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
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
"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,
"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
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."
Swogger connected with Eric Allen on a 19-yard scoring pass.
Andrew Schmidt capped Montana's scoring with a 3-yard run with 5:20
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."