The Grizzlies were one of the five top FCS teams to suffer defeat Saturday but that certainly doesn't make it any easier to swallow.
Hopes of an upset against the high-flying Eagles fell by the wayside as Eastern Washington drove the field for a game clinching field goal to prevail by ten.
You had to know that Montana could not survive a shootout and when they fell well back at 33-10 the casual observer probably had to figure this one was in the books.
But this group of Grizzly continued their never-say-die attitude and came charging back even after the disheartening dagger Eagle score at the end of the first half brought it to 20-10.
A pair of missed EWU PATs helped to make the second half interesting and when the Griz cut it to seven, even though they had just a single time out remaining, I figured we were headed to another one of those classic Montana-Eastern finishes.
While he didn't have his astronomical yardage figures, quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. proved the four-week layoff because of injury affected him little.
After a six TD performance last year, he threw for a mere quartet of scores for 399 yards to seal Montana's fate.
Grizzly quarterback Jordie Johnson had a career day hitting 29 of 50 for 447 yards to pass Cole Bergquist and move into fourth all-time with 7,739 yards.
Jamal Jones continues to be the go-to receiver with a career-high nine catches for 139 yards.
And on defense linebacker Herbert Gamboa simply was outstanding with three sacks, an equal number of stops for loss and 10 total tackles.
Zack Wagenmann picked up a sack and now trails only Kroy Biermann by a half sack and is one behind the late Tim Bush, the school record holder.
With Idaho State's 30-28 upset of Cal Poly, a quartet of teams remain with a single league loss and certainly not overlooking Southern Utah on the road next week, Montana's playoff hopes seem to come down to the outcome of the Cat game.
With Northern Iowa ending North Dakota State's streak, McNeese State, Richmond and Youngstown all losing, it lo0oks to be quite the 24-team FCS playoffs.