Still Savoring Sweet Comeback, Montana Griz Prep for Round 2
But the UM coaching staff will be working to get the team to dig right into prep for the challenge of taking on the defending FCS champions in just a few days.
The Griz staged one of the most powerful comebacks in years on Saturday, as they rallied from a 21-point hole in the 3rd quarter, scoring 31 points without being challenged on their way to a 34-24 win over Southeast Missouri under the lights in Washington Grizzly Stadium.
UM notes it was the strongest comeback since Montana rallied to score 47-second half points to beat South Dakota State in 2009, "nearly 13 years ago to the day."
And that's an ironic data point since the Grizzlies must now prepare for a trip to the Dakotas, this time to take on the third-ranked North Dakota State Bison on December 3rd. The Bison are the defending national champs and are always a tough challenge at home in Fargo.
This year NDSU has averaged 34.8 points per game, while allowing opponents to average just 17.4, averaging over 6 yards per play on offense.
UM has their own record-breakers coming into the game.
Senior Malik Flowers chalked up his seventh kickoff return for a TD in the third quarter, tying the FCS record for the most ever by a single player. And senior safety Robby Hauck is now the all-time leading tackler in the history of the Big Sky Conference, with 474 stops.
"Guts are not in short supply with that bunch, man. They've got a lot of guts, they've got a lot of heart, courage, and they're tougher than nails," said Coach Bobby Hauck at the post-game press conference.