The University of Montana Grizzlies fought the Northern Alabama University  Lions tooth and nail on Saturday night, Sept. 7, and emerged victorious, winning the home-opener 61-17. 

The first touchdown of the evening came with just over six minutes left in the first quarter from Marcus Knight. It was followed closely by a touchdown from the Lions. Place kicker Brandon Purdy closed the first quarter for the Griz with a 36-yard field goal, leaving the Griz up 10-7. 

The Lions scored just twice more: a field goal and a touchdown during the second quarter. 

The Griz responded with single touchdown in the second quarter.

After heading into the locker room at the half with a single-point deficit (17-16), the Griz buried the Lions in the second half, scoring four touchdowns in the third quarter and three in the fourth quarter. Marcus Knight led scoring with three touchdowns, for a total of 21 points. 

The Grizzlies will play away at the University of Oregon next weekend, on Sept. 14. The Ducks are ranked at 16th in the AP top 25 and will pose a challenge to the Griz. Kickoff is at 8:45 p.m. mountain time, and the game can be watched on the PAC12 network.