren’t in football season, I like to do a lot of hunting and fishing. I did a lot of that in high school in my free time. I don’t get as much time now with football, but those are things that I personally like to do when I’m not busy. Q: Any favorite TV shows? A: I don’t watch much TV, but I did start watching that HBO show Ballers with The Rock. I’ve only seen a few episodes and it kind of ended fast, but I’ve been getting into that. Q: People have talked a lot about Coach Stitt and the offensive shifts. What do you think about the defense and how it has been coming along? A: On defense, everyone knows the starters we have are big time dudes, especially linebackers. They’ve all been playing for so long and they just know the offenses that they’ve gone up against in the past, so they are prepared for it. I’ve been doing a lot of studying with film and just trying to learn what I can from those guys and watching how they do things. Q: You used to be a running

back in high school. Having played both sides of the field at a high level and having perspective on both ends, do you have a favorite position? A: Coming out of high school, I wanted to play running back. Obviously with my build, I’m not the running back-looking type. I came here with no defensive experience at all; I didn’t play any in high school. It was a learning curve, but our coaches have helped me out a lot and it’s a long process of learning everything, but it’s coming along. Q: You also played lacrosse and wrestled in high school. Has football always been your first love? A: Football has always been my favorite, but lacrosse is a close second. Q: With you redshirting last year, how has it been vying for playing time and getting thrown into a role where the team needs your contribution? A: It was a wild experience. In the spring I was just planning on being a third stringer at back since I wasn’t getting many reps and I kind of was focusing on special teams. With the way

the whole situation has played out, it was an awesome surprise. There’s still a big learning curve, I’m just trying to get to know everything. It’s great having the older guys to watch. Q: If you could give a piece of advice to the UM community, be it a student in the classroom or an athlete competing, what would it be? A: Whatever you do, give it all you got. That’s what I’ve learned here. If you love it, dedicate your time to it and give it everything. Sometimes you’re going to hate it and you don’t want to do it, but that’s what you’ve dedicated yourself towards so you should give it 100 percent. Q: Any personal goals this year? A: I want to keep learning. Learning to do my best on special teams and learning how to be the best backup I can be for Kenny (Van Ackeren) and I’m learning from him for the years to come with him being the player he is. (Starting linebackers) Jeremiah (Kose), Herbert (Gamboa), all of them. Studying up and learning how to do things.


Missoulian, Saturday, September 19, 2015 — A11

GRIZZLY GAME DAY | CONFERENCE CAPSULES

AROUND THE BIG SKY

COMPILED BY AJ MAZZOLINI, MISSOULIAN

Montana at Liberty

Saturday, 5:00 Lynchburg, Virginia Williams Stadium (20,838 FieldTurf) ESPN 3/WatchESPN Series History: Montana leads the series 1-0. The Records: Montana is 1-1, while Liberty is 1-1. Last Meeting: The Grizzlies earned a 34-14 victory in 2012 in Missoula. The Coaches: Montana coach Bob Stitt is 1-1 in his first season with the Grizzlies, while Liberty coach Turner Gill is 24-15 in his fourth season with the Flames. Notes: Liberty is a member of the Big South Conference... Both Stitt (Doane) and Gill (Nebraska) played college football in the state of Nebraska... Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson is ranked first nationally in passing yards per game (393.5 ypg) and second in the country in total offense (410 yards per game)... Montana is second in the Big Sky in total offense (501.5 yards per game)... Montana’s Kendrick Van Ackeren leads the Big Sky in total tackles (30)... Montana defeated North Dakota State 38-35 in the FCS Kickoff... Liberty advanced to the second round of the 2014 FCS playoffs, falling to Villanova 29-22... The Flames are surrendering 377 yards of offense per game... Liberty has allowed an average of 270 passing Notes: This is the first time these in-state yards per game... This will be Montana’s first trip to the East Coast since 2012, when they rivals will play since fell 35-27 to then-FCS Appalachian State. 2003... This is the third straight game North North Dakota Dakota State will play at North Dakota State against a Big Sky team Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (Montana, Weber State)... Fargo, North Dakota NDSU and UND have Fargodome the nation’s top two (19,000 Multi-surface) punters. UND punter WatchESPN/ESPN 3 Mitch Meindel is second, Series History: North Dakota leads the averaging 47.8 yards-per series 62-35-3. The Records: North Dakota is 2-0 while punt... North Dakota State North Dakota State is 1-1. lost to Montana in the FCS Kickoff, 38-35... Last Meeting: North Dakota picked up a North Dakota quarterback Keaton Studsrud 28-21 victory in 2003. Both were Division-II is this week’s ROOT Sports Offensive Player programs at the time. of the Week, after he threw for 260 yards and The Coaches: UND coach Bubba Schweigert is 6-7 in his second year with North three touchdowns in a 21-18 win over Drake... Dakota. NDSU coach Chris Klieman is 15-2 in This is the first time North Dakota has opened a season 2-0 since 2012... his second season with the Bison.

Montana tight end Greg Hardy is tackled by Liberty’s Brent Vinson during the team’s game in 2012 in Missoula. MICHAEL GALLACHER, Missoulian

Montana State at Eastern Washington

Saturday, 2:05 Cheney, Washington Roos Field (8,600 Red SprinTurf) Root Sports/Audience Network Series History: Eastern Washington leads the series 28-10. The Records: Montana State is 1-0, while Eastern Washington is 0-2. Last Meeting: Eastern Washington defeated Montana State in a 52-51 thriller. Eagles quarterback Vernon Adams threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns. Dakota Prukop threw for 248 yards and had a rushing touchdown. The Coaches: Montana State coach Rob Ash is 66-32 in his ninth year with the Bobcats. Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin is 67-27 in his eighth season with the Eagles.

