One had to expect the unexpected approaching Montana's opener Saturday at Wyoming.
But I certainly was not prepared for not only the extra time that it took to determine the outcome because of a pair of weather stoppages that left few in the stands and seemed to ping pong momentum and emotion back and forth like the volley of a tennis ball.
And when the team charter sat idling on the tarmac at the Laramie airport after the game, well you know it was just one of those games.
The Grizzlies just couldn't survive a pair of Wyoming rushes scored in the third quarter after lightning near War Memorial Stadium about doubled the halftime intermission.
Montana sported a three-point halftime advantage after wide receiver Ryan Burke took a pitch from Jordie Johnson and connected in the far end zone with Missoula Loyola's Josh Janssen 26 yards out in the opening third of the second quarter.
Late placekicking insertion Harrison Greenberg hit the upright on the PAT attempt to leave the halftime score at 6-3.
But the Cowboys benefitted from strong blocking at the point of attack and some missed tackles to put up a pair of TDs in the penultimate quarter to take an 11-point lead and while the Grizzlies made it interesting with a scoring toss from Johnson to Eugene Oregon Shelton High counterpart Mike Ralston on a tackle eligible set near the halftime way mark of the fourth quarter the two-point attempt was unsuccessful and Wyoming claimed the five-point decision.
But there was plenty to hang their hat on especially with Montana putting itself in a position to win in the final stanza and allowing less than 300 yards to an FBS opponent.
The game marked the inaugural appearance for at least 10 players and the Grizzlies claimed the turnover column with a fumble recovery and a Jeremiah Kose pick that turned back a Wyoming red zone opportunity after the block of a Steven Shaw punt.
Montana knew they had to effectively rush the ball against the Cowboys but with a completely novice offensive line they only were able to gain about two yards a carry on 19 attempts.
I am sure not into moral victories but there is plenty good to be said about how Montana performed.