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Grizzlies Win in Overtime After Allowing Opposing Quarterback Career Yardage for Second Week

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There’s a saying that in some football games, the last team with the ball will win. That was definitely the case on Saturday, November 2, when the Montana Grizzlies won a wild overtime game against Sacramento State 51-48 on the road.

The Grizzly defense, for the second week in a row, allowed an opposing quarterback to rack up record yards, but, unlike the game against Eastern Washington last week, still managed to eke out a win. Sacramento State’s Garrett Saffron passed for over 400 yards and ran for almost a hundred more, scoring six touchdowns, four in the air and two on the ground in the loss.

Montana’s junior quarterback, Jordan Johnson came out firing in the second half, ending up with 339 yards of passing, with scoring strikes to Jamal Jones and Ellis Henderson, including the one-play overtime drive that ended the game.

Montana’s running game, hobbled by injuries to Travon Van and Joey Counts, was responsible for five touchdowns. Jordan Canada scored four times, while John Nguyen scored once.

Up next for the Grizzlies, now 4-2 in Big Sky Conference play and 7-2 overall, is a non-conference road game against the former Grizzly head coach Joe Glenn at the University of South Dakota. The Griz then return home to host Weber State. The regular season will end on the road at Montana State, still unbeaten in conference play at 6-0.

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