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Montana Grizzlies football
2014 Montana Grizzlies football team
Montana UM logo.gif
First season 1897
Athletic director Kent Haslam
Head coach Vacant
Home stadium Washington–Grizzly Stadium
Field John Hoyt Field
Year built 1986
Stadium capacity 25,203
Stadium surface SprinTurf
Location Missoula, Montana
Conference Big Sky Conference
Past conferences Mountain States Conference (1951–1961)
Pacific Coast Conference (1924–1949)
All-time record 549–475–26 (.535)
Postseason bowl record 0–3 (.000)
Claimed national titles 2 (1-AA/FCS)
1995, 2001
Conference titles 18
Rivalries Montana State Bobcats
Idaho Vandals
EWU Eagles
Current uniform
Uniform Montana.png
Colors

Maroon and silver

          
Website GoGriz.Com

The Montana Grizzlies football program (or "Griz") represents the University of Montana in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. The Grizzlies have competed in the Big Sky Conference, where it is a founding member, since 1963. They play their home games at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana where they had an average attendance of 24,380 in 2013 (2nd in FCS).[1]

The Grizzlies had a winning season from 1986-2011. In Washington-Grizzly Stadium they have a winning percentage of .890 including playoffs. They hold the records for most playoff appearances in a row (17), Big Sky Conference titles in a row (12), and overall playoff appearances (19). Their success made them the most successful program in all college football in the 2000s (119 wins) and third most successful team in FCS in the 1990s (93 wins).[2][3]

History[edit]

Early years (1897–1934)[edit]

The University of Montana's first football season was in 1897 where they won a single game against future rival Montana State. The team played only schools from Montana until it helped found the Northwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NWIAA) in 1902. In addition to Montana, this original Northwest Conference included Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Idaho, and Whitman College. Despite the association's stated goal of increasing intercollegiate athletics, Montana continued to play only the nearest teams. More unfortunate for the team, it would not win a game against a conference opponent until a 10-0 win over Washington State in 1914.

In 1915, the Northwest Conference began to become superfluous with the creation of the Pacific Coast Conference which by 1924 already included the five public Northwest Conference schools from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in addition to California and Stanford. Montana joined the conference in 1924 and would remain until 1949. During this time, Montana would win only 9 conferences games (8 of them against Idaho), and would never play a home game against any California team.[4]

Doug Fessenden era (1935–1948)[edit]

(46-40-4) Record, (9-1) vs. Cats
Doug Fessenden was the first Montana coach to last more than five years and was the first to end his career with a winning record that coached more than two years.

Mountain States (Skyline) Conference era (1951–1961)[edit]

In 1948, the Montana board of education announced that it was de-emphasizing athletics at the state university. Key to the university's decision was the feeling that continued affiliation with the conference was incompatible with the goal to "keep intercollegiate athletics properly subordinated to the academic function" and they would "seek to develop competition in all sports with institutions similar in purpose, size, resources and academic standing." The conference was only "preferable to having no conference affiliation."[5]

In 1951, Montana joined the Mountain States Conference, popularly known as the Skyline Conference. It would compete here until the conference dissolved in 1962, never having a winning season and not winning more than three games until 1960. In 1963, Montana joined Gonzaga, Idaho, Idaho State, Weber State, and Montana State in forming the Big Sky Conference. (Gonzaga dropped its football program in 1941 and Idaho did not compete in conference play until 1965.)

Jack Swarthout era (1967–1975)[edit]

(51-41-1) Record, (3-6) vs. Cats
Montana's football struggles continued in the new Big Sky Conference, and the team had only won nine games its first four years when school officials decided that coaching change was needed. Following a 1–9 season in 1966, University of Montana president Robert T. Pantzer announced in December the hiring of Jack Swarthout, a former quarterback/halfback/end from Montana. Swarthout brought on Jack Elway as an assistant and they improved the team immediately to 7–3 in their first season. Within two years, Swarthout guided the team to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 1969 and 1970 and Montana's first Big Sky Conference titles. Both years they were defeated by the North Dakota State in the Camellia Bowl, which was part of a set of bowls that led up to a poll to determine the NCAA College Division national championship, prior to the current College Division playoff structure.

