Griz run past Wildcats on senior day

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Montana Grizzly football team took care of business at home Saturday with a 42-6 win over Weber State.

UM started the game slow, scoring just 14 first half points. But in the second half the Griz offense got things going.

"We came about as close as we have all year to playing a really fine football game on both sides offense and defense in the second half, said Griz head football coach Mick Delaney. "First half took us a little while to get going, stumbled around a little bit and made a few mistakes, but man we corrected those at halftime the coaches did and these young men went out and played just incredible that second half."

The Grizzlies finished the game with 461 yards of total offense, 123 through the air, and 338 on the ground. Leading the way for Montana's offense was Jordan Canada. Canada finished the game with 189 yards rushing on 24 carries, an average of 7.9 yards per carry. Canada also tailed off an 80 yard touchdown run in the third quarter giving UM a 21-6 lead.

"It feels god to finally be semi on track, said Griz running back Jordan Canada. "We have to do it consistently of course but with that you have to take the first step and I think this is a great first step to us getting consistent. I don't see anybody stopping us if we can do this consistently so hopefully we bring the same thing to the cats next week."

The Grizzly defense also made their presence felt in the contest. Montana's defense forced six turnovers on the day. Griz senior captain Jordan Tripp got things started with a fumble recovery in the first quarter. Later in the quarter Tripp recorded another turnover when he intercepted a pass from Weber State.

Griz defensive end Zack Wagenmann had a monster game for UM. Wagenmann registered nine tackles, 3.5 sacks, and he forced a fumble.

Saturday's win couldn't have come at a better time for Montana. The Griz have now won their last three games and will close out the regular season at Montana State Saturday, Nov. 23, with the playoff picture in the Big Sky Conference as unclear as it was at the start of the season.  

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