Photo Gallery: Montana Griz vs. Idaho State Bengals

By AUSTIN SMITH

Offense was the order of the day as the Grizzlies coasted to an absolute blowout victory over the Idaho State Bengals on Saturday afternoon.

The Griz scored on both of their initial possessions en route to a 70-24 stomping, backed up by a powerful defensive unit that kept the Bengals guessing all day.

After marching down the field for a Jordan Canada touchdown, the Grizzly defense strapped on their cleats and started their second series with an interception. The pick set up Smithwick-Hann’s 17-yard bomb to senior wide receiver Sam Gratton, the 14-0 touchdown his only reception on the day.

Jordan Tripp’s defensive heavy hitters road-blocked the Bengals into a field goal and a punt on their next two offensive possessions, setting the stage for Griz rushing leader Peter Nguyen’s 50-yard touchdown dash to take the score to 28-3.

As a faltering Bengal offense sought to break the dam swiftly swelling before them, Jordan Tripp not only caused a crucial fumble, but also recovered the loose ball and thundered 80 yards to the house. After another Smithwick-Hann touchdown pass to freshman running back Joey Counts, the ‘Maroon Marauders’ jogged into halftime up 42-10.

The Bengals were able to score only twice more before the rout was complete. For the Griz, Counts logged another five yarder from Smithwick-Hann to open the third, Kirschner snagged his second rushing touchdown on the day, and freshman receiver Cam Warren got in on the action with a three yard rushing score.

The nail in Idaho State’s striped coffin came on an impressive, untouched-across-the-line 37-yard quarterback keeper by redshirt freshman quarterback Adam Brzeczek.

The Grizzlies will be in Ogden, Utah next Saturday, November 3, to face the Weber State Wildcats. They will return home on November 17 for the final game of the regular season, a rivalry matchup against the Montana State Bobcats.

 

Redshirt junior linebacker Jordan Tripp tackles Idaho State running back Aaron Prier.  Tripp was a monster throughout Saturday's game, leading his Grizzlies to a 70-24 rout of the Bengals.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont., October 27th, 2012.
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Redshirt junior receiver Cam Warren is congratulated by his teammates after his 3-yard, late third quarter run put the Griz up 63-17.

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Junior linebacker John Kanongata'a looks to the heavens after making a tackle in the third quarter of Saturday's game.  Thanks to superior defensive work, the Griz triumphed over the Bengals 70-24.

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Grizzly running back Peter Nguyen is pursued by Bengals Sage Warner (#62), Taison Manu (#10), and Kimo Makaula as the referee tries to get out of the line of fire.  Nguyen was Montana's rushing leader, with 107 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.

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Quarterback Trent McKinney takes a snap late in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies' 70-24 victory of the Idaho State Bengals.

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Jordan Tripp bum-rushes Idaho State senior quarterback Kevin Yost during the second quarter of Saturday's game.  Tripp was a key component to the Grizzly defensive machine, including an 80-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery late in the second quarter.

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Redshirt sophomore running back Jordan Canada heads for open space after busting through Idaho State's defensive line for a 9-yard run and the Grizzlies' first touchdown of Saturday's 70-24 rout.

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Montana Grizzlies' Defensive Coordinator Ty Gregorak stayed on top of his squad despite their consistent stops on third down.  The Griz D held Idaho State to only 24 hard-earned points in the face of Montana's 70 point blowout.

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Shay Smithwick-Hann, one of three Montana quarterbacks to play Saturday, takes a quarterback keeper up the middle.  Starter at the position, Smithwick-Hann logged 250 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day.

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Redshirt freshman Samson Kaleikini checks the scoreboard as the third quarter winds down in the Grizzlies' 70-24 rout of the Idaho State Bengals on Saturday.

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The University of Montana marching band heads toward the South endzone to form the two lines that welcome the Grizzlies onto the field.Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont., October 27th, 2012.
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Montana Grizzly Spirit Squad members run the "GRIZ" flags after every touchdown.

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Griz fans Bunny Saylor (l), Marko Wagenmann, Kindra Evans, and Brian Evans cheer on their hometown Griz after redshirt junior linebacker Jordan Tripp stripped, recovered, and scored an 80-yard fumble.

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Ian Howard stands at the rail overlooking the South endzone at Saturday's game.  Ian watched the Griz beat the Idaho State Bengals 70-24 with his parents Phil & Rachel Howard.

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Grizzly receiver Cam Warren is congratulated for his 3-yard touchdown run by teammate Trevor Poole, a redshirt sophomore offensive tackle.

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Grizzly quarterback Shay Smithwick-Hann looks upfield shortly before running out of bounds mid-way through the third quarter.

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Monte bares his bear fur and claws the camera in a suggestive manner during Saturday's game.  

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Idaho State quarterback Kevin Yost is chased by Grizzlies Josh Harris (#96) and Zack Wagenmann, while Jordan Tripp watches from afar.  Tripp ultimately made the tackle, a testament of his ability to make plays regardless of field position.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont., October 27th, 2012.
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Redshirt sophomore running back Brett Kirschner was the Grizzlies' go-to red-zone back, logging two touchdown runs under ten yards and finishing the game with 54 yards on 13 carries.  

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Montana Grizzlies' junior defensive tackle Alex Bienemann looks to the sidelines for instruction during Saturday's game against Idaho State.  Thanks to smash mouth defense the Griz won 70-24.

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Redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Holt plows through Idaho State's line to deliver some pain to the Bengal quarterback.  Holt had a great game Saturday, including a very controversial interception ruled incomplete on the field.

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Lil' Mo rides into Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Saturday, October 27th, 2012.  The Montana Grizzlies pummeled the Idaho State Bengals 70-24.
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Monte rode into Saturday's game between the Montana Griz and the Idaho State Bengals on the roof of a humvee, waving the American flag and disco dancing.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont., October 27th, 2012.
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The University of Montana marching band stands ready to escort the hometown Griz onto the field for Saturday's contest against the Idaho State Bengals.

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Austin Smith in a tie

Austin Smith is a 21-year resident of the Missoula area, and an ardent fisherman, hunter, and snowboarder. When not working on the University of Montana campus, taking classes in the Journalism program, or contributing to the social media efforts of several local organizations, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his Akita and his family.