Griz-North Dakota game notes

Following are game notes provided by the University of Montana Sports Information Department for the Grizzlies football game at North Dakota Saturday. Click below for a PDF of the game notes.

Griz-UND Game Notes

GAME No. 8 OF 2012: The University of Montana Grizzlies (3-4/1-3 BSC) are back on the road, as they play North Dakota (3-4/1-3 BSC) in Grand Forks, N.D., in a Big Sky Conference game in UND’s Alerus Center (12,283) on Saturday, Oct. 20, with kickoff at 1:40 p.m. (Mountain).

GRIZ RADIO: Veteran Mick Holien calls the play-by-play for Griz football for his 20th season in a row.  Former Griz (1991-94) wide receiver Scott Gurnsey and Greg Sundberg provide color commentary.  UM’s flagship station is KGVO Radio, 1290 AM/KVWE 101.5 FM.  (2012 Grizzly Football Radio Network is listed on add 6-6-6 of the weekly release).

TV: The Griz-UND game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.  For DIRECTV customers, this weekend’s games will be available on ROOT SPORTS Channel 687 in the Northwest region and Channel 683 in the Rocky Mountain Region. The game will be available in the outer market on Audience Network Channel 239-1. For Dish Network Customers, the game will air on Channel 426 in the Northwest Region and Channel 414 in the Rocky Mountain Region. ROOT SPORTS is widely available on cable throughout Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and New Mexico, as well as parts of Nevada, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

ROOT SPORTS ANNOUNCERS  UM at UND: Tom Glasgow (play-by-play), Jason Stiles (analyst), and Jenny Mueller (sideline reporter).

STREAMING: Montana’s remaining four games this season will NOT be video streamed.  Audio streaming is available on

MONTANA-UND SERIES HISTORY: Montana leads the series 11-7-1.  The Griz won the last meeting, 27-17 in Missoula in 2010. The last time the teams played in Grand Forks was in 1973, North Dakota winning 31-10.   Montana is 4-3-1 all-time at UND; the Griz lead the series 5-2 in Missoula; and it is tied 2-2 in neutral site (played in Billings, Mont.) games.  (North Dakota quick facts and Grizzly-UND series game-by game scores on add 3-3-3 of the weekly release).

GRIZ LAST WEEK: Southern Utah 30, at Montana 20: The Thunderbirds handed the Grizzlies another disappointing loss in front of a home crowd of 25,684 in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.  SUU outscored Montana 17-3 in the second half to overcome a four-point (17-13) halftime deficit.  (Griz-T-Birds game story & stats on add 17-17-17 of the weekly release).

OFFENSIVE LEADERS VERSUS SUU: Senior running back Peter Nguyen led the Grizzlies with 15 carries for 91 yards. Sophomore running back Jordan Canada had 11 rushes for 71 yards.  As a team, Montana rushed 42 times for 224 yards. Freshman quarterback Trent McKinney was 17-of-29-1 for 194 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 29 yards and a TD.

DEFENSIVE LEADERS VS. SUU: Junior linebacker Brock Coyle led the Montana defense with 13 tackles, along with 2 forced fumbles, and he had one of UM’s seven sacks.  Junior linebacker Jordan Tripp had 6 tackles and 3 tackles for loss, while sophomore end Zack Wagenmann had 1.5 sacks.  Sophomore cornerback Josh Dennard had 7 tackles and broke up five passes.

MONTANA’S WEEKLY POW NOMINEES: Nguyen was UM’s nominee for the Big Sky’s offensive player of the week, while Coyle was the nominee on defense.

NGUYEN MOVES UP TO 11TH ON MONTANA’S CAREER RUSHING YARDS LIST: Nguyen, from Seattle, Wash.,  now has 1,590 career rushing yards to move up to 11th in school history.  He needs 103 yards to pass Dick Imer and move up to 10th.