3:05 PM ET, September 23, 2006
Washington-Grizzly Stadium, MISSOULA, MT
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- If there were any concerns about Montana having an early bye week, or quarterback Josh Swogger having two weekends off with a broken finger, they were all put to rest Saturday.
Swogger passed for 221 yards and three touchdowns and Brady Green and Reggie Bradshaw each ran for two scores in Montana's 59-14 win over Sacramento State.
"Josh did a good job today," said UM coach Bobby Hauck. "I really didn't know how he was going to play. He hasn't played a lot in recent memory. I wanted to be sure he had the rust off. Josh was efficient today.
"Fourteen of 18 for 220 yards -- that's a pretty good half of football," Hauck said.
Sac State coach Steve Mooshagian was impressed with Swogger, too.
"He's got a great arm and he's very accurate," Mooshagian said. "He made a couple of throws today into coverage that showed NFL accuracy. He's everything that was advertised."
Montana (2-1, 1-0 Big Sky), ranked fifth in NCAA Division I-AA, has now beaten Sac State in each of 12 times the teams have played.
Montana had 413 yards in total offense to 220 for Sac State (0-3, 0-1), which fell just 17-10 to No. 3 Cal Poly a week ago.
The Grizzlies scored on nine of 12 possessions, blocked two punts and intercepted Cal Poly quarterback Marcel Marquez twice. Montana end Dustin Dlouhy had a career-high 12 tackles, as well as a sack and a tackle for a loss.
"My had goes off to the University of Montana," Mooshagian said. "I thought they were very effective, hitting on all cylinders. They kicked our butts in every aspect of the game. If Montana plays like they did today, I don't think anybody is going to beat them."
Bradshaw scored first-quarter touchdowns of 6 and 1 yards to give Montana a 14-0 lead. His second score happened three plays after Muckie Foreman blocked a punt and the Grizzlies took over on the Sac State 28.
Sacramento State pulled within 14-7 on a 9-yard TD run by Torrall Baker with 13:13 left in the half.
Brady Green scored on a 3-yard run to put Montana up 21-7 with 10:46 left in the half. Quinton Jackson's diving interception at the Sac State 18 led to a 30-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter with 7:38 left in the half.
Montana capped its five consecutive scores with three touchdowns in the third quarter.
Green scored on a 15-yard run and Swogger hit Ryan Bagley on a 27-yard touchdown pass at the 8:37 mark.
Craig Chambers caught a one-handed 27-yard touchdown pass to give Montana a 45-7 lead with 3:45 left in the third quarter. That score was set up after Cole Anderson blocked a Hornets punt.
Anderson, who walked on to the Griz football team last season, said: "I told coach Hauck I felt like I could get one today. And I did."
Jason Barnes caught a 60-yard TD pass from Marquez with 14:07 left in the fourth quarter for Sac State.
"I will say this about Sacramento State. Steve's kids hang with it," Hauck said. "They are playing good football, both offensively and defensively."
Marquez, in his first start for the Hornets, completed 11 of 20 passes for 126 yards. Barnes caught four passes for 104 yards.
"We've played three ranked opponents. We've played in some tough environments," Mooshogian said. "But we're going to win some games. We're going to make some noise in this conference."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-12||5-9|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-1|
|TD||7:11||REGGIE BRADSHAW 6 YD RUN (DAN CARPENTER KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 50 yards.
|TD||2:56||REGGIE BRADSHAW 1 YD RUN (DAN CARPENTER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 28 yards.
|TD||13:13||TORRELL BAKER 9 YD RUN (JUAN GAMBOA KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||10:46||BRADY GREEN 3 YD RUN (DAN CARPENTER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 72 yards.
|FG||7:38||DAN CARPENTER 30 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yards.
|TD||12:21||BRADY GREEN 15 YD RUN (DAN CARPENTER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||8:37||RYAN BAGLEY 27 YD PASS FROM JOSH SWOGGER (DAN CARPENTER KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 27 yards.
|TD||3:45||CRAIG CHAMBERS 14 YD PASS FROM JOSH SWOGGER (DAN CARPENTER KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||14:07||JASON BARNES 60 YD PASS FROM MARCEL MARQUEZ (JUAN GAMBOA KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||12:59||ERIC ALLEN 19 YD PASS FROM JOSH SWOGGER (DAN CARPENTER KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||5:20||ANDREW SCHMIDT 3 YD RUN (DAN CARPENTER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 16 yards.