HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Bobby Hauck called it Washington-Grizzly west. Players referred to it as a home game. Montana Grizzly fans just called it a Saturday.
Griz fans packed into Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday afternoon, drowning out the home crowd of Portland State in UM's 38-23 victory over the Vikings. From the tailgate to the bleachers, fans proudly displayed their maroon and silver, helping the Griz rally from a 17-14 halftime deficit to earn their seventh-overall win and fourth in Big Sky Conference play.
"I have to give a shout-out to all the Griz fans out there, because this was basically a home game for us," said receiver Samori Toure, who finished with seven receptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns. "When someone made a good play, everyone was screaming and I couldn't tell who made the play. I just have to give big ups to the Griz fans. We have a lot of momentum going back home, and we just came out here and did what we love, which is what we're supposed to do."
"We're excited to go home, it's fun, even though this was Washington-Grizzly Stadium west here (Saturday)," said a smiling Hauck. "We're excited to go home and play, and this is why we work as hard as we do, to be in this position with November being here."