MISSOULA, Mont. - The Montana Grizzly football team faced rival Montana State Saturday in the final regular season game of the 2012 season. The outcome was not what the Griz were looking for as they fell to Montana State 16-7.
It was a battle of the defenses in what many expected to be a shootout. The Griz were able to contain running back Cody Kirk and the rest of the Bobcat backs. Montana State was only able to run for 107 yards on the ground. On the other side Montana had a little success with their ground game, as a team the Griz ran for 168 yards. The backs for Montana were lead by Peter Nguyen who had 112 yards on the ground, Nguyen also had the only touchdown for the Griz when he scored on a 47 yard run.
The Bobcats were able to find some success throwing the ball, DeNarius Mcghee threw for 247 yards and a touchdown. The Griz threw for 190 yards but were unable to find the endzone with their passing attack.
With both offenses struggling to put up points this game came down to special teams. The Griz had multiple chances to put points on the board with their special teams, but kicker Chris Lider missed twice. Montana State was able to get some help from the kicking game, Rory Perez made three field goals for the Bobcats and in a game where each offense was only able to score one offensive touchdown a piece it was the difference in the game as Montana State went on to win 16-7.
Montana finished the season with a 5-6 record while Montana State improved to 10-1.