The Montana Grizzlies came into the Alerus Center on Saturday with a clear goal in mind: to not let what happened last season happen again this year. It was pretty evident they achieved their goal. The Griz routed UND 55-17 in the most lopsided game in Alerus Center history. They looked like a completely different team from last season and it showed on the scoreboard. Montana dominated both sides of the ball and even looked good on special teams as well. UND heads into their bye week with a 1-2 record.
- Total Yards = Montana – 609 UND – 336.
- Once again UND could not get the running game going. They finished the game with 35 attempts for 55 yards. 1.6 yds per carry (sacks included).
- The Montana secondary was much improved over last year. They played tight coverage all game and gave the UND offense nothing easy at all.
- UND is now -5 in turnover margin on the year and have only forced one turnover in three games.
- QB Jordan Johnson has completely changed the Montana offense. They are a machine with the precision passing, quick footed Johnson at the helm and should be a lock for a high seed come playoff time. The EWU game at Montana on Oct. 26 will be a good one.
- Still not quite sure why Montana faked the extra point and ran it in for two when they were up 53-17. Apparently last year’s SIX point win by UND on a last second TD was reason enough to try and pour it on this year with a classless extra point fake at the end of the game. Nice touch.
- Montana was so confident coming in that they kicked off to Greg Hardin every single time, no pooches, no directional kicking, nothing. Hardin never did break one and was contained most of the game, whether it was on offense or special teams.