University of Montana wide receiver Mitch Roberts attempts to catch the ball for a touchdown in the game's first half.

After the bye week, the Griz were able to dominate against Southeastern Louisiana, winning the game 73-28 to move onto the FCS National Quarterfinals.

The first quarter did not start great for the Grizzlies. After, the team was able to force a punt on the Lions opening drive and allowed a 29 yard touchdown pass to Southeastern Louisiana’s receiver Javon Conner.

Montana quickly turned the game around with its first offensive play of the game — a 62 yard touchdown pass to Samori Toure to tie the game 7-7. The drive only took seven seconds off of the game clock.

After the defense held the Lions from scoring, Brandon Purdy kicked a 32-yard field goal to increase the lead 10-7.

Marcus Knight started the second quarter with a 4-yard rush and a touchdown. Dalton Sneed was able to avoid a sack and throw a pass to Mitch Roberts for a 15-yard touchdown at the back of the endzone. This was Robert’s first touchdown for the Griz.

There was no defense to be found in the final two minutes of the first half for each team. There were four touchdowns combined, including an 81-yard kick-return touchdown for the Griz by Malik Flowers. This was his second returned touchdown of the season.

At the half, the score was already 38-21. There was 601 total yards of offense combined for both teams.

Nothing changed in the beginning of the second half, with the Griz coming out and scoring a touchdown in the first minute. Sneed was able to find Toure again in the endzone with a beautiful 29-yard pass. This improved the score to 45-21 for Montana. As expected, though, the Lions scored again shortly after with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Chason Virgil.

Marcus Knight was able to score two more touchdowns in the quarter to break the University of Montana’s all-time rushing touchdowns in a season record, set by Chase Reynolds in 2008. Knight now has 24 touchdowns in the year.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Samori Toure caught a 47-yard touchdown to also break a couple records. He broke Montana’s single-game receiving yard record of 279 yards and passed NFL legend Randy Moss’ 288 receiving yards in a single FCS playoff game. Toure finished the game with 303 receiving yards.

“It’s surreal because he has always been my favorite receiver growing up. That definitely means a lot to me,” Samori Toure said when asked about having his name above Randy Moss’.

The Griz ended the game by returning an interception for a touchdown with 1:50 remaining on the clock. Freshman Corbin Walker was able to make his first interception. Montana walked away with the 73-28 win.

“It’s great to have playoff football back in Missoula … for us to be back in the quarterfinals. It was a good job by our assistant coaches and players, getting out there and having a great plan, executing it and going after the win,” said head coach Bobby Hauck in the post-game press conference.

Montana will play No. 4 Weber State Saturday, Dec. 14 in the National Quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.