Notes: This is a nonconference game... This is the first game of ROOT Sports’ 2015 Big Sky television schedule... Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp is the statistical leader in FCS in three categories (receptions per game, receiving yards per game, and all-purpose yards per game)... This game will feature two players on the STATS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List (Kupp, MSU QB Dakota Prukop)... This is the first time Eastern Washington has started a season 0-2 since 2011, when they went 0-4 to open the season... Eastern Washington’s defense is ranked last in the conference, giving up 49.5 ppg.

See CAPSULES, Page A14


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Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Hometown Treshawn Favors RB 5-9 190 R-So. Glendale, Ariz. Markell Sanders CB 6-2 185 R-Fr. Renton, Wash. Keenan Curran WR 6-2 200 Fr. Federal Way, Wash. Ryan McKinley CB 6-1 188 R-So. Anthem, Ariz. Brady Gustafson QB 6-7 235 R-Jr. Billings, Mont. Eric Johnson S 6-2 180 Sr. San Francisco, Calif. Chris Parker CB 6-0 185 R-So. Sioux Falls, S.D. Holden Ryan WR 6-3 225 Fr. Billings, Mont. Chase Naccarato WR 5-7 166 R-Jr. Spokane, Wash. Daniel Sullivan K 5-10 165 Sr. Mill Creek, Wash. Tyrel Garner CB 6-2 190 Jr. Henderson, Nev. Jamaal Jones WR 6-1 191 R-Sr. Spanaway, Wash. Ellis Henderson WR 6-0 195 R-Jr. Vancouver, Wash. Jeremy Calhoun RB 6-0 190 Fr. Long Beach, Calif. Manu Rasmussen S 6-0 180 R-Fr. Tigard, Ore. Justin Calhoun WR 5-10 175 Fr. Long Beach, Calif. Yamen Sanders S 6-4 210 R-Jr. Inglewood, Calif. Eric Prater QB 6-2 205 R-Fr. Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Connor Strahm LB 6-0 235 R-So. Eugene, Ore. Chad Chalich QB 6-0 205 Jr. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Nate Harris CB 5-10 180 R-Sr. Chino, Calif. Danny Peoples K 6-0 185 Fr. Butte, Mont. Willy Pflug QB 6-0 185 Fr. Portland, Ore. Josh Janssen WR 6-0 195 R-So. Missoula, Mont. Josh Sandry S 6-1 190 Fr. Bigfork, Mont. Will Weyer QB 6-5 208 R-Fr. Bozeman, Mont. RETIRED IN HONOR OF DAVE DICKENSON Dalton Daum WR 6-2 180 Fr. Butte, Mont. Makena Simis QB 6-2 205 R-So. Boise, Idaho Tyler Lucas WR 6-4 220 R-Sr. Bellefonte, Pa. Kobey Eaton WR 6-3 190 Fr. Hacienda Heights, Calif. John Nguyen RB 5-7 180 Jr. Seattle, Wash. Joey Counts RB 5-9 215 R-Jr. Mesa, Ariz. RETIRED IN HONOR OF TERRY DILLON Caleb Lyons WR 5-9 175 R-Fr. Lakewood, Wash. Lorenzo Logwood RB 5-8 190 So. Oakland, Calif. Shane Moody CB 5-8 160 R-So. Parker, Colo. Carl Johnson RB 6-0 180 R-Fr. Hardin, Mont. Jerrin Williams S 6-2 220 Fr. Vancouver, Wash. Brody Martinez RB 5-10 196 Fr. Federal Way, Wash. Evan Epperly S 5-10 180 R-Fr. Kalispell, Mont. Justin Whitted S 6-1 195 R-Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. Zach Vis LB 6-3 205 R-So. Lyden, Wash. Connor Lebsock LB 6-2 205 R-Sr. Billings, Mont. Jamal Wilson DT 5-11 270 R-Sr. Fontana, Calif. Kendrick Van Ackeren LB 6-1 220 Sr. Bellevue, Wash. Herbert Gamboa LB 6-1 215 Sr. San Clemente, Calif. Caleb Kidder DT 6-5 275 R-Jr. Helena, Mont. Jeffrey Salamon WR 5-11 180 Fr. Riverside, Calif. Jake Dallaserra S 5-11 180 R-Sr. Butte, Mont. David Fa’atuiese LB 6-3 240 Fr. Vista, Calif. Mick Delaney S 6-0 193 R-So. Bozeman, Mont. Josh Buss LB 6-2 203 R-Fr. Boise, Idaho Nate Bradley DT 5-10 260 R-So. Billings, Mont. S 6-1 250 Fr. Billings, Mont. Nolan Timmons Jeremiah Kose MLB 6-2 230 R-Sr. Oceanside, Calif. Austin Chadderdon DE 6-2 200 R-Fr. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Derek Crittenden DE 6-3 240 R-Sr. Whitefish, Mont. Donald Bedell DE 6-4 245 R-Sr. Fair Haven, N.J. Jesse Sims DE 6-4 235 Fr. Stevensville, Mont. Aaron Held Snaps 6-1 193 R-Jr. Sacramento, Calif. Tucker Schye DE 6-4 225 R-So. Malta, Mont. Nick Mertes DE 6-3 235 R-Fr. Edina, Minn. Dante Olson LB 6-3 220 Fr. Medford, Ore. Gage Smith LB 6-3 215 R-Fr. Whitefish, Mont. Kyle Davis DT 6-1 245 San Diego, Calif. Alex Thomas LB 6-0 215 R-Fr. Great Falls, Mont. Shayne Cochran LB 6-1 210 R-Fr. Culbertson, Mont. Tyler Richtmyer DE 6-2 215 R-Fr. Missoula, Mont. Cy Sirmon LB 6-3 225 Fr. Wenatchee, Wash. Jackson Thiebes OL 6-5 280 R-Jr. Kalispell, Mont. Colin McGillivray OL 6-7 278 Fr. Portland, Ore. Cody Meyer OL 6-3 270 Fr. San Marcos, Calif. Dallas Hart OL 6-5 295 Fr. Cypress, Calif. Joe Paolina OL 6-7 290 Fr. Poway, Calif. McCauley Todd OL 6-7 295 R-Jr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jared Clark OL 6-6 270 Jr. San Diego, Calif. Ben Weyer OL 6-4 270 R-Jr. Bozeman, Mont. Devon Dietrich OL 6-4 270 R-Jr. Woodinville, Wash. Cooper Sprunk C 6-4 250 R-So. Tigard Ore. Angel Villanueva OL 6-5 310 Fr. Duarte, Calif. John Schmaing OL 6-7 290 R-Sr. Billings, Mont. Robert Luke C 6-4 315 So. Tacoma, Wash. David Reese OL 6-7 270 So. Happy Valley, Ore. Cameron Rokich OL 6-5 245 R-So. West Jordan, Utah Clint LaRowe OL 6-5 290 R-Jr. Miles City, Mont. Max Kelly OL 6-7 290 R-Jr. Spokane, Wash. Josh Horner WR 6-5 220 So. Great Falls, Mont. Zach Hollenback WR 5-11 185 R-Fr. Missoula, Mont. Jerry Louie-McGee WR 5-9 170 Fr. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Ryan Burke WR 6-4 190 R-Jr. Billings, Mont. Donovan Rooks WR 6-4 185 Fr. Yuma, Ariz. Reese Carlson WR 6-4 215 R-Fr. Gig Harbor, Wash. Ben Roberts WR 6-4 205 R-Sr. Missoula, Mont. Chris Lider K/P 6-1 199 R-Sr. Bellevue, Wash. Colin Bingham WR 6-3 220 Fr. Missoula, Mont. K 5-7 155 Fr. San Diego, Calif. Tim Semenza Tyrone Holmes DE 6-4 245 Sr. Eagle Point, Ore. Zach Peevey DT 6-3 255 R-Jr. Missoula, Mont. Harrison Greenberg K 5-8 170 R-Jr. Lake Oswego, Ore. Andrew Harris DE 6-4 215 Fr. Kalispell, Mont. K 6-0 190 Edina, Minn. Patrick LeCorre Ryan Johnson DE 6-3 255 R-Jr. Vancouver, Wash. Mike Ralston DE 6-5 245 R-So. Eugene, Ore. Reggie Tilleman DE 6-4 195 R-Fr. Genesee, Idaho

