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Missoulian Sports Columnist/Griz football beat writer

Cal Poly piloted by dynamic leaders

missoulian.com — Whether he's prowling the middle for Cal Poly's defense or beating his buddies in a best beard contest, Nick Dzubnar is one tenacious competitor. The senior linebacker and NFL hopeful will do his best to make things hairy for Montana's offense on Saturday when the Mustangs play host to the seventh-ranked Grizzlies in San Luis Obispo, California.

Cal Poly hungry for revenge after nightmare in Missoula

missoulian.com — There's no hiding the emotional scars of the past for Cal Poly's football team. The Mustangs had Montana cornered last October with a touchdown lead and under three minutes to play in Missoula. Then came Jordan Tripp's improbable blocked field on a 26-yard attempt that likely would have salted the game for Cal Poly with 2:22 remaining.

Notebook: Power of perseverance: Gutsy Griz wideouts make serious mark in victory

missoulian.com — Two heartwarming subplots made Saturday especially sweet for Montana's receiver corps. The first involved senior wideout Sean Haynes. He was making his first appearance this season and had a pair of catches for 45 yards, including a 39-yard gainer that set up Montana's go-ahead touchdown in the third period.

Rested Griz host UC Davis in return from bye

billingsgazette.com — MISSOULA -- With two weeks to repair and prepare, the Montana football team will try to make the most of its only October home game Saturday. The seventh-ranked Grizzlies, idle last week, are a decided favorite in their 12:07 p.m. tilt with struggling Big Sky Conference foe UC Davis.

Upset-minded Aggies to test Grizzlies

missoulian.com — With two weeks to repair and prepare, the Montana football team will try to make the most of its only October home game on Saturday. The seventh-ranked Grizzlies, idle last week, are a decided favorite in their 12:07 p.m. tilt with struggling Big Sky Conference foe UC Davis.

Versatile Van hard to handle: Senior stalwart has fought through adversity to lead UM with eight TDs

missoulian.com — He cuts hard and quick, often leaving opposing defenders jelly-legged and slightly embarrassed. His best move is unique among University of Montana running backs, past and present. Yet the shifty Travon Van is quick to admit it's not original.

Griz defense garners high praise

missoulian.com — Montana's dynamic defense drew a doozie of a compliment this week. "I think arguably this is the best defense we will face all year," said UC Davis coach Ron Gould, whose team will play the seventh-ranked Griz on Saturday inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium. To put Gould's praise in perspective, his team opened the season at Stanford.

Surging UC Davis offense to test Grizzlies

missoulian.com — Coach Ron Gould has a message for Montana's dynamic defensive leader, rush end Zack Wagenmann. "I want to see if we can call in and tell him that he doesn't play UC Davis for another two weeks," joked Gould, whose Aggies will try to pull a shocker against the seventh-ranked Griz on Saturday inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Griz offense bolstered by return of Johnson, Ralston

missoulian.com — The bye week was like money in the bank for the seventh-ranked Montana football team. The Grizzlies' offense, in particular, benefited greatly from taking a Saturday off. Senior quarterback Jordan Johnson says he's ready to go after leaving in the first quarter of Montana's Oct. 4 game at North Dakota with a sprained ankle.

Speltz: Ex-Griz good guy finds way back to field

missoulian.com — Here's a not-so-shocking revelation about sports journalists: We pull for good guys just as passionately as the average fan. Sixteen years ago I was in the St. Louis Cardinals' locker room when slugger Mark McGwire told a room full of reporters to get lost when they tried to solicit a comment on his game-winning RBI single.
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Oct 22, 2014

Griz RB Travon Van (elbow) has looked good in practice this week. PK Daniel Sullivan (groin) and OT Jackson Thiebes (ankle) are day-to-day.

Oct 21, 2014

Cal Poly hungry for revenge after nightmare in Missoula: bit.ly/1w5lD3G via @missoulian

Oct 19, 2014

Notebook: Power of perseverance: Gutsy Griz wideouts make serious mark in victory: bit.ly/1wWCtOX via @missoulian

Oct 18, 2014

Final score: Griz 42, UC Davis 28. Montana (5-2) has won five of its last six games. #bigskyfb

Oct 18, 2014

Jordan Canada scores his third TD for Montana on a 21-yard run. With 2:22 left, the Griz lead 42-28. #bigskyfb

Oct 18, 2014

Montana played not to lose on on that anemic offensive series. The Griz are forced to punt with a 35-28 lead and 3:16 left. #bigskyfb

Oct 18, 2014

No replay in the Big Sky Conference. It may have come in handy on that TD catch by Davis' Vargas. Griz lead 35-28 with 4:55 left.

Oct 18, 2014

Davis threatening to make it a one-score game. The Aggies are on the UM 21-yard line trailing 35-21 with 5:42 left. #bigskyfb

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