MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Montana Grizzly football team picked up a big 55-27 win Saturday afternoon over Portland State inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

After dropping their conference opener the Griz came out ready to play against the Vikings. Montana got back to dominating the ground game as they rushed for a team total of 378 yards. Leading the way for the backs was Travon Van who carried the ball 14 times for 136 yards. Van sparked the offense with a 42 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Jordan Canada also went over the century mark in the contest, he carried the ball 13 times for 102 yards to go along with a touchdown.

The Grizzly offense was also efficient throwing the ball. Quarterback Jordan Johnson completed 12 of 24 passes for 203 yards to go along with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Grizzly tight end Clay Pierson played in his first game since hurting his hand against Appalachian State. Pierson only caught three passes on the day but all three of them went for touchdowns, including a 36 yard reception which gave the Griz an early 7-0 lead. Pierson finished the game with a team high 79 receiving yards.

The Grizzly defense also played a key role in the win. UM forced four turnovers which included three interceptions, two by Anthony Goodwin, and a forced fumble. The forced fumble came in the first quarter and was caused by defensive end Zack Wagenmann. Griz linebacker Jordan Tripp recovered the fumble in the end zone for a defensive score to give Montana the early 21-6 lead.

The Griz will be back in action Saturday October 12 when they hit the road to take on UC Davis.