GRIZZLY GAME D MONTANA STARTING OFFENSE WR 6 Jamaal Jones

H-Back 86 Reese Carlson

QB 3 Brady Gustafson

LT 74 John Schmaing

RB 20 John Nguyen

LG 79 Max Kelly C 75 Robert Luke RG 71 Devon Dietrich RT 76 David Reese

WR 7 Ellis Henderson

WR 13 Chase Naccarato

K5 Daniel Sullivan

MONTANA BACKUPS ON OFFENSE WR 86 Ben Roberts, R-Sr. WR 23 Caleb Lyons, R-Fr. LT 77 Cameron Rokich, R-So. OG 78 Clint LaRowe, R-Jr. OG 75 Robert Luke, Fr. OT 60 Jackson Thiebes, R-Jr.

H-B 80 WR 83 QB 11 RB 24 C 72

Josh Horner, So. Ryan Burke, R-Jr. Chad Chalich, Jr. Lorenzo Logwood, So. Cooper Sprunk , R-So.

MONTANA STARTING DEFENSE FS 31 Justin Whitted

CB 11 Nate Harris

OLB 36 Herbert Gamboa

DE 47 Derek Crittenden

MLB 45 Jeremiah Kose

DT 37 Caleb Kidder

SS 9 Yamen Sanders OLB 35 Kendrick Van Ackeren

NT 34 Jamal Wilson

DE 91 Tyrone Holmes

CB 18 JR Nelson

P 87 Chris Lider

MONTANA BACKUPS ON DEFENSE OLB 42 OLB 33 DT 43 DE 51 NT 93 DE 97

Josh Buss, R-Fr. Connor Lebsock, R-Sr. Nate Bradley, R-So. Tucker Schye, R-So. Zach Peevey, Jr. Ryan Johnson, R-Jr.

MLB 10 CB 1 CB 2 SS 9 FS 3

Connor Strahm, R-So. Markell Sanders, R-Fr. Ryan McKinley, R-So. Manu Rasmussen, R-Fr. Eric Johnson, Sr.


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LIBERTY STARTING DEFENSE CB 6 Tyrin Holloway OLB 9 Nick Newman DE 42 Erwin Dessources

FS 38 Alpha Jalloh

MLB 33 Jimmy O’Grady

DT 53 Javon Majors NT 76 JaRon Greene

SS 11 Avery James

OLB Corbin Jackson

DE 52 Chima Uzowihe

K 49 John Lunsford,

CB 23 Justin Guillory

LIBERTY BACKUPS ON DEFENSE DE 58 DT 90 NG 66 DE 55 OLB 29 MLB 30

Dia’Vante Brown, So. Will Brown, Fr. Spencer Cook, So. Tolen Avery, R-Fr. Miles Hunter, Sr. Dexter Robbins, Jr.

