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Griz thump Aggies


October 14, 2013

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Montana running back Jordan Canada, right, gains yards during the Grizzlies' Big Sky Conference win over UC Davis Saturday night in Davis, Calf.

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Johnson threw for two touchdowns and Montana ball carriers notched four more as the Grizzlies ran over UC Davis 42-7 in a Big Sky Conference game on Saturday.

Behind a big offensive line that manhandled defenders in opening holes, No. 11 Montana (5-1, 2-1) racked up 255 yards rushing, including an 18-yard scoring run by Travon Van and TD runs of 1 and 24 yards by Jordan Canada. Canada had 126 yards on 24 carries.

Johnson was 12 of 20 for 163 yards passing, with TD strikes of 30 and 21 yards to Ellis Henderson. Backup QB Shay Smithwick-Hann had a 41-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Montana held UC Davis (2-5, 2-1) to 237 yards of total offense and bagged two interceptions, including one that set up a touchdown.

The Aggies' only score came on a 9-yard run by QB Randy Wright, in the third quarter. Montana went the entire game without a penalty or a turnover.

“We really preached to the kids every minute of this week that we have to be able to go on the road and play like we do at home and like we did at North Dakota,” UM head coach Mick Delaney said. “I still think (Davis) is a very good football team physically, especially on defense. … I’m really proud of the way our guys focused and really, really took to heart what we said about playing on the road.

The Grizzlies return home to face Cal Poly this Saturday. Montana State, which had a bye this weekend, travels to Weber State on Saturday.

Note: Havre Daily News sports editor George Ferguson contributed to this story.


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