Jan. 9, 2012
The University of Montana’s 2012 football schedule was released Monday. It features six home games, with four Big Sky Conferences foes along with two nonconference Football Championship Subdivision squads.
“This should be an exciting schedule for Grizzly fans,” said UM Director of Athletics Jim O’Day. “It combines great competition each week and includes 11 Division I opponents – six of which will be coming into Washington-Grizzly Stadium.”
Montana opens its 2012 season at home on Sept. 1 by welcoming back former mentor Joe Glenn and his South Dakota Coyotes team. The Coyotes were 6-5 last season with wins over nationally ranked Eastern Washington (30-17) and Southern Utah (24-19). The Coyotes lost 38-37 at No. 22 North Dakota in their last game.
Glenn, who is entering his first season at USD, posted a three-year record of 39-6 at Montana from 2000-2002 and guided the Grizzlies to the 2001 national title. USD returns 11 starters.
On Sept. 8 the Griz travel to Boone, N.C., to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a game that will highlight two of the nation’s most successful FCS programs over the past decade.
The Mountaineers were 8-4 last season and ranked 12th in The Sports Network/Fathead.com’s final poll. ASU, which lost 34-12 to Maine in an FCS second-round playoff game last year, will return 17 starters in 2012.
UM’s second home game on Sept. 15 pits the Griz against another outstanding FCS team, the Liberty Flames. Liberty finished 7-4 last season, losing 41-31 at Stony Brook in its final Big South Conference and regular-season game, which knocked it out of the playoffs.
The 25th-ranked Flames, based in Lynchburg, Va., return 13 starters from last season. Liberty recently hired former Kansas coach Turner Gill.
Montana plays its third home game in four weeks as well as its Big Sky opener on Sept. 22 against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in its annual Homecoming contest. The Jacks return 15 starters from a 4-7 team.
The Griz have three other conference home games, beginning with new league member Southern Utah on Oct. 13, followed by an Oct. 27 contest against Idaho State.
The Thunderbirds, who were 6-5 a year ago, return 12 starters, including quarterback Brad Sorensen. Sorensen passed for 3,142 yards in 2011 and was named the Great West Conference Player of the Year on offense. ISU returns 16 starters, 10 from its offense.
Montana ends its regular season on Nov. 17, hosting Montana State in the 112th Griz-Cat clash. MSU, coming off a 10-3 season, returns 16 starters, including nine on defense. The Griz have an open week on Nov. 10, the week prior to the Griz-Cat contest.
League road contests are at Eastern Washington (Sept. 29), Northern Colorado (Oct. 6), inaugural Big Sky member North Dakota (Oct. 20) and Weber State (Nov. 3).
The Eagles and Bears both return 16 starters from last season. UND returns 15 starters, including eight on offense, from an 8-3 team that won seven of its last eight games and was 6-0 at home. The Wildcats return 18 starters.
The season ticket price for the 2012 Grizzly football season will be $252. There will be a discount of $25 (for a cost of $227, for approximately a 10 percent discount) for season ticket holders who pay by April 2.
Season ticket holders who have not paid for the 2012 season by May 1 will lose their season privileges. Invoices will be mailed out the week of January 18, 2012.
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