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Jordan Williams, R-Jr. Wesley Scott, Jr. Cameron Jones, Fr. Cam Jackson, R-Fr. Chris Turner, R-Fr.

LIBERTY STARTING OFFENSE WR 13 Darrin Peterson

WR 85 Kyle Carrington,

RT 68 Tanner Hartman RG 63 Jonathan Burgess C 70 Lucas Holder

QB 6 Josh Woodrum

RB 26 Desmond Rice

LG 67 Michael Henderman LT 72 Maximilian Sommer WR 82 B.J. Farrow TE 19 Will Johnson

Punter 35 Trey Turner

LIBERTY BACKUPS ON OFFENSE WR 8 LT 75 LG 51 C 56 RG 61

Dante’ Shells, Jr. Gregg Storey, R-Fr. Jeff Fox, R-Fr. Dontae Duff Fr. Ben Fiordelise, R-Fr.

RT 79 QB 3 RB 3 TE 89 WR 85

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Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Hometown WR 5-9 175 Jr. Reston, Va. RB 5-10 185 Sr. Tallahassee, Fla. QB 6-1 195 So. Marietta, Ga. LB 6-0 215 Fr. Lake Wales, Fla. LB 6-0 205 R-Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. CB 6-0 190 So. Humble, Texas. QB 6-3 225 Sr. Roanoke, Va. WR 5-11 170 Fr. St. Petersburg, Fla. WR 6-1 175 Jr. Camden, Del. LB 6-4 210 Jr. Gainsville, Fla. WR 5-10 175 Fr. Dallas, Texas S 6-0 180 So. Duncan, S.C. QB 6-6 210 So. Peachtree Corners, Ga. WR 6-2 190 Sr. Gadsden, Ala. S 6-1 185 R-Fr. Houston, Texas CB 5-10 195 R-Fr. Charlottesville, Va. WR 5-11 170 So. Forest, Va. TE 6-1 240 Jr. Miami Lakes, Fla. S 6-0 185 Fr. Hopkins, S.C. TE 6-6 255 Jr. Osseo, Minn. RB 5-9 200 Sr. Huntsville, Ala. CB 5-10 175 Jr. Lorton, Va. RB 5-10 210 So. St. Petersburg, Fla. CB 6-0 180 So. Beaumont, Texas CB 5-11 185 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. CB 5-9 165 Jr. Lynchburg, Va. RB 5-8 195 R-Sr. Lynchburg, Va. S 5-11 185 Fr. New Orleans, La. S 6-0 190 R-Fr. Charlotte, N.C. LB 5-11 200 Sr. Camden, Del. LB 5-11 200 Jr. Sevierville, Tenn. CB 6-1 185 Fr. Forest, Va. CB 5-9 190 Fr. Farmville, Va. LB 6-0 225 Sr. Mechanicsville, Md. RB 5-11 225 So. Brookneal, Va. P 5-11 195 So. Rome, Ga. RB 5-8 195 Fr. Lynchburg, Va. FB 5-11 230 So. Roanoke, Va. S 5-10 185 Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. S 6-1 195 Jr. New Carrollton, Md. CB 6-3 174 R-Fr. Columbia, S.C. TE 6-4 220 Fr. Roanoke, Va. FB 6-0 230 R-Fr. Lake Butler, Fla. DE 6-1 235 Jr. Randolph, Mass. K 5-10 180 So. Zeeland, Mich. S 5-11 180 Fr. Pompano Beach, Fla. TE 6-4 255 R-So. Plano, Texas S 6-1 190 R-Jr. Buffalo, N.Y. LB 6-1 210 Sr. Hagerstown, Md. LS 6-1 210 R-Fr. Stuarts Draft, Va. K/P 6-1 180 Sr. Fort Myers, Fla. OL 6-4 280 R-Fr. Augusta, Ga. DE 6-2 250 Sr. Houston, Texas DT 6-3 280 R-Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. DL Fr. 6-2 215 Dublin, Ga. DE 6-4 235 R-Fr. Galveston, Texas OL 6-1 320 Fr. Mesquite, Texas LS 6-0 215 So. Raleigh, N.C. DE 6-2 240 So. Greensboro, N.C. OL 6-3 275 R-Fr. Kalona, Iowa OL 6-2 305 Sr. Stafford, Va. OL 6-4 320 Kents Store, Va. DL 6-1 285 So. Houston Texas OL So. 6-3 290 Tyrone, Ga. OL So. 6-4 290 Christiansburg, Va. OL 6-4 280 Hillsville, Va. OL 6-6 300 Sr. Hamburg, Germany OL 6-6 310 Fr. Lynchburg, Va. OL 6-5 305 Jr. Charlotte, N.C. OL 6-5 315 R-Fr. Cary, N.C. DT 6-2 310 Jr. Beaumont, Texas OL 6-6 275 R-Fr. Dallas, N.C. OL 6-7 310 Fr. Lillesand, Norway OL 6-5 325 Jr. Teaneck, N.J. WR 5-10 185 So. Olney, Md. WR 6-1 180 Farmville, Va. WR 6-2 170 R-Fr. Lynchburg, Va. WR 6-2 165 Jr. Sterling, Va. WR 6-1 175 R-Fr. Toms River, N.J. TE 6-4 230 So. Lynchburg, Va. WR 6-3 180 So. Overton, Neb. TE 6-4 255 Jr. Hoover, Ala. DL Fr. 6-2 275 Texarkana, Texas DL 6-2 235 Fr. Stafford, Va. DT 6-3 270 Sr. McDonald, Pa. DL 6-3 295 Jr. Kannapolis, N.C. DE 6-0 265 R-Fr. Venice, Fla. DL 6-3 250 So. Houston, Texas

