For the University of Montana homecoming weekend, the Grizzlies beat the Idaho State Bengals, 59-20, with a second half resurgence at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Oct. 5, 2019.
Players and fans endured periodic rain showers and temperatures in the mid 40s during the game. In the first half, Griz and Bengal players slipped on the wet field as fans huddled under rain coats and shouted support through foggy breath.
The Bengals led the Griz 10-0 in the first quarter with notable performances by receivers Michael Dean and Tanner Conner. In the second quarter, the Griz responded by scoring 24 points with touchdowns by Marcus Knight and Samuel Akem. The two teams went into their locker rooms with the score 17-24, Griz in the lead at the half.
In the game's final half of the game, the Griz stayed consistent with their scoring by achieving 14 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth. Wide receiver Samori Toure assisted with a touchdown and quarterback Dalton Sneed rushed scoring a total of two touchdowns.
After UM's victory over Idaho State University, the Griz are 5-1 and the Bengals 2-3 in the Big Sky Conference. This time last year, the Grizzlies were 4-2. The Griz will play Sacramento State next on Oct. 19 in Sacramento, California.
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University of Montana redshirt sophomore tight end Bryson Deming out-sprints an Idaho State defender in the second quarter of the Griz's homecoming game at Washington Grizzly Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Griz held off their opponents winning, 59-20.
Griz redshirt senior tight end Colin Bingham celebrates with running back Marcus Knight after a third quarter touchdown. Knight ran for three touchdowns during the game.
An Idaho State defender stops a Grizzly offensive drive by picking up sophomore running back Marcus Knight.
As a misty rain begins, University of Montana spirit squad dancer Ciera Syvrud waves to the student section. The Griz played their 100th homecoming game this Saturday in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Redshirt senior quarterback Dalton Sneed avoids being tackled by jumping over an Idaho State defender. Sneed was the most valuable player for the homecoming game.
University of Montana redshirt senior linebacker Dante Olson prepares to tackle Idaho State running back Ty Flanagan.
Griz redshirt junior corner back Josh Egbo sports a disappointed gesture after a referee calls a penalty on the Griz. Most of the non-starting Griz football players showed their support from the student section.
Sophomore running back Marcus Knight is handed off the ball by quarterback Dalton Sneed. Both Sneed and Knight helped the Griz by each scoring multiple touchdowns.
The Idaho State center snaps the ball with his right hand, his left wrapped up in a cast.