Griz host T-Birds in crucial Big Sky game this Saturday in Washington-Grizzly Stadium
Oct. 9, 2012
GAME #7 of 2012: The University of Montana Grizzlies (3-3/1-2 BSC) are back in Missoula for their first home game in the month of October, hosting the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds (2-4/1-2 BSC) in a Big Sky Conference game in UM's Washington-Grizzly Stadium/at John Hoyt Field (25,217). Kickoff is at 1:40 p.m. (Mountain).
GRIZ RADIO: Veteran Mick Holien calls the play-by-play for Griz football for his 20th season in a row. Former Griz (1991-94) wide receiver Scott Gurnsey and Greg Sundberg provide color commentary. UM's flagship station is KGVO Radio, 1290 AM/KVWE 101.5 FM. (2012 Grizzly Football Radio Network is listed on add 6-6-6 of the weekly release).
TV: The game will be televised by Max Media (ABC/FOX) of Missoula. Announcers: Chris Byers (play-by-play), Grady Bennett (color), and Shaun Rainey (sidelines). The game will also be aired on KWYB-ABC 18 & 28 Butte/Bozeman, KTMF-ABC 23 & 42 Missoula/Kalispell, KFBB-ABC 5 Great Falls, KHBB-ABC 5 Helena, KULR-NBC 8 Billings, and KXGN-NBC Glendive.
STREAMING: The game will be video streamed on gogriz.com and on bigsky tv.org.
SERIES HISTORY: Montana leads the series 4-1 and has won the last three in a row. This will be the first time the teams will compete against each other in a Big Sky game. (SUU quick facts and Griz-T-Birds series game-by game scores on add 3-3-3 of the weekly release).
GRIZ LAST WEEK (Montana 40 at Northern Colorado 17): The Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak, got their first Big Sky win of the season, and continued to rush the ball well (46 carries for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns). (Griz-Bear game story & stats on add 17-17-17 of the weekly release).
NGUYEN HAS BANNER DAY: Senior halfback Peter Nguyen rushed for a career-high 159 yards on just 15 carries, to average 10.6 yards per attempt. In the second half Nguyen rushed 8 times for 138 yards (17.3 yards per carry) and one touchdown.
CENTURY MARK UPDATE: Nguyen has now rushed for 100 or more yards in five career games and three times this season. His previous career-high was 149 against Western Oregon last year. Earlier this year he rushed for 102 yards against South Dakota and he had 119 at Eastern Washington.
MCKINNEY SOLID: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent McKinney had 10 carries for 65 yards and two TDs, and was 14-of-25-0 passing for 142 yards and one TD. McKinney had not thrown a touchdown pass in UM's previous games against Northern Arizona and at EWU.
COYLE & "WAGS" LEAD D: Junior linebacker Brock Coyle had a career-high 11 tackles at NC. Sophomore defensive end Zack Wagenmann had 5 tackles and two sacks. Montana's "D" allowed 62 rush yards, forced five turnovers, and amassed four sacks.
PICKIN' IT: The Griz had four interceptions at NC: one each by Josh Dennard, Bo Tully, Nate Harris, and Caleb Walden. It was the first career pick for Dennard, Harris, and Walden, and the second for Tully. The last time UM had four picks in a game was against Western Oregon last year.
COYLE HONORED: Coyle was named the Big Sky Conference ROOT Sports Co-Player of the Week on defense. Along with his 11 tackles, the 6-2, 240-pound junior from Bozeman, Mont., had 11 tackles with a sack, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups. He returned the fumble 23 yards to set up a Grizzly touchdown. It is Coyle's first player of the week award. He shared the award with Sacramento State senior linebacker Jeff Badger.
POW NOMINEES: Montana's other nominees for player of the week from the NC game were Nguyen and Caleb Walden in the special teams area. Walden intercepted a pass by NC's punter and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown and scored Montana's first points of the game.
YOUNG STARTERS: Montana has five senior starters in 2012. Four (wide receiver Sam Gratton, tight end Greg Hardy, guard Jake Hendrickson, and Nguyen), are on offense and one on defense (end Josh Harris). Gratton leads the way with 37 starts, while Hardy is next with 30.
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