MISSOULA, Mont. - The Montana Grizzlies recorded a blow-out win in their final home game of the regular season Saturday, taking down Northern Colorado by a final score of 44-14.
Gresch Jensen led a dominant offense in his return to the quarterback position. Jensen sat out last week against Northern Arizona, but did not miss a beat in this game. The redshirt freshman quarterback tossed three touchdown passes and totaled 228 yards through the air.
Jensen scored on a quarterback keeper on Montana's opening drive and Northern Colorado answered right back with a touchdown to tie the game at seven in the first quarter.
Montana broke the tie when Jensen found Makena Simis in the corner of the end zone with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter. The Grizzlies poured it on from there.
The Griz defense intercepted three passes, recovered a fumble and blocked a punt during the first half beat down.
Jensen threw another touchdown to Samari Toure to start the second quarter and Jeremy Calhoun scored on a six-yard run after the blocked punt. Three field goals from Brandon Purdy gave Montana a 37-7 lead at the half.
To start the third quarter, Jensen aired it out to Justin Calhoun for a 56-yard touchdown and that would be the final pass the freshman quarterback threw on the day. Head coach Bob Stitt put in his backup Caleb Hill to finish out the game for Montana.
Northern Colorado returned a Caleb Hill interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the only other points of the game.
Montana's defense forced seven turnovers on the afternoon. The Griz intercepted the Bears five times and recovered two fumbles.
The Grizzlies travel to Bozeman next Saturday for the annual Brawl of the Wild.