VERMILLION, S.D. — There was a lot of talk about the Montana Grizzlies trying to establish the run more in 2019, but in Week 1 of this season, the Griz showed they can still do damage through the air.
Dalton Sneed threw for 430 yards -- 300 of them to the starting wide receiver duo of Samori Toure and Samuel Akem -- and three touchdowns, one of the top performances in program history.
"We have 100 performance trust in our skills, as well as our quarterback's," said Toure. "Just being able to rely on our training to go out there and play fast. Going out there and just thinking, 'We don't have to be timid. We're just going out there with confidence and play fast.'"
"They didn't challenge us," said head coach Bobby Hauck of South Dakota's defense. "They were ganged up to stop the run -- they gave us several fronts that we had not practiced against. They didn't challenge us on the outside. That was their game plan: They were going to make us throw it, and thank goodness we can."
Montana returns home in Week 2 for another non-conference game against North Alabama with a chance to move to 2-0 on the season before a date with Pac-12 power Oregon.