Grizzlies host PSU Vikings in Big Sky Conference and Homecoming game
Oct. 1, 2013
THE GAME: The 10th/12th-ranked (The Sports Network & FCS Coaches' polls) University of Montana Grizzlies (3-1/0-1 Big Sky Conference) continue league play, hosting Portland State Vikings (3-2/0-1) Saturday, Oct. 5 in UM's annual Homecoming Game. Kickoff in Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium is slated for 1:35 p.m. (Mountain).
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).
TV: The UM-Portland State game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS. Tom Glasgow calls the play-by-play, Jason Stiles is the in-booth analyst, and Brad Adam serves as the sideline reporter.
AUDIO STREAMING: gogriz.com/all-access.
LIVE STATS: gogriz.com.
TWITTER: @umgrizzlies_fb & umgrizzlies_sid.
TV COVERAGE INFORMATION: The game will air on ROOT SPORTS Northwest Direct TV Channel 687 and Dish Channel 426. It is on ROOTS SPORTS Rocky Mountain Direct TV Channel 683 and Dish Channel 414. Big Sky games are on Audience Network Channel 101. It is also on DirecTV's "EVERYWHERE" app. ROOT SPORTS is available on cable throughout Montana, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico, as well as parts of Nevada, South Dakota and Kansas. Check your local listings for ROOT SPORTS.
LAST GAME (At NAU 34, Montana 16): NAU senior halfback Zach Bauman rushed for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns and the host Lumberjacks returned two fumbles for scores, as they defeated the Grizzlies in the Big Sky opener for the teams.
SECOND WIN IN A ROW FOR JACKS: It was the second straight win for NAU over Montana. The Griz had beat the Lumberjacks 14 consecutive seasons until losing this season and last year. It was NAU's first win over UM in Flagstaff since 1997 (27-24).
GRIZ POW NOMINEES: Senior linebacker Jordan Tripp, who had 8 tackles, 2 TFLs, and an interception, was UM's defensive nominee, along with sophomore punter Stephen Shaw, who averaged 49.8 yards on five kicks was the special teams selection. UM had no offensive nominee.
HOMECOMING HISTORY: Montana is 22-4 in Homecoming games in Washington-Grizzly Stadium ( 1-0 versus PSU, 20-17, 1998, and has won 19 of last 20).
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS: PSU is ranked second in the FCS in rushing yards (299.4 ypg) and third in total offense at a whopping 587.0 yards a game. Senior halfback DJ Adams (5-10, 210) is ranked 12th in the nation in rushing (123.4 ypg), while quarterback Kieran McDonagh (6-2, 245, So.) is 16th in passing yards a game (266.2 ypg). Top tacklers are safety Dean Faddis (6-0, 205, Sr.) and LB Jaycob Shoemaker (6-0, 230, Sr.), with 47 and 43 total tackles each.
PSU SCORES TO DATE: PSU 57, E. Oregon 17; at Cal 37, PSU 30; PSU 43, Humboldt State 6; PSU 41 at UC Davis 10; #18-Cal Poly 38, at PSU 34.
SERIES/LAST MEETING: The Griz lead the series 28-11 and have won seven in a row, and 15 of the last 17. The last time PSU won in Missoula was 1987 (20-3).
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