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Grizzlies burned by last second field goal

(MISSOULA)- It was far from a high scoring affair. But in the end a last second field goal gave the Col Poly Mustangs just enough juice to hand the Montana Grizzlies the first loss of the season. 

Cal Poly always seems to give Montana a challenge, and even with Coach Bob Stitt's new game plans the Grizzlies were never able to pull away to another comfortable margin over the West Coast squad. 

Montana's Junior QB Brady Gustafson got things started with a 1-yard run in the first quarter, dishing off a short, but effective 6-yard pass to Ellis Henderson to tie the game 14-14 at the half. An effective sack in the end zone by Derek Crittenden had given the Griz a 19-17 lead over the Mustangs with a safety with less than 4-minutes on the clock. 

But Cal Poly's Alex Vega kicked a powerful 48-yard field goal with less than 4-seconds left to give the Mustangs the 20-19 victory. 

Cal Poly controlled the ground game with over 300-yards rushing, with Montana getting just over 100-yards. However Montana was far superior through the air with over 350-yards passing to just 56-yards for the Mustangs. 

Montana's next non-conference game will be against the Liberty Flames in a week. 


Big Sky Conference reviews fracas after Griz-NAU game

KPAX TV photo(MISSOULA)- The commissioner of Big Sky Conference says he's done an initial review of the fracas that broke out during the end of last night's game with Montana and Northern Arizona University and doesn't see anything that would sideline the Grizzlies' coach from the  conference championship game. 

Tensions were running high Friday evening, as the Grizzlies beat Northern Arizona 61-59 when Montana's Jordan Gregory nailed a basket with just .4-seconds left on the clock. As time ran out, Montana player Jermaine Edwards ran out to mid-court, apparently unaware there was still time remaining. Officials determined it didn't disrupt play, and didn't call a technical foul. That led to a scuffle between Montana Coach Travis DeCuire and NAU Coach Jack Murphy. It ended with some shoving, but no punches were thrown as players and assistant coaches helped calm things down. 

Today, Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton said he'd completed his initial look at the fracas and complimented the players for how they handled the situation, saying both teams did a "good job" defusing the situation. 

In a written statement, Fullerton said he sees "absolutely no action" that would warrant DeCuire's suspension and says he's cleared to coach Saturday night, when Montana plans for the championship against Eastern Washington.  


Washington family donates millions to help with new Griz athlete center

UM photo(MISSOULA)- The Washington Family is coming to help the University of Montana once more, agreeing to kick in a whopping $7-million to help complete construction of the new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center.

News of the gift was announced Friday, the largest donation ever made to the UM Department of Athletics. 

The sons of Dennis and Phyllis Washington, Kyle and Kevin Washington, will gift the money on behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. The Foundation has given millions to the university over the years, including the money that built Washington Grizzly Stadium in the mid-1980s. 

The money will pay for half of the new Champions Center, a 46,000 square foot structure to be located on the southwest side of the stadium. It will include a new football locker room and a two-level weight room for all 15 on Montana's men's and women's athletic teams. 

The balance of the $14-million cost is coming from other private donations. The project still needs the approval of the Montana Board of Regents before construction can begin. 


Grizzlies fall with no answer for Bison running attack

(FARGO, N.D.)- North Dakota State sent a message to the Big Sky Conference Saturday. If you want to stop the Montana defense this year, keep it on the ground. 

That was the upshot of the game Saturday as the Bison kept the Grizzlies firmly in check, raising their record to a perfect 4-0 with a 22-10 victory over Montana. 

North Dakota State running back John Crockett was able to run through, around and over Montana's defense, finishing the day with 144-yards on 28-carries. But more importantly, the Bison were able to jam the ball right at the Grizzlies during a strong opening the second half, jumping to a 19-10 lead. 

Jordan Canada had Montana's only TD of the day, scampering for 3-yards in the second quarter, part of only 68-yards on the ground for the Griz. 

Montana falls to 2-2 on the season with no conference games so far. UM will host Northern Colorado next week. 


Griz head coach trading in Bears for Beavers

OSU graphic (MISSOULA)- For Montana Grizzlies basketball fans it's the end of an era. 

But for Oregon State basketball fans the fun may be just beginning. 

After a couple of days of speculation, Oregon State University made it official late Monday, announcing that Montana Head Coach Wayne Tinkle is coming to Corvallis, replacing Coach Craig Robinson who was let go earlier this month. 

Tinkle leaves Montana with an impressive 158-91 record and three NCAA tournament appearances, including being named as Big Sky Coach of Year twice.