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GRIZZLY GAME DAY | FROM PAGE A22

AROUND THE BIG SKY Montana’s Ryan McKinley, left, and Manu Rasmussen attempt to tackle North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz last month at WashingtonGrizzly Stadium. TOM BAUER, Missoulian‌

Northern Colorado at Southern Utah‌ Saturday, 6:00 Cedar City, Utah Eccles Coliseum (8,500 Artificial Turf) WatchBigSky.com Series History: Tied at 2-2. The Records: Northern Colorado is 2-0, while Southern Utah is 0-2. Last Meeting: Southern Utah picked up a 27-21 win in 2013. The Coaches: Northern Colorado coach Earnest Collins, Jr., is 11-36 in his fifth year with the Bears. Southern Utah coach Ed Lamb is 16-32 in the team’s time with the Big Sky. He is 37-45 in his eighth overall year at Southern Utah. Notes: This is the first conference game for both teams... Northern Colorado’s Taylor Risner is this week’s ROOT Sports Defensive Player

of the Week... The Bears have the third-ranked scoring offense in the Big Sky Conference (38 ppg), while the Thunderbirds are last in the league (9.5 ppg)... Southern Utah defensive end James Cowser was the Big Sky Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year... Northern Colorado is third in the league in turnover margin (+4)... Bears running back Trae Riek is third in the league in yards per game, averaging 113.5... Southern Utah is 12-12 in Big Sky play in Lamb’s tenure... Northern Colorado is 6-26 in Big Sky play in Colllins’ tenure... Collins is an alumnus of Northern Colorado. He shined as a punt returner from 1991-94.

Sacramento State at Weber State‌

Saturday, 6:00 p.m. Ogden, Utah Stewart Stadium (17,312 Synthetic Turf) KJZZ WatchBigSky.com Series History: Weber State leads the series 11-8. The Records: Sacramento State is 1-1 in the game, while Weber State is 0-2. Last Meeting: Sacramento State earned a 42-31 victory over the Wildcats in Sacramento in 2014. Garrett Safron threw for 202 yards and ran for 115 yards for the Hornets. The Coaches: Sacramento State coach Jody Sears is 8-6 in his second season with the Hornets. Weber State coach Jay Hill is 2-12 in

his second season with the Wildcats. Notes: This is a nonconference game... This game will be Weber State’s Homecoming game... The Wildcats lost to Sacramento State 31-3 in their 2013 Homecoming game... This will be Weber’s home opener. Weber last won a home opener in 2013, when they beat Stephen F. Austin 50-40... Sacramento State coach Jody Sears went 4-19 in two seasons as the head coach at Weber State... Sacramento State is ranked ninth in total offense in the Big Sky (355.5 ypg), while Weber State is ranked last (192.5)... Both teams have losses to Pac-12 schools.


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GRIZZLY GAME DAY | CONFERENCE CAPSULES

AROUND THE BIG SKY Northern Iowa at Cal Poly‌

Saturday, 8:30 p.m. San Luis Obispo, California Alex G. Spanos Stadium (11,075 Natural Grass) American Sports Network/KSBY WatchBigSky.com Series History: Northern Iowa leads the all-time series 5-1. The Records: Northern Iowa is 1-1, while Cal Poly is 1-1. Last Meeting: Northern Iowa won a 29-26 matchup in 2002. The game went to triple overtime. The Coaches: Northern Iowa coach John Fairley is 121-57 in his 15th season with the Panthers. Cal Poly coach Tim Walsh is 40-31 in his seventh season with the Mustangs. Notes: This is the second consecutive week Northern Iowa has faced a Big Sky team. The Panthers downed Eastern Washington last week, 38-35... Cal Poly fell 35-21 to Pac-12 Arizona State. The Mustangs were tied with the Sun Devils 21-21 in the fourth quarter... Northern Iowa held the Eagles to 26 rushing yards in the game... Cal Poly is the top rushing team in the Big Sky Conference, averaging 307 rushing yards per game... Cal Poly’s Joe Protheroe leads the conference in rushing yards per game, averaging 121 ypg... Northern Iowa advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs in 2014... This will be Cal Poly’s home opener. The Mustangs earned a 42-14 win over Portland State in their 2014 home opener.

Northern Arizona at Arizona‌

Saturday, 9:00 p.m. Tucson, Arizona Arizona Stadium (56,029 FieldTurf) PAC-12 Network Series History: Arizona leads the series 12-1. The Records: Northern Arizona and Arizona are both 2-0. Last Meeting: Arizona beat the Lumberjacks 35-0 in 2013. The Coaches: Northern Arizona coach Jerome Souers is 102-93 in his 18th season in Flagstaff. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is 28-14 in his fifth season in Tucson.

Montana tight end Mitch Saylor is tackled by Montana State’s Robert Marshall, bottom, and Khari Garcia last year. Notes: NAU quarterback Case Cookus won the STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week after Week One of the season, and is the FCS national leader in passing efficiency... NAU receiver Emmanuel Butler won ROOT Sports Co-Offensive Player of the Week in Week One (three touchdown catches)... Butler is averaging 135 receiving yards a game... Arizona opened the season with wins over Texas-San Antonio and Nevada... Arizona lost the Pac-12 Championship Game to Oregon in 2014... NAU is third in the Big Sky in total offense, averaging 482.5 yards a game... Northern Arizona opened the season with a 34-28 win over Stephen F. Austin... Rodriguez’s previous FBS coaching jobs were at West Virginia and Michigan... NAU running back Casey Jahn is averaging 103 rushing yards per game.

