Southern Utah's defense only gives up 26 points per game this season (Photo courtesy: Southern Utah Athletics)

MISSOULA – Montana has only lost their homecoming contest once in the past 23 years. But Southern Utah only has one loss to a Big Sky team in the last two seasons. Something will give on Saturday.

And it won’t be easy for the Griz offense to solve the Thunderbirds defense. Former defensive coordinator Demario Warren moved up to head coach this year. His unit gives up a lot of yards, but not a lot of points. And the T-Birds have forced 8 turnovers through three games. Bob Stitt has not faced Southern Utah before. But they have his respect.

“Well they’re pretty good,” said head coach Bob Stitt. “They lost some big time players, a few guys that went to the NFL. And they’re very, very solid. And really when you watch their defense, you can’t find a weakness. I think a lot of success that they back end is having is cause they’re getting some pressure. Their d-ends can get some pressure. And their two big guys, they just plug it up in the middle. And then their ends can get after the quarterback a little bit.”

On the other side of the ball, the Grizzlies like the way they match up against the Thunderbirds offense, which runs first and then looks for play action. The showdown will kickoff at 2:30 Saturday.