8:05 PM ET, October 2, 2004
Stewart Stadium, Ogden, UT
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Craig Ochs passed for 210 yards and three touchdowns and Justin Green ran for two more scores Saturday night to lead Montana to a 42-21 victory over Weber State.
The Grizzlies (4-1, 1-0 Big Sky), ranked 7th in NCAA Division I-AA, have now beaten Weber State (0-5, 0-2) in 15 of the last 17 meetings and lead the overall series 32-11. The Wildcats haven't defeated the Grizzlies since 1998 and haven't started 0-5 since 1989.
"I think maybe the big surprise in the league is the fact that they're 0-5," UM coach Bobby Hauck said of the Wildcats. "They're a good team. Tonight, they weren't real good at third down and they turned it over."
Ochs led Montana through five scoring drives on the night, while the Grizzlies' defense forced three turnovers that ended promising Weber State drives.
"He looked like he ran around pretty well tonight," Hauck said of Ochs, who suffered a calf injury two weeks ago in a loss at Sam Houston State. "He had a nice game."
Montana put the game out of reach in the third quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run by Green and 3-yard TD pass from Ochs to Tate Hancock.
Nick Chournos led the Wildcats rushing 34 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard run with 14:02 left in the fourth to make the score 28-14.
Montana scored twice more, on a 35-yard pass from Ochs to Levander Segars and a 6-yard run by JR Waller, to take a 42-14 lead with 5:28 remaining.
WSU wrapped up the scoring with a 3-yard pass from Ian Pizarro to Wiley King with 2:20 remaining.
Ochs also had touchdown passes of 16 yards to Willie Walden in the second quarter and 3 yards to Tate Hancock in the third.
Shane McIntyre had an interception, a fumble recovery and one of Montana's five sacks. Tuff Harris had a 38-yard interception return and Mike Murphy had two sacks.
Weber State's three quarterbacks combined for 269 yards passing, well below the 500-plus yards the Griz had allowed in each of the past two games.
Montana had 175 yards rushing.
"Our areas that have troubled us -- our pass defense and our running game -- we played better in both areas," Hauck said.
Mike Mathis caught four passes for 114 yards for Weber State.