Continuing their mastery over South Dakota the 4th ranked Grizzlies sent the Coyotes packing to set up the biggest FCS game of the year to this point.
After the Grizzlies kept the turnover slate clean through three games and despite their place kicking failures, Montana was strong enough to drop USD for a fourth consecutive time and third straight season.
And while the game appeared to be settled several times with leads of 15, 11 and eight points, the Coyotes wouldn't go away and with a bit less than two minutes to play made it a one-possession game with Eric Shufford's 31-yard TD reception from sophomore backup QB Ryan Seager.
But the onside attempt went awry and the Grizzlies disposed of their 27th straight non-conference opponent before a capacity record crowd at Washington Grizzly Stadium.
Focused on continuing to rush the football, the Grizzlies rushed the ball 40 times with Jordan Canada leading the way by eclipsing the Century mark for the ninth time.
Canada did not see the field in the first quarter - disciplinary matter said Mick Delaney - stepping aside for Travon Van and John Nguyen but his 114v yards was eight more than the senior gained in the first two contests.
While dominating from the get-go, Montana didn't get points on the board until the last 39 seconds of the first quarter after Nguyen culminated a 15-play, 72-yard drive with a robust nine yard tally.
Jordan Johnson was an efficient 16 of 27 for 127 yards and his pair of touchdown passes vaulted the senior into fourth on the all-time list passing Grady Bennett, who was doing the television commentary.
He also moved into seventh on the all-time pass yardage list.
The story of the evening might well have been the defense which completely stifled the South Dakota rushing attack holding them to 134 yards and held the Yotes without a first down until midway through the second quarter.
Buchannan list defensive end Zack Wagenmann paced the unit with a trio of both tackles-for-loss and sacks.
The Missoula senior now stands just 51/2 sacks back of the all-time leader, the late Tim Bush, and passed Trey Young for sixth on the list of career tackles-for-loss.
Now at 2-1 it's on to Fargo to face streaking North Dakota State