Blowout makes everything feel better for Montana Grizzlies

MISSOULA – It’s amazing how much brighter everything seems for the Montana Grizzlies this week. Turning in your most dominant performance of the season is a great way to break out of a slump.

The Griz put their first three-game losing streak since 1992 in the rear-view mirror with a 57-14 Big Sky Conference football blowout at Southern Utah. Nearly every snap ended with something positive for the maroon and silver. They gained 635 yards of offense, their highest total of the season, while holding the T-Birds to 241 yards, the lowest they have given up this year.

Griz players feel vindicated, because they knew they were capable of this kind of performance.

“It’s always good to get back in the win column,” said senior wide receiver Keenan Curran. “There is a lot more smiling, a lot more laughter after a game like that. You definitely saw the complete spectrum of what we can be if we play a complete game, and that was pretty exciting.”

“Third and fourth quarter was definitely fun,” said senior safety Reid Miller. “To pitch a shutout in the second half is something we’ve been looking to do all season. It’s pretty cool to go in the locker room at halftime and come back out and not let the opponent score, so it was a pretty fun feeling.”

Another strong performance would give the Grizzlies a winning record on the road for the first time in five years, but Idaho is a perfect 4-0 in the Kibbie Dome this season. The renewed rivalry will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time Saturday in Moscow.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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