The University of Montana defeated the Eastern Washington University Eagles for the first time since 2015 on Saturday, marking the team's 600th program win and sixth season victory.
The Griz started strong, scoring an initial 3 points from a kick early in the first quarter. However, the Eagles followed with a quick touchdown, putting the Griz at a deficit. This deficit continued through the first two quarters, and the Griz went into the locker room at half down 10-14.
The Eagles got the first touchdown of the second half, bringing their score to 17. It stayed there, however, as the Griz followed with a touchdown from man-of-the-match Marcus Knight. Knight scored early in the third quarter to equalize for the Griz.
A Brandon Purdy kick earned the Griz 3 more points to pull ahead, and three fourth-quarter touchdowns put Montana solidly ahead of Eastern Washington, where it stayed for the win.
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University of Montana quarterback Cam Humphrey leads the team in the traditional post-game fight song after the Grizzlies' 34-17 victory over Eastern Washington in Washington-Grizzly stadium on Oct. 26, 2019. The Griz beat the Eagles for the first time since 2015, marking their 600th win in program history.
University of Montana safety Nick Ostmo gets ready to run through the Eastern Washington University Eagles' defense during the fourth quarter.
University of Montana spirit squad member Kellen Hogan shouts for the Griz defense during the first half of the game. The Griz trailed behind Eastern Washington for the first half before making a comeback during the second.
University of Montana wide receiver Samori Toure runs the ball to the wing after receiving a pass from the quarterback.
University of Montana wide receiver Samori Toure looks to dodge around an Eastern Washington University player as he runs the ball up the wing for the Griz.
The University of Montana offense struggles in the snow against the Eastern Washington opponents, feet from the end zone. The first half of the game ended just as the snow began to get heavy.
University of Montana safety Gavin Robertson dives into a tackle to help defend against an Eastern Washington offensive run. The Eagles are the favorites for conference champions this year, and won the Big Sky Conference last year.
University of Montana wide receiver Samuel Akem celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown with fellow receiver Samori Toure.
An Eastern Washington University fan watches the scoreboard as the Griz overcome the Eagles to win the important rivalry match. Eastern Washington fans filled both away-fan sections in the stadium, showing out for the cold away match.
University of Montana running back Marcus Knight evades the Eastern Washington defense, running the ball toward the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
University of Montana running back Marcus Knight scores a touchdown for the Griz before being tackled during the third quarter to equalize the game 17-17. Knight scored three touchdowns for the Griz during the game.
University of Montana linebacker Dante Olson glances back through the snow at the defensive coach just before the restart of play.
University of Montana running back Marcus Knight tries to run the ball out toward the wing late in the second half. Knight was named player of the game.
University of Montana defense, Robby Hauck, back, and Jacob McGourin, front, bring down the Eagles' run during the fourth quarter of the game.
University of Montana wide receiver Samuel Akem celebrates the rivalry win over Eastern Washington on Oct. 26, 2019. Akem scored the final touchdown of the game to bring the Griz to a 34-17 lead over the Eagles.
University of Montana defensive end Vika Fa'atuiese embraces fans over the stadium railing after the victory.