The Montana State Bobcats dominated the University of Montana defense for one half of football Saturday afternoon at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. In the end, that half was just enough. The Bobcats scored 21 points on three straight first-half posessions, then held the Grizzlies off in the second half for a 21-16 win on a frigid and snowy Satueday afternoon in Missoula.
Trailing 21-14 at the half, the Grizzlies (7-4) rallied to outgain MSU 243-56 in total yards in the second half. But three turnovers, including to UM fumbles on the MSU goalline cost the Griz go-ahead points.
Chase Reynolds rushed for 198 yards, while MSU's Orenzo Davis also went over 100 yards on the day. MSU (9-2) didn't committ a turnover on the day and had just two penalties, while snapping a four-game losing streak to the Griz. The Cats also won for the first time in Missoula since 2000. The Bobcats clinched a share of the Big Sky title with the win and will certainly be a top eight seed in the FCS playoffs. Meanwhile, with four losses, the Griz are a longshot to extend their 17-year playoff streak.
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