7th-ranked Griz begin Big Sky slate on the road against #22-ranked Jacks
Sept. 24, 2013
THE GAME: The 7th-ranked (The Sports Network & FCS Coaches' polls) University of Montana Grizzlies (3-0/0-0 Big Sky Conference) open their league season, playing the 24th/22nd-ranked Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-1/0-0) Saturday, Sept. 28, in NAU's Walkup Skydome (10,000), with kick-off slated for 7:10 p.m. (Mountain).
LONG RIVALRY: This will be the 46th meeting between the Griz and Lumberjacks, in a series which began in 1966. NAU joined the Big Sky in 1970, while UM is an inaugural (1963) member of the conference. The Jacks' last win (24-17) over the Griz in Flagstaff was in 1987.
GRIZ RADIO: Veteran Mick Holien is now in his 21st season as the "Voice of the Grizzlies." 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 1-1-1 of the weekly release).
AUDIO STREAMING: gogriz.com/all-access.
LIVE STATS: www.NAUAthletics.com.
TWITTER: @umgrizzlies_fb & umgrizzlies_sid.
TV: The UM-NAU game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS. Tom Glasgow calls the play-by-play, Jason Stiles is the in-booth analyst, and Jen Mueller serves as the sideline reporter.
ROOT TV INFORMATION: The game will air on ROOT SPORTS Northwest Dish 426 and DirecTV 687 and Direct TV's Audience Network 101. Also on Dish Network Blockbuster Channel 102. NOTE: The game will not be aired on ROOT Rocky Mountain due to a Dodgers-Rockies baseball game. DirecTV customers can stream the game to smartphones or tablets through DirecTV's Watch Anywhere App., DirecTV's Audience Network Channel 101.
LAST GAME (At Montana 47, Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies 14): The Grizzlies scored on six of their first seven possessions and true freshman halfback John Nguyen rushed for 144 yards, as UM cruised to the victory over the out-manned Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies.
NATIONAL LEADERS: Montana leads the FCS in attendance, averaging 26,054 in two games so far this season. The Griz had a record 26,293 in their opener against Appalachian State, while 25,814 were in Washington-Grizzly Stadium last Saturday.
GRIZ POW NOMINEES: Offense: Nguyen had 22 carries for a 144 yards (a 6.6 average). Defense: Sophomore linebacker Addison Owen had 5 tackles, returned an interception 21 yards, and recovered a fumble. Special Teams: Kicker Ben Worst made 3-of-3 field goal attempts, hitting from 50, 41, and 41 yards out, and was 2-of-2 on PATs, and he had two touchbacks on five kickoffs. His 50-yard field goal tied for sixth longest in school history.
LEAGUE POW HONORS: Worst, a true freshman from Twin Falls, Idaho, was named the Big Sky's "Special Teams Player of the Week."
SCOUTING THE JACKS: NAU has one of the top running backs in Big Sky history in 5-10, 200-pound senior Zach Bauman. So far this season he has 61 carries for 278 yards and a TD, and leads the Jacks with 12 receptions. Quarterback Kyren Poe (6-3, 190, So., 1V) is 53-of-94-4 for 455 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Jacks have a veteran defense with eight senior starters, led by linebacker Austin Hasquet (6-1, 225, Jr., 2V) with 18 tackles, and safety Luck Dozier (5-10, 185, Sr., 1V) and end Steven Garcia (6-2, 235,, Sr., 1V), with 16 stops each. NAU Scores to date (2-1): At Arizona 35, NAU 0; NAU 21, at UC Davis 10; at NAU 22, South Dakota 16. NAU Next week: at Montana State.
GRIZ CONNECTIONS: NAU's head man is Jerome Souers, 86-86 in his 16th season, and an assistant coach at Montana for 12 seasons from 1986-97. Defensive coordinator Andy Thompson played linebacker for the Griz from 1999-2001-03, while NAU safeties/special teams coach David Reeves played at UM from 1984-87.
THE SERIES: The Grizzlies had won 14 in a row until the Lumberjacks won 41-31 at UM last season. The Griz had won 19 Homecoming games in a row until their loss to the Jacks in 2012. Montana has won 23 of the last 25 contests. (UM-NAU year-by-year scores and 2012 game stats and game story on adds 12 & 13).
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