The University of Montana Grizzlies led by new transfer quarterback Lucas Johnson routed Northwestern State Demons 47-0 in the football season opener at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Sept. 3.

During his first start as a Grizzly, Johnson put on an impressive show, running for 76 yards with a long of 37 and averaging of 10.9 yards per carry. His arm did not disappoint either, completing 15 of 24 passes for a total of 208 yards, four touchdowns and only one sack.

“Obviously, it’s a good win,” said UM’s head football coach, Bobby Hauck. “Anytime you get a shutout in college football, this day and age is virtually impossible to do so good by our guys . . . I think Coach Laird does a really good job. I liked their team. Good looking team, I think they’re tough. I don’t think they have any back down in them.”

Offensively, the Demons failed to find footing against the Grizzly defense, who sacked the opposing quarterback four times and intercepted two passes. 

The defense didn’t stop there. It kept Northwestern off the scoreboard altogether. The defense had four forced fumbles, recovered three of them and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. 

“You know what they do and what they have done over the past. And they put a lot of pressure on the quarterback,” Brad Laird, head coach of Northwestern State University, said about the Grizzly defense at a press conference following the game. “You know, they bring a lot of pressure from a lot of different looks but, you know, I mean, I thought we did a lot of good things to be able to pick those up. I think the biggest thing for us was not being able to stay consistent.” 

The Griz will return to Washington-Grizzly Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 to play The University of South Dakota.