Griz-OPSU game notes

Following are game notes for the University of Montana football team’s third game of the season as provided by the MSU Sports Information Department. The Grizzlies play Oklahoma Panhandle State Saturday in Missoula. Click below for a PDF of the media game notes.

Griz-OPSU game notes

THE GAME: The 9th/11th-ranked (The Sports Network  & FCS Coaches’ polls) University of Montana Grizzlies (2-0/0-0 Big Sky Conference) host the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies (1-2) in a non-league contest in UM’s annual “Hall of Fame” game,  Saturday, Sept. 21, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium, with kickoff at 1 p.m.

HALL OF FAME: This  year’s inductees into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame are UM’s 1972 Big Sky champion men’s track team, and former (1994-97) women’s soccer standout Courtney (Mathieson) Jenkins.  They will be formally inducted at a banquet Friday, Sept. 20, and will be introduced on the field prior to this Saturday’s game.

GRIZ RADIO: Veteran Mick Holien is now in his 21st season as the “Voice of the Grizzlies.”   Former Griz (1991-94) wide receiver Scott Gurnsey provides in-booth color, while Greg Sundberg serves as the sideline reporter.  UM’s flagship station is KGVO Radio, 1290 AM/KVWE 101.5 FM.  (Grizzly Football Radio Network listed on add 2-2-2 of the weekly release).

STREAMING & LIVE STATS: Video & Audio Streaming: gogriz.com/all-access.

LIVE STATS: gogriz.com.

RADIO SHOW: The “Mick Delaney Radio Show” hosted by the “Voice of the Grizzlies,” Mick Holien, airs every Tuesday at 6:00 pm on Montana’s statewide Grizzly Football Radio Network. It is broadcasted live from Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in downtown Missoula.

TV SHOW: The Grizzly Sports Report weekly television show airs on ABC-FOX Montana.  The half-hour show airs every Monday during the season, and begins at 9:35 on FOX Montana after the local news in Missoula, Kalispell, Butte, Bozeman, Helena, and Great Falls.  It is hosted by ABC-FOX  Sports Director Dominic Shelden, and features interviews with A different player every week, and of course Head Coach Mick Delaney.   The Coach’s Show also airs every Friday at 4:30 pm MT on Altitude.

TV: The UM-OPSU game will be televised by Max Media of Montana.  Ron Davis calls the play-by-play, John Edwards provides in-booth color, and Shaun Rainey is the sideline reporter.  It will be aired on KTMF-FOX 23 & 42 in Missoula/Kalispell;  KWYB-FOX 18 & 28 in Butte/ Bozeman; KFBB-FOX 5 in Great Falls; KHBB-FOX 5 in Helena; KULR-NBC 8 in Billings;   and KXGN-NBC in Glendive.

LAST GAME: The Griz had a dominant 55-17 victory at North Dakota.  Trailing 7-0 early, UM scored on its first five possessions to take a commanding 33-7 lead en route to the victory.

JJ SETS BIG SKY RECORD: Junior quarterback Jordan Johnson was 15-19-1 (78.9%) passing for 354 yards and 5 touchdowns, setting a Big Sky Conference record in passing efficiency in a game at 322.3.  The old record of 310.4 (10-14-0 for 265 yards and 4 TDs) was held by Eastern Washington’s Mark Tenneson against Sonoma State and set in 1992.

JOHNSON HAS CAREER NIGHT AT UND & PASSES MILESTONE: Johnson’s 354 passing yards against UND was a career-high for him.  He now has 3,049 career passing yards, becoming the 12th player in school history to pass for more than 3,000 yards.

CANADA HITS CENTURY MARK AGAIN: Junior running back Jordan Canada rushed for 104 yards in the UND win — his second 100-yard game this season and the fourth in his career.

D STELLAR: UM’s defense held UND to 336 total yards and picked off two passes.  Junior defensive end Zack Wagenmann had 6 tackles, 3 TFLs and 2 sacks.  LB Brock Coyle had a game-high 9 tackles, while junior safety Matt Hermanson and LB Jordan Tripp had 7 stops apiece.  Tripp and cornerback Nate Harris each had an interception.  The Griz had five sacks and 11 stops for loss in the game.

TALK ABOUT EFFICIENCY!: UM converted on 9-of-10 third downs at UND.  On the season Montana has converted on 72% (18-of-25) of their third down attempts, which leads the nation.

JJ NAMED POW: Johnson was named the Big Sky “Player of the Week” on offense for his performance last Saturday.Wagenmann was UM’s nominee on defense.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: OPSU is a Division II Independent team located in Goodwell, Oklahoma, and has an enrollment of 1,400.  The Aggies are currently 1-2 overall, with a 75-0 loss at Lamar, a 35-13 win over Sterling College, and a 26-10 loss to Adams State.  OPSU returns 11 starters from a 4-6 team of a year ago.  Head coach Russell Gaskamp (Texas, 1999) is in his second season as the head coach there.  SERIES: This is the first meeting between the teams.

NEXT WEEK: Montana begins its Big Sky schedule at Northern Arizona in a game which will be televised by ROOT Sports.  Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in  Flagstaff.



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