Continued success was expected, but a disappointing season in 1971 was followed by a work-study scandal that eventually led to Swarthout's resignation. In 1972, a federal grand jury returned a 32-count indictment charging five university officials and coaches (including Swarthout) with conspiring to illegally use federal-aid money by using some of the funds to pay for fictitious jobs for athletes.[6] Though Swarthout was found innocent, the charges hurt recruiting and the student-body government decided to withdraw financial support for athletic programs.[7][8] Despite the controversy and resultant performance decline, Swarthout is credited as being the coach that turned Montana into a winning football program.[9]

Don Read era (1986–1995)[edit]

(85-36) Record, (10-0) vs. Cats
After Swarthout's departure, Montana would register only one winning season over the next 10 years. In November 1985, Montana fired coach Larry Donovan and replaced him with Portland State's head coach, Don Read. Over the next 10 years Montana would go 85-36, have 10 straight winning seasons, and was undefeated against cross-state rival Montana State. Read would win 2 conference titles, make the playoffs 5 times and win Montana's first national championship.

Mick Dennehy era (1996–1999)[edit]

(39–12) record, (4–0) vs. Cats
Mick Dennehy had been the offensive coordinator under Don Read and was promoted to head coach when Read retired in 1995. Dennehy continued Montana's success, making it to the national championship in his first year for a rematch against Marshall University. This time however, Montana lost 49–29. Montana made the playoffs every year under Dennehy and continued to beat Montana State, but they did not make it past the first round of the playoffs outside his first season. After the 1999 season, Dennehy accepted a head coaching position at Utah State.

Joe Glenn era (2000–2002)[edit]

(39-6) Record, (2-1) vs. Cats
The Joe Glenn era began with high hopes for the winner of two Division II champions at the University of Northern Colorado. He did not disappoint, making it to the national championship his first two seasons, winning the second. Unfortunately, during Glenn's third year Montana's win streak against Montana State finally came to end at 16 straight. Glenn left after the 2002 season to pursue the head coaching job at the University of Wyoming

Bobby Hauck era (2003–2009)[edit]

(80-17) Record, (5-2) vs. Cats
Bobby Hauck began his tenure in 2003 and over the next 7 years would win a share of the Big Sky Conference title every year and make it to the national championship in 2004, 2008, and 2009. Unfortunately, Montana would win none of those. After the 2009 season Hauck left to take the head coaching job at UNLV.

Robin Pflugrad era (2010–2011)[edit]

(13-7) Record, (1-1) vs. Cats
In 2009, Robin Pflugrad returned to Montana to become the wide receivers coach under Bobby Hauck. After that season, Hauck left Montana to become the head coach at UNLV, and Pflugrad was promoted to replace him. Pflugrad said after his hiring that Montana would be "very fast on offense, up-tempo and upbeat." Pflugrad led Montana to a Big Sky Conference title and a national semifinal appearance in 2011, but those were vacated by the NCAA on July 26, 2013 due to infractions. Individually, Pflugrad was hit with numerous sanctions by the NCAA for his part in the infractions.

Mick Delaney era (2012–2014)[edit]

(14-8) Record, (1-1) vs. Cats
Mick Delaney was hired July 26, 2012, replacing former head coach Robin Pflugrad. On July 26, 2013 the NCAA found the Montana football program guilty of multiple major infractions and one secondary infraction. None of these infractions occurred whiled Delaney was the head coach. Delaney retired after three seasons.

Home venues[edit]

The Montana Grizzlies have played their home games in Washington–Grizzly Stadium since its construction in 1986. The stadium has an official capacity of 25,203, however, its record attendance is 26,066 set September 17, 2011. Construction of the stadium closely follows the Grizzlies recent success and since its construction the Grizzlies have a 163-21 win record (2010).

Before Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the Grizzlies played off-campus at "new" Dornblaser Field from 1968 to 1986. Prior to 1968, Montana played on-campus at "old" Dornblaser Field from 1920 to 1967. Both stadiums were named for Paul Dornblaser, the team's captain in 1912, who was killed in World War I. Prior to 1920, Montana played its home games at a field in downtown Missoula, near the former Missoulian newspaper building.

Rivalries[edit]

Montana State Bobcats[edit]

Main article: Brawl of the Wild

Montana's primary rivalry is the Brawl of the Wild (AKA: The Cat - Griz game) against Montana State University in Bozeman, played 112 times, which the Griz leads 69-37-5.

The series has three distinct periods. From 1897 to 1916 the teams didn't belong to a conference and at times would play twice per year. Early seasons had seven games or less with one season seeing the Grizzlies play just one game. Four of the five ties in the series came during this era. Montana won 12 games to Montana State's 7.

