J.P. Kanongata'a tackles ASU's Tony Washington in the game in Boone, N.C. last season. (Mike Bashor photo)
Aug 27, 2013
THE GAME: The 20th-ranked (The Sports Network) University of Montana Grizzlies (0-0) open their 2013 season against fellow FCS powerhouse #12 (TSN) Appalachian State Mountaineers (0-0) on Saturday, Aug. 31, with kick-off at 7:00 p.m. (Mtn.) in UM's Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
MAROON OUT: Griz fans are encouraged to wear their school colors at the game, as it has been tabbed a "Maroon Out" contest.
GRIZ IN HOME OPENERS IN WGS: Montana is 22-5 in home openers at Washington-Grizzly Stadium since 1986, and has won 11 of its last 12. UM's last loss in a home opener was 25-24 to North Dakota State in 2003. The largest attendance for a home opener in WGS is 25,855 versus Cal Poly in 2011.
GAME SPONSOR: Saturday night's game is sponsored by Garden City Plumbing.
GRIZ RADIO: Veteran Mick Holien begins his 21st season as the "Voice" of Grizzly football. Former Griz (1991-94) wide receiver Scott Gurnsey provides in-booth color, while Greg Sundberg serves as the sideline reporter. UM's flagship station is KGVO Radio, 1290 AM/KVWE 101.5 FM. (Grizzly Football Radio Network listed on add 2-2-2 of the weekly release).
STREAMING & LIVE STATS: Audio Streaming: gogriz.com/all-access. Live Stats: gogriz.com
FOOTBALL RADIO & TV SHOWS: The "Mick Delaney Radio Show" airs every Tuesday at 6:00 pm on Montana's statewide Grizzly Football Radio Network, starting on Aug. 27. The Grizzly Sports Report weekly television show airs on FOX/ABC Montana every Monday (except for the bye-week, Sept. 9) and begins Sept. 2, and begins at 9:35 p.m.
TV: The UM-ASU game will be televised by Max Media of Montana. Chris Byers of KULR-TV in Billings calls the play-by-play, while former (1999-02) Grizzly QB John Edwards will provide in-booth color, and Max Media's Shaun Rainey will serve as the sideline reporter. It can be seen on KULR-TV in Billings; KFBB-TV in Great Falls; KHBB-TV in Helena; KTMF-TV in Missoula; KWYB-TV in Butte and Bozeman; and KXGN-TV in Glendive. The game will also be available on ESPN3. http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1102713/appalachian-state-vs-montana-college-football
MONTANA-APPALACHIAN STATE SERIES: This is the fourth meeting between the teams, the Griz holding a 2-1 edge in the series. The scores: 2000: at Montana 19, ASU 16-OT (I-AA semifinal). 2009: at Montana 24, ASU 17 (FCS semifinal). 2012: at ASU 35, Montana 27. (A re-cap of the 2012 game is on add 12). OF NOTE: Montana and ASU have 10 FCS championship game appearances and 41 FCS playoff berths between them.
TRIPP NAMED BIG SKY PRESEASON MVP: Senior linebacker Jordan Tripp was named the league's pre-season MVP on defense. Joining Tripp on the pre-season all-league team was senior offensive tackle Danny Kistler Jr.
2013 CAPTAINS: Tripp and fellow senior linebacker Brock Coyle were named UM's 2013 defensive captains after spring drills. Kistler and junior quarterback Jordan Johnson were chosen as the co-captains on offense.
11 ALL-LEAGUERS BACK: UM has 11 All-Big Sky picks back this season. Danny, Tripp, and defensive end Zack Wagenmann were named to the first team a year ago. Honorable mention selections from last season who return are defensive tackles Alex Bienemann and Tonga Takai; linebacker J.P. Kanongata'a; Coyle; safety Matt Hermanson; center Kjelby Oiland; kicker Chris Lider and punter Stephen Shaw. (Johnson was named honorable mention in 2011).
WIN STREAK SNAPPED IN 2012: Montana finished with a losing record for the first time in the past 27 years, going 5-6 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky (T-8th) last season. It was the first time in 20 years that Montana finished lower than first or second in the league.
GRIZ WERE ALWAYS IN THEIR 2012 GAMES: Montana was competitive in all six of their losses last season. At one point, the Griz had the lead in five of the six games they lost, and its largest loss was 10 points. Those scores: at Montana 24, Northern Arizona 14 (halftime); Montana 26 at Eastern Washington 17 with 8:26 left in the game; at Montana 17, Southern Utah 13 (halftime); Montana 34, at North Dakota 31 with 6:05 left in the game. Montana 7, Montana State 3 with 2:04 to go in the first quarter. NOTE: Montana trailed Appalachian State just 28-27 with 8:54 left in the game a year ago.
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