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Montana announces future home-and-home football series with Indiana State

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Posted at 3:39 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 18:03:42-04

MISSOULA — It won't be in a basketball game against Larry Legend, but the Montana Grizzlies instead announced a home-and-home series with Indiana State on Wednesday between the two football programs.

Montana will play at Indiana State, the alma mater of former Boston Celtics great Larry Bird, on Sept. 17, 2022 at Memorial Stadium (12,764) in Terre Haute, Indiana, while ISU will travel to Missoula for a game on Sept. 20, 2025.

Indiana State competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The meetings will be the first between the two programs.

"It is always great when we can add a Missouri Valley Football Conference team to the schedule," UM athletic director Kent Haslam said in a news release. "Plus, we are excited to welcome another FCS team making their first trip to Missoula."

Montana is 2-1 since the Big Sky/Missouri Valley Challenge Series was created in 2018. The Griz beat South Dakota in 2019 and split with Northern Iowa and Western Illinois in 2018.

ISU went 5-7 in 2019 including 3-5 in conference.

The Big Sky Conference postponed its 2020 football season to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other notable and future non-conference games for Montana include at Washington and home against Western Illinois in 2021, a home game with South Dakota in 2022, a home game with Butler in 2023, home games against Missouri State and Western Carolina and at North Dakota in 2024 and at Western Carolina and a home game against North Dakota in 2025.