Despite winning the STATS FCS national freshman of the week honor, Montana’s Jerry Louie-McGee did not win the Big Sky Conference’s offensive player of the week.
Louie-McGee, the redshirt freshman from Couer d’Alene, Idaho, caught a Big Sky single-game record 21 receptions in the Grizzlies’ 42-41 loss at Cal Poly. He totaled 155 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while also accumulating 114 kickoff return yards.
But North Dakota’s Brady Oliveira was named the conference’s offensive player of the week for his efforts at Montana State. Oliveira had a career-high 171 yards and his first two-touchdown game. His 60-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter was also a career long.
All three of Oliveira’s career touchdowns and both of his career 100-yard games have come against the Bobcats.
Southern Utah’s Tyler Collet was selected as the conference’s defensive player of the week after his two-interception performance against Portland State. He also had eight tackles and one pass break-up.
Weber State kicker Taylor Hintze is a multi-award winner this week, claiming both the Big Sky Conference and STATS FCS special teams player of the week awards. Hintze made three field goals in the Wildcats’ 38-35 win over UC Davis, including a 54-yard as time expired in the first half and a 35-yarder to lift Weber State to the conference win. The 54-yarder was the third-longest field goal in WSU history.
Grizzlies fall out of top 10
After its first loss of the season, Montana fell from sixth to 11th in both the STATS FCS and FCS Coaches’ polls.
The Grizzlies are one of three Big Sky teams ranked in the STATS FCS Top 25, and one of four Big Sky teams ranked in the FCS Coaches’ Top 25. Eastern Washington is the highest-ranked Big Sky team in either poll, ranking fourth in the STATS FCS poll and fifth in the FCS Coaches’ poll.
Cal Poly, which was not ranked prior to this week, debuts at No. 16 in the STATS FCS poll and 18th in the FCS Coaches’ poll. Southern Utah also went from unranked last week to No. 24 in the Coaches’ poll.
The sledding doesn’t get much easier for the Grizzlies this week, but they do return home to the friendly confines of Washington-Grizzly Stadium. No. 11 Montana hosts No. 24 Southern Utah Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Thunderbirds, who qualified for the FCS playoffs in 2015, are 1-0 in the Big Sky after last week’s 45-31 win over previously ranked Portland State. The Grizzlies are 0-1.
Schedule (Saturday, Oct. 1)
(All times MST)
Southern Utah at Montana, 2:30 p.m.
Montana State at Sacramento State, 7 p.m.
Cal Poly at North Dakota, 2 p.m.
Northern Arizona at Northern Colorado, 1 p.m.
UC Davis at Eastern Washington, 2 p.m.
Idaho State at Portland State, 3:30 p.m.