UC Davis at Hawaii‌

Saturday, 10:00 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii Aloha Stadium (50,000 Artificial Turf) Oceanic Time Warner Cable Series History: Hawaii leads the all-time series 1-0. The Records: UC Davis is 0-2, while Hawaii is 1-1. Last Meeting: Hawaii beat the Aggies, 56-14, in 2011. The Coaches: UC Davis coach Ron Gould is 7-18 in his third season with the program. Hawaii coach Norm Chow is 9-30 in his fourth season with the Rainbow Warriors. Notes: This will be the second Mountain West opponent the Aggies face this season. They lost at Nevada, 31-17, in week one... Hawaii returns to Oahu after falling 38-0 to defending FBS national champion Ohio State... Hawaii coach Norm Chow

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is well-known for his stints as offensive coordinator at BYU and USC... Chow has mentored four Heisman Trophy winners... UC Davis is fourth in the league in passing defense, surrendering 150 passing yards a game... UC Davis is second in the Big Sky in third-down conversation rate, converting 44.1 percent... The Aggies have converted all of their red-zone opportunities this season (4-of-4, with three touchdowns and a field goal)... UC Davis trailed South Dakota last week 20-3, before scoring two touchdowns to get the score to 20-17 in the fourth quarter.


A16 — Missoulian, Saturday, September 19, 2015

GRIZZLY GAME DAY | LAST WEEK RECAP

AROUND THE BIG SKY

Griz running back Jordan Canada hits the hole against the Liberty defensive line during the teams’ game in 2012 in Missoula

AJ MAZZOLINI ajmazzolini@missoulian.com‌

‌Portland State downs Idaho State to open Big Sky play: The Portland State Vikings weren’t expected to start the season 2-0. The Vikings had too many questions, and weren’t a team that was on the radar of many when preseason polls were done. However, after beating Idaho State 34-14, it’s time for many to take notice of Portland State football. After Idaho State quarterback Michael Sanders completed a ten-yard touchdown pass to

Hagen Graves with 9:54 to go in the first quarter, Vikings kick returner Kahlil Dawson returned a kickoff 94 yards for a tying touchdown. Later, PSU quarterback Alex Kuresa found Trent Riley for a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings a lead they would never relinquish. A Paris Penn 38-yard touchdown early in the second quarter gave Portland State a 24-7 lead, but Sanders found Josh Cook on fourth down for a 48-yard touchdown pass that cut the deficit to 24-14 at halftime. However, Kuresa had a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to ice the game.

The Vikings’ David Jones rushed for 113 yards, but it was the defense that shined for Portland State. The Vikings intercepted Sanders three different times. Portland State has a bye week next, while Idaho State will face Boise State.      North Dakota beats Drake in “Potato Bowl”: A week after beating Wyoming to open the season, UND football returned home to beat the Drake Bulldogs in the 50th Potato Bowl. North Dakota quarterback Keaton Studsrud threw three touchdown passes in the first

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half, as UND held a 21-0 lead at halftime. However, the Bulldogs made a comeback in the second half, including a safety and a touchdown in the final minutes. UND finished with three turnovers in the game. North Dakota will face rival North Dakota State next week for the first time since 2003.      NAU moves to 2-0 with win over New Mexico Highlands: The Lumberjacks entered their home opener against New Mexico Highlands unofficially ranked 26th in the country.After a big win over


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GRIZZLY GAME DAY | LAST WEEK RECAP

AROUND THE BIG SKY South Dakota: A second-half comeback attempt by the UC Davis Aggies came up short, as South Dakota earned a road win. The Aggies cut South Dakota’s 20-3 halftime lead to 20-17 after a 75-yard touchdown pass from Ben Scott to Chris Martin, but the Coyotes came up with a score to put the necessary breathing distance between them and UC Davis. Aggies quarterback Ben Scott completed 21-of-39 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. UC Davis plays at Hawaii next week.      Sacramento State loses to Pac-12 Washington: The Hornets played strong in the first quarter, but Washington was able to flex its muscle as the game went on in a 49-0 victory at Husky Stadium in Seattle. Huskies quarterback Jake Browning threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. Hornets quarterback Daniel Kniffin completed 18-of-35 passes for 181 yards. Hornets receiver Nnamdi Agude photo courtesy University of Northern Iowa‌ had 62 receiving yards. Sacramento State Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp goes up for a pass in last week’s game will play a non-conference game at Weber against Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. State next week.      Weber States falls at North Dakota then took a 28-21 lead in the fourth quarter after upsetting Kansas, went on a 48-0 on a seven-yard pass from West to Bourne. State: Weber State was the second of scoring run to earn the big win over the Thunderbirds. Southern Utah scored first, However, Northern Iowa scored 14 straight three Big Sky opponents the Bison will face to open the season. And, the two teams as Ammon Olsen found Brady Measom for points to put the game out of reach. West were tied at 7-7 at the end of the first completed 24-of-29 passes for 349 yards a nine-yard touchdown pass to give the quarter, after Wildcats quarterback Jadrian and three touchdowns. Kupp caught nine Thunderbirds a 7-0 lead with 6:27 to go passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Clark found Cam Livingston for a 68-yard in the first quarter. However, Jackrabbits touchdown. However, North Dakota State The Eagles had a school-record 526 quarterback Zach Lujan soon got into a scored 31 unanswered points to put the rhythm, as he threw for 314 yards and two passing yards. Eastern Washington will game out of touch. Weber’s other score host Montana State in a non-conference touchdowns. South Dakota State finished came on a 100-yard kickoff return by game next week that will be televised on with 579 yards. Southern Utah will host Eric Wilkes in the fourth quarter. Weber ROOT Sports. Northern Colorado next weekend. State will host Sacramento State in a non          UC Davis loses in home opener to conference game this upcoming week. Eastern Washington falls in shootout at Northern Iowa: In a game that featured two traditionally strong programs from two strong conferences, both the Eagles and the Panthers traded punches from the beginning. The Eagles opened SUNDAY FUNDAY BOWLING LEAGUE the scoring in the first quarter, as Jordan SEPTEMBER 27TH-DEC 13TH! West completed a 18-yard scoring pass www.missoulabowling.com ANY COMBO OF 2 PEOPLE. CHOOSE A BALL FROM to Cooper Kupp that gave Eastern WashMILLER LITE, BLUE MOON, COORS LIGHT, Happy Hour ington a 7-0 lead. Northern Iowa would Thunde OR SUMMER SHANDY. Mon-Sun counter with a one-yard touchdown run rA o 4:30-6:00 SIGN UP NOW! nF early in the second quarter, until West r MUST BE 21 YEARS AND OLDER found Kupp for a 73-yard scoring pass Karaoke will be that gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead with 9:12 Wed, Thurs and Fri to go in the quarter. While Northern Iowa @ 8:30pm and took a 21-14 lead into halftime, Eastern Sat @ 9:00 Washington tied the game in the third quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from 1615 Wyoming • 721-5263 • OPEN MON.-SUN. 9am-2am Reilly Hennessey to Kendrick Bourne, and

