Grizzlies fall in Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Montana gave the University of Wyoming everything it wanted in the teams’ 2014 opener and had to endure two long delays due to lightening strikes which lasted a total of 57 minutes, losing 17-12 setback to the FBS Cowboys in front of 25,243 fans in UW’s Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Game stats

The game’s second lightening strike delay came with 13:28 to play and lasted 32 minutes, while the first came with about 12 minutes remaining in the halftime break, and it took 25 minutes. The game lasted a total of four hours and three minutes.

The Grizzlies made a run at the Cowboys late in the game, as senior quarterback Jordan Johnson tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman tight end Mike Ralston, cutting Wyoming’s lead to 17-12. After the Johnson-to-Ralston TD hook-up, UM’s two-point conversion try failed, and the Griz trailed by five point (17-12) with 8:20 left to play.

The Cowboys went ahead 10-6 and took the lead for good with 5:10 to go in the third quarter on a 5-yard scoring run by junior halfback Shaun Wick. Wyoming had started that go-ahead drive on their own 42-yard line when Griz went for a first down on a fourth-and-long and Johnson was sacked for a 6-yard loss.

Wyoming upped its lead to 17-6 with 2:11 to go in third period, when sophomore halfback C.J. May broke off left tackle and raced 58 yards untouched to the end zone for a touchdown.

Montana took a 6-3 lead and scored the only second-quarter points with 11:28 to go in that period on 26-yard touchdown pass from sophomore wide receiver Ryan Burke to redshirt freshman Josh Janssen on and end-around play. Sophomore kicker Harrison Greenberg’s PAT attempt was not good, as it bounced off the left cross bar of the goal post.

— Montana Sports Information

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