BOZEMAN – The Grizzly football team is putting it all together.
Saturday it came at the expense of a Bobcat season that came all apart.
Halfbacks John Nguyen and Jeremy Calhoun combined for 179 yards rushing and two scores, Daniel Sullivan kicked four field goals and receiver Jamal Jones caught three touchdown passes as Montana cruised past Montana State 54-35 Saturday in a the 115th renewal of the classic rivalry.
A Grizzly team that lost starting quarterback Brady Gustafson to injury in September and wasn’t really able to muster a running game until recent weeks took control by scoring on seven consecutive possessions in the first half.
Gustafson finished 23-for-39 for 353 yards. He was intercepted once and harassed early on by blitzing defenders, yet delivered a poised performance as the Grizzlies cinched a spot in the FCS national playoffs.
“Our run game got so much better during the six or seven weeks that Brady was gone,” Grizzly head coach Bob Stitt said. “And then you put it together and it’s pretty dynamic and explosive.”
John Nguyen rushed for 134 yards on 27 carries with a 48 yard carry. He also caught a pass for 7 yards.