In 1917 Montana State joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and in 1924 Montana joined what is now the Pac-12 Conference when it entered the Pacific Coast Conference. The RMAC included several teams that would become Mountain West members. When MSU joined the RMAC included Colorado, Colorado State, Utah, Utah State, and Brigham Young. When UM joined the PCC included Stanford, California, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, and Idaho. The Bobcats remained in the RMAC through 1956, while the Grizzlies remained in the PCC through 1949 and joined the Mountain States Conference from 1951-1961. MSU was independent from 1957-1962 and UM was independent in 1950 and 1962. During this period UM enjoyed a 30-8-1 edge in Cat-Griz games.[10]

Both schools entered the Big Sky Conference as charter members in 1963 with Montana holding a 42-15-2 series lead. From 1963 to 1985 Montana State enjoyed its most successful period of the Cat-Griz rivalry. MSU won 17 games to just six for UM. Following that Montana started "The Streak" when it won 16 straight games from 1986 to 2001. MSU ended the drought by winning three of four and the teams are even at 5-6 after "The Streak" with Montana State winning the most recent game 16-7 in Missoula. The Big Sky era shows Montana with a 27-23 lead. Montana hasn't won against Montana State since 2009 .

  • Montana was penalized by the NCAA on July 26, 2013 and forced to vacate its last five wins of the 2011 season. One win was against Montana State.

Idaho Vandals[edit]

Main article: Little Brown Stein

Montana formerly played a rivalry game against the Idaho Vandals for the Little Brown Stein. The Grizzlies trail in the 84-game series 27-55-2 (.333), but have won the last four meetings (2000–03). (Idaho moved up to Division I-A (now FBS) in 1996.)

Eastern Washington Eagles[edit]

The Grizzlies also have an annual rivalry game in conference with the Eastern Washington Eagles, called the EWU–UM Governors Cup. Montana leads the series 26-15-1

Possible FBS membership[edit]

On November 10, 2010 the Western Athletic Conference announced that it would be expanding its membership by adding three teams, UTSA, Texas State University, and the University of Denver. It was reported that the WAC also extended an invitation to Montana, but the university decided to decline.

Uniforms[edit]

Colors[edit]

  • Maroon & Silver             (1893–1967, 1997–present)
  • Copper & Gold               (19681996)

The official school colors of the University of Montana are copper, silver, and gold; chosen in recognition of the state's mining history. Contrary to popular perception, these colors have never changed, with the confusion stemming from the university's decision to represent "copper" with either maroon      or "Texas orange"      at various times in its history.

When the university was founded in 1893 and its colors chosen, a lack of copper dye led the school to use maroon, and occasionally other colors, to represent copper. This had the effect of having the school's athletic teams not always being represented across the board by the same uniform colors. In 1967, head football coach and athletic director Jack Swarthout, who personally preferred the maroon and silver used by the football team, sought to make the schools colors more consistent and held a vote among UM coaches. They selected Texas orange (burnt orange to represent copper) and yellow gold to be used on the school's uniforms and it remained for the next 30 years.

The maroon was brought back in 1993 as part of the university's centennial celebrations and a student survey in 1995 showed support for a return to maroon and silver uniforms. Despite some vocal opposition, by 1997 the colors began to phase into the maroon and silver that continues to be used.[11][12][13]

#37 Jersey[edit]

The #37 Jersey is a tradition began in 1987 by then running back Kraig Paulson. The tradition holds that whomever wears the #37 jersey selects a in-state recruit and leading defensive player to wear it next.

Player Pos. Hometown Years with jersey
Kraig Paulson RB Plentywood 1983-86
Tim Hauck DB Big Timber 1987-1989
Todd Ericson DB Butte 1990-1993
Jason Crebo LB Helena 1994-1997
Andy Petek DE Helena 1998-2000
Ciche Pitcher DE Anaconda 2001-03
Loren Utterback LB Fort Benton 2004-2007
Carson Bender DT Deer Lodge 2008-2010
Ryan Fetherston DE Helena 2011
Jordan Tripp LB Missoula 2012-2013
Zack Wagenmann DE Missoula 2014

Program achievements[edit]

The Grizzlies rank among the all time playoff appearance leaders, with appearances in 1982, 1988, 1989, and 1993-2009. The Grizzlies playoff streak of 17 in a row from 1993-2009 is a record at the I-AA level, now known as the NCAA Division I Championship Subdivision.[14] The streak came to an end on November 21, 2010 when the Grizzlies were not selected to the FCS playoffs following a loss to in-state rival Montana State.

