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For the third time, the Montana Grizzlies (2-1) spoiled the return of former head coach Joe Glenn, who brought UM its last championship in 2001, with a 28-20 victory over the University of South Dakota Coyotes (1-2) Saturday night.

Montana got above the .500 mark with another impressive performance from its backfield. Led by senior Jordan Canada, the Griz running backs tallied 207 yards on the ground, including touchdown runs by Travon Van and John Nguyen.

Redshirt senior Jordan Johnson made his home debut after missing the previous week with a concussion. Johnson threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 16-for-27 passing.

The bulk of the scoring was done in the second half after the Griz took a 7-3 halftime lead. Both teams went back and forth to start the third quarter.

Montana scored on its first possession after the break on a 12-yard pass from Johnson to senior tight end Mitch Saylor. Montana scored on its first possession after the break on a 12-yard pass from Johnson to senior tight end Mitch Saylor. USD responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Jasper Sanders. UM answered right back with another touchdown pass from Johnson, this time to wide receiver Jamaal Jones, to take a 21-10 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Coyotes cut the lead to eight on a field goal early in the final frame. Van scored the final points of the game for the Griz on a slick 28-yard run, making it 28-13. USD scored with under two minutes to play, but the subsequent onside kick was kicked out of bounds, sealing the victory for Montana.

Senior Zack Wagenman had three of Montana’s four sacks. Safety Matt Hermanson, led the team with nine tackles and added an interception.

It was also a record-setting crowd for Washington Grizzly Stadium. The 26,303 fans on hand eclipsed the record set last year of 26,293 for the Montana-Appalachian State game.

Up next, the Griz travel to Fargo, N.D. to take on the three-time defending FCS national champions, North Dakota State Bison.

SOCCER

In its fourth straight weekend on the road, the University of Montana soccer team gave the Missouri Tigers(4-1-2) everything they could handle, but couldn’t pull out a double-overtime victory in a 4-3 loss.

The Griz(3-4-0) got on the board quickly with a goal from senior Chloe Torres in the fifth minute, but were answered shortly after with a score from Missouri freshman Alli Magaletta.

With the score tied midway through the second half, senior Tyler Adair and freshman Allie Lucas netted goals within two minutes of each other to put the Griz up 3-1. Montana put a season-high nine of 15 shots on target, but it was not enough to return home with the win.

Missouri started its comeback with a goal in the 76th minute, followed by a penalty kick in the 81st minute to tie the game again. Tigers senior Taylor Grant scored the game-winner in the second overtime period to give Missouri the win.

Griz goalkeeper Kailey Norman recorded a career high 11 saves on 27 shots.

After seven matches on the road, the Griz have their home opener this weekend hosting the Montana Invitational. The Griz will take on Colorado State, Hawaii and Eastern Washington.

VOLLEYBALL

The Montana Grizzlies volleyball team continues to search for its first win after losing four matches last weekend at West Virginia University’s tournament.

Montana (0-10) fell to St. Francis in the tournament opener in four sets. They followed the performance by getting swept by the Seton Hall Pirates in their second match.

In their best performance of the tournament, Montana let a 2-1 set lead over Kent State slip away, with the Griz ultimately losing in five sets; 28-26, 24-26, 25-20, 19-25, 13-15. It was the third match this season to go all five sets for the Griz.

In the final match of the tournament, Montana was swept by a West Virginia team that'd previously won nine in a row. Sophomore Michelle Robinson continues to be a bright spot for the team, earning her third all-tournament team selection this year.

The Griz host a pair of matches this week, welcoming Seattle to town on Thursday and playing the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday.


 

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