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.
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University of Montana running back Marcus Knight eyes the endzone before scoring a touchdown in the game's first half. The University of Montana Grizzlies beat the Southeastern Louisiana Lions 73-28 in the second round of the FCS playoffs, Saturday Dec. 7, 2019 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
University of Montana wide receiver Jerry Louie-McGee grips the Griz sledgehammer before leading the team onto the field.
University of Montana cornerback Justin Calhoun attempts to tackle a Southeastern Louisiana offensive player. Calhoun made six tackles for the Griz during the game.
University of Montana wide receiver Mitch Roberts celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the game's first half. Roberts had a gain of 85 yards for the game.
University of Montana wide receiver Jerry Louie-McGee sprints past a Southeastern Louisiana defender in the game's second half. Louie-McGee contributed 17 yards to Montana's total 600 yards gained during the game.
Southeastern Louisiana defensive back Xavier Lewis signals a shushing motion to Montana fans after he blocked an endzone pass to University of Montana wide receiver Jerry Louie-McGee.
Southeastern Louisiana University wide receiver Javon Conner outsprints University of Montana defensive end Joe Babros. Conner led the Lions in receiving with 155 yards and two touchdowns.
The University of Montana mascot Monte Bear crowd surfs the Griz student section.
University of Montana wide receiver Mitch Roberts attempts to catch the ball for a touchdown in the game's first half.
Southeastern Louisiana University senior running back Devonte Williams carries the ball as he runs towards the endzone against University of Montana during the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. University of Montana defeated Southeastern 73-28.
University of Montana wide receiver Samori Toure points upfield after gaining a first down against Southeastern Louisiana University in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. Toure had a total of 303 receiving yards, breaking Randy Moss' 1996 Playoff single-game record of 288.
Southeastern Louisiana University quarterback Chason Virgil calls out to his teammates in the first half against University of Montana in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. Virgil threw a total of four touchdowns against the University of Montana in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Southeastern Louisiana University wide receiver Javon Conner stands up from being tackled after catching a pass against the University of Montana in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.
The Southeastern Louisiana University cheerleaders watch the game as Louisiana rushes the ball down the field in Washington-Grizzly Stadium Saturday.
Southeastern Louisiana University running back Devonte Williams eyes the endzone before getting tackled by University of Montana linebacker Dante Olson in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.
University of Montana wide receiver Samori Toure breaks down the field towards the endzone in the second half against Southeastern Louisiana University on Saturday. Toure had a total of three touchdowns and broke a record set by Randy Moss in 1998 by surpassing 288 yards with a total of 303 receiving yards by the end of the game.
University of Montana wide receiver Samori Toure breaks down the field towards the endzone as he is about to catch a pass in the second half against Southeastern Louisiana University in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Toure ended the game with 303 receiving yards, bringing his season total to 1,410.
University of Montana defensive tackle Eli Alford takes down Southeastern Louisiana University running back Devonte Williams in their own endzone for a safety, adding 2 more points to the board in the fourth quarter.
University of Montana players celebrate after freshman cornerback Corbin Walker intercepted the ball shortly after entering the game in the fourth quarter. University of Montana played Southeastern Louisiana University in Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Saturday, winning 73-28 to advance to the FCS quarterfinals. This will be the first time since 2009 that University of Montana will play in the quarterfinals.
The University of Montana football team prays in the center of Washington-Grizzly Stadium after defeating Southeastern Louisiana University 73-28 to advance to play Weber State in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. This will be the first time since 2009 that University of Montana will play in the quarterfinals.