  • Montana was penalized by the NCAA on July 26, 2013 and forced to vacate its last five wins of the 2011 season, its conference championship and its recognition for appearing in the FCS playoffs.

The Grizzlies won the national championship in 1995 under Don Read when Dave Dickenson led the team to a victory over Marshall University in the national championship game. In 2001, coach Joe Glenn led the Montana Grizzlies to another national championship defeating Furman University by a score of 13-6.

The Grizzlies rank third in the state in National Football Championships, although they are fourth in Division I-AA (FCS) National Championships with two. They fall behind the Carroll College from Helena, MT and the Montana State Bobcats. The Saints have won six NAIA Football Championships while the Montana State Bobcats have won three national titles, although they only have one title as a Division I-AA (FCS) school.

National Championship appearances[edit]

Year Coach Record Result Score Opponent
1995 Don Read 13-2 won 22-20 Marshall
1996 Mike Dennehy 14-1 lost 29-49 Marshall
2000 Joe Glenn 13-2 lost 25-27 Georgia Southern
2001 Joe Glenn 15-1 won 13-6 Furman
2004 Bobby Hauck 12-3 lost 21-31 James Madison
2008 Bobby Hauck 14-2 lost 7-24 Richmond
2009 Bobby Hauck 14-1 lost 21-23 Villanova

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Coach
1969 Big Sky 10-1 4–0 Jack Swarthout
1970 Big Sky 10-1 6-0 Jack Swarthout
1982♦ Big Sky 6-6 5-2 Larry Donovan
1993 Big Sky 10-2 7-0 Don Read
1995 Big Sky 13-2 6-1 Don Read
1996 Big Sky 14-1 8-0 Mick Dennehy
1998 Big Sky 8-4 6-2 Mick Dennehy
1999 Big Sky 9-3 7-1 Mick Dennehy
2000 Big Sky 13-2 8-0 Joe Glenn
2001 Big Sky 15-1 7-0 Joe Glenn
2002♦ Big Sky 11-3 5-2 Joe Glenn
2003♦ Big Sky 9-4 5-2 Bobby Hauck
2004♦ Big Sky 12-3 6-1 Bobby Hauck
2005♦ Big Sky 8-4 5-2 Bobby Hauck
2006 Big Sky 12-2 8-0 Bobby Hauck
2007 Big Sky 11-1 8-0 Bobby Hauck
2008♦ Big Sky 14-2 7-1 Bobby Hauck
2009 Big Sky 14-1 8–0 Bobby Hauck
Total 18
Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion
  • Montana was penalized by the NCAA on July 26, 2013 and forced to vacate its last five wins of the 2011 season, its conference championship and its recognition of appearing in the FCS playoffs.

Individual awards and honors[edit]

National honors—players[edit]

National honors—coaches[edit]

National Coach of the Year
2002: Joe Glenn
National Coach of the Year
1995: Don Read

Big Sky Conference honors[edit]

[15]

Other awards and honors[edit]

  • Grizzlies quarterback Bob O'Billovich was selected as the Montana Athlete of Decade (1960–1970)[16]

