Saturday, October 8, 2016

Heavily favorited Montana keeping focus on Mississippi Valley

MISSOULA, Montana — On the surface, Saturday's clash appears awfully one-sided as 3-1 Montana, the No. 10 team in the nation, hosts 0-5 Mississippi Valley State. It gets a little uglier the deeper you dive into the statistics.

But Montana quarterbacks coach Andrew Selle reminded his passers this week about another "sure thing." It was 2009 and Selle was the one under center for the Griz.

Six weeks before playing in the FCS title game, 8-0 Montana traveled to face 0-9 Idaho State. Instead of the scripted blowout, the Griz escaped with a 12-10 win on a Brody McKnight field goal as time expired.

The moral of the story, coach Bob Stitt preached, is there are no sure things.

"You can't go out and go through the motions in football; you'll get ear-holed and get the heck knocked out of you," he said. "You've got to come out and play every single game."

Saturday's kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Washington-Grizzly Stadium against the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The nonconference tilt can be seen on Cowles Montana Media affiliates.


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