MISSOULA – Coming off a huge win, and looking ahead to next week’s showdown with the Bobcats, you could call this week a trap game for the Grizzlies. Montana hosts Northern Colorado on Saturday.
The Bears have struggled throughout 2017 with a 2-6 record. UNC’s defense ranks dead last in the Big Sky, giving up over 500 yards a game. And the Bears also rank at the bottom in rushing, gaining less than 90 yards per contest.
But don’t expect a Montana let down because of the competition. The Griz remember last November’s trip to Greeley, a surprising 28-25 loss to Northern Colorado that helped keep the Griz out of the playoffs.
“We’re not going to get trapped into that, cause we talk about it every single day,” said Griz head coach Bob Stitt. “You can ask these guys, I remind them every day what that game is. We have a little bit of payback for this game from last year. Last week we got some, and we plan to get it this week.”
“I think the whole team and everybody thinks about what happened last year and how the season ended,” said sophomore slot receiver Jerry Louie-McGee. “Yeah, we’re going to play with a little chip on our shoulder. We know what happened last year. So we’re ready.”
November could wind up a redemption tour for Montana. They avenged a 2016 loss to Northern Arizona with a thrilling 17-15 victory last week. Then could give the Bears payback on Saturday. And then would look for revenge for a loss to rival Montana State in the final week of the regular season.
The Griz will aim for two in a row in that quest versus the Bears at 1:00 Saturday afternoon in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.