Bob Stitt remembers a similar scenario when Montana played Idaho State last November (MTN Sports photo).

MISSOULA – This all feels familiar for the Grizzlies of the football field. A mid-season slump has put their backs against the wall, heading into the final three games of the season, just like what we saw in 2015.

And once again, Montana will battle Idaho State in November coming off a tough lost Last year the Bengals didn’t make it easy on the heavily-favored Griz. The fourth quarter ended in a 27-27 tie, and Montana fumbled on the opening possession of overtime. It took a bad snap on an Idaho State game-winning field goal attempt, which Montana returned for a touchdown, for UM to finally finish off the win. Everyone remembers that thrilling finish this week.

“We’re in the same position as last year. We need to win these final three games,” said linebacker Connor Strahm. “We needed to win that game. You know, we don’t want it to come down to the last play with them having the ball. We’d like to put it away a little earlier than that.”

“They played the team that is on top of the conference, North Dakota, very close, and has played some other teams very close,” said head coach Bob Stitt about the Bengals. “If you don’t come out and take care of business early you’re going to have a fight on your hands, which is exactly what happened to us at their place last year.”

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The Grizzlies have dominated at home this year. They hope that trend does continue for an unusual kickoff time versus the Bengals, 5:00 Saturday evening.