Montana Has Another Must-Win Contest at South Dakota Sat. Nov 9


THE GAME: The 10th-ranked (Sports Network poll) Montana Grizzlies (7-2/4-2 Big Sky Conference) will play a key non-league game, Saturday, Nov. 9, to keep its FCS playoff hopes alive, facing the talented University of South Dakota Coyotes (4-5/3-3 Missouri Valley Conference) in the DakotaDome (10,000).  Kickoff is at 12:07 p.m.  (Mtn).

LAST GAME: (Montana 51, at Sacramento State 48-OT): Quarterback Jordan Johnson connected with wide receiver Ellis Henderson for a 25-yard touchdown pass in overtime, and running back Jordan Canada rushed for a record-tying four TDs to lead the Grizzlies.

WINNING WAYS: Montana’s win at Sacramento State gave the Grizzlies their 27th winning season in the past 28 years, starting in the 1986 season.


CANADA TIES RECORD: Canada’s four TD runs ties him with four other players for the most in single-game history at Montana.  The last player to rush for four scores was Lex Hilliard in a first round FCS playoff game against Northwestern State in 2004.  (See add 2-2-2).


Photo by Patrick Record.

HENDERSON SHINES: Henderson had a career-high 180 yards receiving, along with 177 return yards, for a career-best 357 all-purpose yards in the Sac State win.

JOHNSON HAS CAREER DAY: Johnson was 19-of-38-0 for a career-high 381 passing yards and 2 TDs against the Hornets.  (His previous high was 354 yards at North Dakota earlier this season).

KANONGATA LEADS D: Linebacker J.P. Kanongata’a had a game-high 15 tackles.  Free safety Matt Hermanson added 14 stops; LB Brock Coyle had 12; CB Nate Harris had a career-high 11.Coyle and Hermanson  each had two forced fumbles, and Hermanson also recovered a fumble.

MONTANA’S POW NOMINEES: Canada was UM’s offensive nominee; Hermanson was the defensive nominee; and Henderson was the special teams candidate.

USD SCORES TO DATE: at S. Dakota 10, UC Davis 7; at Kansas 31, S. Dakota 14; at #22-N. Arizona 22, S. Dakota 16; at W. Illinois 24, S. Dakota 10; at S. Dakota 17, Missouri St. 14; at S. Dakota 17, Indiana St. 14; S. Dakota 38, at #11-Northern Iowa 31 (2 OTs); at Illinois St. 28, S. Dakota 14; #10-Youngstown St., 38, at S. Dakota 34.  OF NOTE: South Dakota’s only loss at home this season was 38-34 last week to 10th-ranked Youngstown State.  SDU is 44-9 at home since the end of the 2003 season.  USD head coach Joe Glenn was the head man at Montana from 2000-02, going 39-6, and his 2001 Griz team won the Division I-AA national title.

LAST MEETING: Sept. 1, 2012 (at Montana  35, South Dakota 24): UM’s two senior running backs led the way, as Dan Moore had career-highs of 27 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown, while  Peter Nguyen had 10 totes for 192 yards and a score.  The Grizzlies picked up a school-record 34 first downs in the win.  (Game stats & story on add 13 of the release).

SERIES: The Griz lead the series 10-6, and have won seven of the last nine.   UM is 2-5 in games played at South Dakota.  (Year-by-year scores are on add 23 of the weekly release).


GRIZ RADIO: Veteran Mick Holien is in his 21st season calling the play-by-play and the “Voice of the Grizzlies.”   Scott Gurnsey  provides in-booth color, while Greg Sundberg  serves as the sideline reporter.  UM’s flagship station is KGVO Radio, 1290 AM/KVWE 101.5 FM.  (Griz FB Radio Network listed on add 10 of the weekly release).


TWITTER: @umgrizzlies_fb & umgrizzlies_sid.


TV: The Griz-Coyote game will be televised by Max Media of Montana.  Chris Byers calls the play-by-play, Ron Davis provides in-booth color, and Shaun Rainey serves as the sideline reporter.  The game will be aired on KTMF-FOX 23 & 42 in Missoula/Kalispell;  KWYB-FOX 18 & 28 in Butte/ Bozeman; KFBB-FOX 5 in Great Falls; KHBB-FOX 5 in Helena; KULR-NBC 8 in Billings; and KXGN-NBC in Glendive.