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Late heroics sneak Montana past the Mustangs 21-14 in overtime

MISSOULA, Mont. - It wasn't the prettiest of wins for the Grizzly football team but in the end Montana picked up their 3rd conference win of the season by beating Cal Poly 21-14 in overtime.

Montana started out the game looking crisp on offense. UM found the scoreboard on a 5-yard touchdown run from Jordan Canada in the first quarter. But just a couple of minutes later Cal Poly would answer back with a touchdown run of their own which tied the game up at 7-7. The Griz struggled on offense the rest of the game and would not find the end-zone again until late in the 4th quarter.

The Grizzlies appeared to be out of the game when Cal Poly was lining up for a field goal to put the Mustangs ahead 17-7 with just over two minutes left to play.  However the Griz found new life after Griz captain Jordan Tripp blocked the field goal attempt to give the Montana offense one last shot.

With barely over two minutes to work with junior quarterback Jordan Johnson took Montana down the field 88 yards in 15 plays, connecting on a 4th and goal touchdown pass to Clay Pierson to tie the game 14-14 with 12 seconds left on the clock.

"We had to go 90 yards so they were expecting us to just take a shot right away, said Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson. "I just took what they gave us the entire drive and guys made plays when they had the ball."

Then on just the second play of overtime, Johnson completed a pass to Ellis Henderson and the wide receiver fought his way into the end-zone to give Montana the 21-14 lead.

With the pressure back on the Mustangs, the Griz defense rose to the occasion.  On 3rd and ten Cal Poly threw one to the end-zone that was picked off by senior linebacker Brock Coyle to seal the improbable victory for Montana.

"We did what we had to do, said Griz head football coach Mick Delaney. "I looked in their eyes in that beginning of the fourth quarter and we try to make that fourth quarter important and we won the fourth quarter and we won the third quarter, we said that's what we had to do at halftime."

Montana improves to 3-1 in conference play and 6-1 overall. Montana will be back at home Saturday Oct. 26, when they host Eastern Washington.

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