Much the same at Homecoming at Washington Grizzly Stadium and that certainly is a good thing.
Having lost just 26 games in the history of the Stadium and winners of 21 of the last 22 "Get Back to Campus" celebrations, the Grizzlies dominated outmanned Northern Colorado early on then coasted to victory without tallying a second half touchdown.
More than 25,000 relished the pre-game extravaganza then settled in to enjoy a penalty-filled afternoon that saw Montana hang four first quarter TDs on the Bears who struggled to match the early intensity.
Mick Delaney thought the Griz had a scheme to block a punt and sure enough after back-to-back procedure penalties, they sent the house and over matched UNC's personal protectors and with Addison Owen's block took possession at the 10-yard line and Jordan Johnson found Jamaal Jones on the second play for Montana's first score of the Big Sky Conference season.
Northern Colorado back-up QB Jonathon Newsom gave the Bear some spark by out running a good share of the Griz D on a 74-yard TD rambling up the middle of the field to get the Bears on the scoreboard and cut the first-half advantage to 21 and a second quarter field goal made the score respectable but Johnson's third scoring pass made it 35-10 at the break and this one was pretty much in the book as the teams only traded second-half field goals..
Johnson also ran in a TD to match the second most touchdowns in Griz history which also was accomplished earlier this season by Travon Van and moved into third all-time with 59 passing TDs passing Cole Bergquist.
Newsom was at the helm after one series when starting QB Sean Rubalcaba was sidelined with a shoulder injury noticed during warm-up. Improvisational under some intense Griz pressure, he was able to often elude Montana defenders and completed 22 for 198 yards.
Buchannan Watch List defensive end Zack Wagenmann had quite an afternoon but I thought his best move came after his television interview with Jen Mueller when an adoring young man sprinted toward him and into his arms.
Like throughout his stellar career Zack never missed a beat and casually caught him and walked into a larger crowed of fans.
That was my play of the day befitting Homecoming.