Montana quarterback Gresch Jensen attempts a pass at Portland State (Photo courtesy: Melissa Buerkle).

HILLSBORO, Ore. – Saturday’s win for the Grizzlies evened their Big Sky Conference mark at 1-1 on the strength of strong defense against Portland State. That defense and swift offense coalesced into a force through which Portland State just could not penetrate.

Justin Strong set that tone for the game early on with an interception on the first play. Strong was all about intercepting Saturday with three total and another one on a two-point conversion try. This helped the Griz get out early and command – Montana never once fell behind the Vikings during the 45-33 matchup.

That first-play defense would be echoed late in the game, with Strong making his third interception, this time running 64 yards for a touchdown — all while wearing a cast on his hand.

The Griz go on to surprise Idaho State next week.