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Montana Grizzlies’ collapse versus UC Davis mimics regular season

Posted at 6:07 PM, Oct 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-28 20:07:22-04

MISSOULA – The Montana Grizzlies led UC Davis 21-3 at halftime and still suffered its worst loss ever in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The Grizzlies have not lost by 28 points at home since 1985, the year before it was built.

And Saturday’s game — a 49-21 loss — was a perfect example of what we’ve seen this year from the Grizzlies: a fantastic start; a defense that looked dominant; Dalton Sneed looking like the real deal at quarterback; followed by a second half where no one had an answer and everything spiraled out of control.

“We’re 4-4,” said head coach Bobby Hauck. “Probably don’t feel very good about that, even though it’s maybe not unexpected. But not where we want to be, not where anyone internally expects to be. We’re going to lick our wounds. We’re going to get back in the saddle, and we’re going to fight our tail off next week.”

Many Griz fans had seen enough. The stadium emptied out well before the fourth quarter was over. Montana keeps making the kind of history you don’t want to see. It’s the first three-game losing streak for the program since 1992, and now they head on the road the next two weeks trying to salvage something, with a trip to Southern Utah next Saturday.