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Montana Grizzlies to host Delaware this week in second round of FCS playoffs

Ryan Carty Delaware
Posted at 3:40 PM, Nov 25, 2023

BILLINGS — The Montana Grizzlies will host the Delaware Blue Hens in the second round of the FCS playoffs next Saturday at 7 p.m.

Delaware rallied to beat Lafayette 36-34 in a first-round game Saturday in Newark, Delaware. The Blue Hens (9-3) trailed 28-7 early in the second quarter but three touchdown passes by Nick Minicucci sparked a rally and put them ahead 33-28 with 12:18 left.

Lafayette retook the lead 34-33 following a Jamar Curtis touchdown run from 1-yard out, but a field goal by Delaware's Alex Schmoke with 1:37 left gave the Blue Hens the winning points. Delaware's defense recovered a late fumble to close the game.

Montana (10-1) is fresh off winning the outright Big Sky Conference title with a 37-7 victory over rival Montana State last week. The Grizzlies are the No. 2 seed for the playoffs and had a bye this week.

Saturday's game will mark the second meeting between Montana and Delaware in the postseason. The Blue Hens beat the Griz 49-48 in a first-round game in 1993 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.