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the Division-II program, it figures NAU will gain more votes as they open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2001. NAU quarterback Case Cookus, fresh off winning the STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week, completed 17-of-24 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. The Lumberjacks compiled 360 passing yards in the win. Northern Arizona will travel to face Arizona next week.      Northern Colorado beats Southland Conference’s Houston Baptist: Northern Colorado hasn’t started a season 2-0 since 2003, before the Bears were members of the Big Sky Conference. But, thanks to three different players scoring rushing touchdowns, the Bears picked up a big win over the Southland Conference’s Houston Baptist Huskies in the program’s first trip to Texas since 2006. Northern Colorado held a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter, until Bears punt returner Ellis Onic got a 71-yard return for a touchdown that gave UNC breathing room they would never relinquish. The Bears will open Big Sky play next week at Southern Utah.      Cal Poly loses upset bid at Arizona State: Last week, the Big Sky Conference was the king of the FCS upset. This week, Cal Poly had the Pac-12’s Arizona State on upset alert, as the two teams were locked in a 21-21 battle midway through the fourth quarter. However, two late Sun Devils touchdowns lifted ASU to a victory over the Mustangs. Arizona State had opened a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter, until the Mustangs’ Joe Protheroe had a four-yard touchdown run to get Cal Poly on the board. ASU would take a 21-14 lead into halftime. However, in the third quarter, the Mustangs had several key defensive stops, and finally got a game-tying drive when Chris Brown threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Reagan Enger. Unfortunately for Cal Poly, Sun Devils quarterback Mike Bercovici threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to end the upset bid. Cal Poly will host Northern Iowa next week.      Southern Utah comes up short at South Dakota State: A week after posting an inspired defensive performance against Utah State, Southern Utah attempted to upset a Missouri Valley Conference member on the road. The upset bid didn’t turn out, as the Jackrabbits, a week


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GRIZZLY GAME DAY

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Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson passes against North Dakota State last month.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian‌


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GRIZZLY GAME DAY / P ICKS

HOW WE SEE THE BIG SKY State 31. Kyle: Weber 17, Sac State 16. Bill: Hornets 38, Wildcats 27. Northern Colorado at Southern Utah: My co-workers don’t think much of the Bears’ offensive juggernaut, which has amassed 76 points in two outings. I wouldn’t say I’m impressed with it, but I do believe Saturday will be a good ball game. I’ll go with the home team in a close one. AJ: Southern Utah 14, No. Colorado 0. Bob: SUU 42, UNC 2. Kyle: Southern Utah 31, UNC 21. Bill: SUU 28, UNC 24. No. 24 Northern Arizona at Arizona: The Lumberjacks will be no match for the FBS Wildcats. AJ: Arizona 50, No. Arizona 28. Bob: Arizona 30, NAU 24. Kyle: Arizona 41, NAU 13. Bill: Arizona 48, NAU 21. UC Davis at Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors aren’t what they used to be but they’re still better than the Aggies, who lost at home to South Dakota last week. AJ: Hawaii 31, UC Davis 7. Bob: Hawaii 27, UC Davis 7. Kyle: Hawaii 41, UC Davis 3. Bill: Hawaii 35, UC Davis 17.

