MISSOULA – November equals crunch time for college football. Since the calendar turned, it’s like a switch turned on for the Montana Grizzlies, particularly on offense.
Montana came out firing in road games at Southern Utah and Idaho. The Griz scored 93 points in three halves, and then let off the gas down the stretch in a blowout last week.
Quarterback Dalton Sneed has keyed the outstanding stretch. He has 553 passing yards and eight touchdowns, plus 181 rushing yards and another score, without turning the ball over once in those two games. It’s a big improvement compared to Sneed’s play during a three-game losing streak in October, but his role as a team leader has never changed.
“I think our offense is definitely clicking. I think all three facets of the game have come together,” said Sneed. “We’ve shown what kind of team we can be when we play fundamental, sound football and work together as a team.”
“The thing that I am most thankful for is Dalton and his confidence,” said senior receiver and captain Keenan Curran. “When things were a little shaky, and you saw me personally or some of the receivers underperform, he never wavered in his confidence for us.”
Sneed will be part of a dynamic quarterback competition this week against Bobcat star Troy Andersen. The two will make their first starts under center in the rivalry when Montana and Montana State collide for the 118th time at noon on Saturday.