2008 Montana Grizzlies football team

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2008 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana UM logo.gif
Big Sky Conference Co-Champions
Brawl of the Wild Champions
Division I FCS National Championship Final
vs Richmond, L 24–7
Conference Big Sky Conference
2008 record 14–2 (7–1 Big Sky)
Head coach Bobby Hauck (6th year)
Offensive coordinator Rob Phenicie (6th year)
Defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson (5th year)
Home stadium Washington–Grizzly Stadium (Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Montana ^   7 1         14 2  
#7 Weber State ^   7 1         10 4  
Montana State   5 3         7 5  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Northern Arizona   4 4         6 5  
Sacramento State   3 5         6 6  
Portland State   3 5         4 7  
Northern Colorado   1 7         1 10  
Idaho State   1 7         1 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2008 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) college football during the 2008 season. Montana competed as a member of the Big Sky Conference, and played their home games at the Washington–Grizzly Stadium.

The Grizzlies were led by sixth-year head coach Bobby Hauck. Montana finished the regular season with an 11–1 overall record and a 7–1 record in conference play to win a share of their 11th straight Big Sky title. Montana secured a berth in the FCS playoffs where they defeated Texas State, Weber State, and James Madison in succession to advance to the championship game. There, they were defeated by Richmond, 24–7, to finish the season as the national championship runners-up.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 7:00 PM at #11 Cal Poly* #5 Alex G. Spanos StadiumSan Luis Obispo, CA KPAX W 30–28   10,035
September 13 1:00 PM Southern Utah* #4 Washington–Grizzly StadiumMissoula, MT KPAX W 46-10   25,056
September 20 1:00 PM UC Davis*dagger #4 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 29–24   25,209
September 27 1:00 PM Central Washington* #3 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 38–35   25,326
October 4 1:00 PM at Weber State #2 Stewart StadiumOgden, UT KPAX L 28–45   3,753
October 11 3:00 PM at #23 Eastern Washington #12 Woodward FieldCheney, WA (Governors Cup) KPAX W 19–3   10,830
October 18 1:00 PM Sacramento State #8 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 43–7   25,486
October 25 12:00 PM at Northern Colorado #8 Nottingham FieldGreeley, CO KPAX W 41–20   3,709
November 1 12:00 PM #19 Northern Arizona #6 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 45–10   24,003
November 8 2:00 PM at Portland State #5 PGE ParkPortland, OR KPAX W 29–12   12,071
November 15 12:00 PM Idaho State #5 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 29–10   23,527
November 22 12:00 PM Montana State #5 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (Brawl of the Wild) KPAX W 35–3   25,629
November 29 12:00 PM #23 Texas State #5 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (First Round, Division I Championship) KPAX W 31–13   19,489
December 6 12:00 PM #10 Weber State #5 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (Quarterfinals, Division I Championship) ESPNGP W 24–13   21,583
December 12 6:00 PM at #1 James Madison #5 Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA (Semifinals, Division I Championship) ESPN2 W 35–27   15,976
December 19 6:00 PM vs. #7 Richmond #5 Finley StadiumChattanooga, TN (Division I Championship Game) ESPN2 L 7–24   17,823
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

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