No. 9 Northern Iowa at No. 17 Cal Poly: Thisis another one of those jet lag games. The Panthers are going to be a step slow against the Mustangs’ tricky triple option. AJ: Cal Poly 20, UNI 19. Bob: Cal Poly 20, UNI 19. Kyle: Cal Poly 35, UNI 24. Bill: Musmake all the difference. I’m here to tell tangs 28, Panthers 24. BILL SPELTZ Sacramento State at Weber you the Griz are in for a real battle. bill.speltz@missoulian.com‌ State: The Wildcats will celebrate      homecoming, but I’m afraid there’s No. 8 Montana at No. 15 Lib‌Jet lag affects all of us differently, not going to be a lot to celebrate on erty: Montana is coming off a bye but there’s no denying that it’s real. the field. They rank last in the Big Sky week, which helped its dinged-up For me the symptoms are more offensively and will fail in their bid to players get healthy but may have noticeable when I fly east, back to outscore the Hornets. AJ: Weber State caused some rust buildup. Liberty is Iowa. Nothing real serious, just some coming off a loss to FBS West Virginia 20, Sac State 17. Bob: Weber 35, Sac fatigue that first day. and may still be a little sore. NeverThe Montana football team has theless, I’m picking Liberty and its flown over two time zones to get to senior quarterback to pull an upset. Lynchburg, Virginia. That’s the home My co-workers disagree. AJ: Montana of 15th-ranked Liberty, who would 42, Liberty 34. Bob: Griz 42, Flames love to knock off the eighth-ranked 10. Kyle: Montana 37, Liberty 31. Bill: Grizzlies Saturday and announce its Liberty 32, Montana 31. arrival as an FCS big dog. No. 14 Eastern Washington at In addition to the challenges the talented Flames present, the Grizzlies No. 11 Montana State: Eastern Washington defeated Montana State will have to deal with jet lag. Fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, mild dehydra- last season in a 52-51 thriller. But the Eagles no longer have Vernon Adams tion, insomnia — they can all come Jr. at QB while the Cats still have into play. I imagine it’s even worse         when you’re 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds Dakota Prukop. I’m picking MSU at           Â?  home. AJ: Eastern Washington 63, and cannot get comfortable in one of         Â?Â? 

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   Â?     MSU 48. Kyle: MSU 37, EWU 28. Bill: Did jet lag play a role in the Griz          MSU 42, EWU 41. zlies’ 35-27 loss at Appalachian State          North Dakota at No. 4 North three years ago? Or in their losses          Dakota State: No way the Bison lose in the FCS championship games in              to Little Brother from Grand Forks. Chattanooga, Tennessee? Hard to say  Â?       Last week NDSU quarterback Carson for sure.   Â?        Â? Wentz threw for 281 yards and three But rest assured, jet lag is another          TDs in a 41-14 win over Weber State. hurdle for Montana to clear Saturday. Plus NDSU has a homefield advantage That and the weather in Virginia, which promises to be toasty and much that’s every bit as real as Montana’s edge in Missoula. AJ: North Dakota more humid than what the Griz are State 27, North Dakota 17. Bob: NDSU accustomed to in Missoula. Â?  Â?           Â?      If it’s a close game — and it promises 38, UND 17. Kyle: NDSU 21, UND 13.   Bill: Bison 48, No-nicknamers 24. to be close — then little things may     

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GRIZZLY GAME DAY

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Montana’s John Schmaing, left, celebrates with teammate Ellis Henderson after his touchdown reception against North Dakota State last month.

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GRIZZLY GAME DAY | LIBERTY FLAMES

Liberty QB comes full circle with Griz DAMIEN SORDELETT The News & Advance‌

‌Josh Woodrum was a lanky freshman quarterback with very little game experience in his resume when Turner Gill gave him the reins of the offense in 2012. Here’s the kicker: Woodrum’s first start came on the road against Montana, a perennial powerhouse in the Football Championship Subdivision. The atmosphere in Washington-Grizzly Stadium was exactly what you’d expect — it was raucous and loud, the fog settled not too terribly far above the field and the Grizzlies defense had its ears pinned back ready to attack the young signal caller. Fast forward three seasons and Woodrum is now a seasoned veteran with plenty of game experience in hostile environments. In a way, his career has come full circle as he prepares to lead the 15th-ranked Flames (1-1) against the eighth-ranked Grizzlies (1-1) on Saturday night at Williams Stadium. “This game for me personally — I’m not going to say it’s obviously big — but it’s exciting for me because this was my first official start. It was out in Montana against them and now for my senior year, we get to play them at home,” Woodrum said during Tuesday’s press conference. “For me, it’s exciting. The growth and development that I’ve had over the last four years has been awesome. I’m really excited to go out there and have a good game and lead our team to a victory.” Woodrum completed 34 of 44 passes for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first start, a precursor for his career with the Flames. The senior from Roanoke is 38 passing yards away from becoming the second Liberty quarterback and third in

Big South history to throw for more than 8,000 yards.     

A ‘big statement game’‌ Needless to say, Saturday’s 7 p.m. contest carries a little more weight for the Flames. It is the first time two top-15 teams will meet at Williams Stadium and LU is hoping to avoid the pitfalls of recent seasons in high-profile campaigns. Prior to last season when the Flames finally advanced into the FCS playoffs, these key non-conference games slipped through their grasps and may have been the reason LU did not participate in the postseason. That isn’t lost on the players as they prepare for the Grizzlies. “This for us is one of our big statement games,” Woodrum said. “Last year, we made it to the playoffs and we were nationally exposed. This for us is a statement game saying that we’re just as good and we’re ready to be at the top of the FCS game with everyone else.” Added senior defensive end Chima Uzowihe: “It’s going to be a big game. We try not to treat it bigger than any other game. … We know that this will be a game that puts us out there.”      Uzowihe also chasing records‌ Uzowihe’s sack last weekend against West Virginia gave him 20 1/2 career sacks, tied with former Gardner-Webb star Brian Johnson for most in Big South history. The next sack will give Uzowihe the record to himself and put him closer to Aaron DeBerry’s school record of 22. “It’s there,” Uzowihe said. “It will be exciting, not just for MICHAEL GALLACHER, Missoulian‌ me, but it’s a play that helps our Defensive end Zack Wagenmann came up big for Montana recording two sacks on Liberty quarterback defense. Sacking the quarterJosh Woodrum when the team’s met in 2012 in Missoula. back, that helps us out a lot.”


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