Head coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Conf. Champs Bowl Games Playoff Appearances National Titles Record vs. Cats
Fred Smith 1897 1 1-2-3 .417 1-0
Sgt. F.B Searight 1898 1 3-2 .600 2-0
Guy Cleveland 1899 1 1-2 .333 0-2
Frank Bean 1900-1901 2 2-4 .333 0-2
Dewitt Peck 1902 1 0-3 .000 0-1
Northwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1902)
H.B. Conibear 1903-04 2 5-7 .417 1-1
F.W. Schule 105-06 2 4-7 .364 -
Albion Findlay 1907 1 4-1-1 .750 -
Roy White 1908-09 2 7-2-2 .727 2-1-1
Robert Cary 1910-11 2 5-3-1 .611 1-0-1
Lt. W.C. Philoon 1912 1 4-3 .667 2-0
A.G. Heilman 1913-14 2 8-4-1 .679 3-0
Jerry Nissen 1915-17 3 7-7-3 .500 1-0-1
Bernie Biermann 1919-21 3 9-9-3 .500 2-0-1
Jon Stewart 1922-23 2 7-8 .467 2-0
Pacific Coast Conference (1924–1949)
Earl 'Click' Clark 1924-25 2 7-8-1 .469 1-0
Frank Millburn 1926-30 5 18-22-3 .453 3-1-1
Bernard 'Bunny' Oakes 1931-34 4 8-22-1 .274 3-1
Doug Fessenden 1935-41/1946-48 12 46-40-4 .475 9-1
Clyde Carpenter 1942 1 0-8 .000
George Dahlberg 1945 1 1-4 .375
Ted Shipkey 1949-51 3 12-16 .429 3-0
Mountain States Conference (1951–1961)
Eddie Chinske 1952-54 3 8-18-1 .315 4-0
Jerry Williams 1955-57 3 6-23 .207 1-2
Ray Jenkins 1958-63 6 14-43 .246 2-4
Big Sky Conference (1963–Present)
Hugh Davidson 1964-66 3 8-20 .286 0-3
Jack Swarthout 1967-75 9 51-41-1 .554 2 2 3-6
Gene Carlson 1976-79 4 16-25 .390 1-3
Larry Donovan 1980-85 6 25-37-1 .398 1 1 2-4
Don Read 1986-95 10 85-36 .702 2 5 1 10-0
Mike Dennehy 1996-99 4 39-12 .765 3 4 4-0
Joe Glenn 2000-02 3 39-6 .867 3 3 1 2-1
Bobby Hauck 2003-09 7 80-17 .825 7 7 5-2
Robin Pflugrad* 2010-2011 2 15-7 .681 0 0 0-1
Mick Delaney 2012–2014 3 24-14 .632 0 2 2-1
Bob Stitt 2015–present 1 0-0 .000 0 0 0-0
Totals 1897–present 106 556–476–23 .538 18 2 22 2 .644
  • Montana was penalized by the NCAA on July 26, 2013 and forced to vacate its last five wins of the 2011 season. One win was against Montana State. It was also forced to vacate its conference title and appearance in the 2011 FCS playoffs.

Yearly season records[edit]

  • Montana was penalized by the NCAA on July 26, 2013 and forced to vacate its last five wins of the 2011 season. One win was against Montana State. It was also forced to vacate its conference title and appearance in the 2011 FCS playoffs.

Program alumni who played professionally[edit]

Griz in the Pros
Player Year Team League Round
Steve Sullivan 1922 Evansville Crimson Giants NFL
Ted Illman 1926 Wilson's Wildcats AFL I
"Wild" Bill Kelly 1927 New York Yankees NFL
Len Noyes 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers NFL
Milton Popovich 1937 Chicago Cardinals NFL
Paul Szakash 1937 Detroit Lions NFL 7th
Aldo Forte 1938 Chicago Bears NFL 21st
Bill Lazetich 1938 Cleveland Rams NFL 16th
John Dolan 1941 Buffalo Indians AFL III
Aldo Forte 1938 Chicago Bears NFL 21st
Earl Keeley 1958 BC Lions CFL
John Lands 1960 Indianapolis Warriors UFL
Gary Schwertfeger 1961 British Columbia Lions CFL
Bob O'Billovich 1962 Ottawa Rough Riders CFL
Terry Dillon 1963 Minnesota Vikings NFL
Mike Tilleman 1964 Chicago Bears NFL
Bryan Magnuson 1968 Washington Redskins NFL 8th
Maceo Gray 1969 Baltimore Colts NFL
Dave Urie 1969 Houston Oilers AFL IV
Tim Gallagher 1971 Dallas Cowboys NFL
Willie Postler 1972 British Columbia Lions NFL
Steve Okoniewski 1972 Atlanta Falcons NFL
Roy Robinson 1972 Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL
Walt Brett 1975 Atlanta Falcons NFL 4th
Ron Rosenberg 1975 Cincinnati Bengals NFL 13th
Barry Darrow 1974 Cleveland Browns NFL
Greg Harris 1976 New York Jets NFL
Doug Betters 1977 Miami Dolphins NFL
Terry Falcon 1977 New England Patriots NFL
Greg Anderson 1979 Montreal CFL
Tim Hook 1979 Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL
Carm Carteri 1979 Ottawa Rough Riders CFL
Guy Bingham 1980 New York Jets NFL 10th
Pat Curry 1982 Seattle Seahawks NFL
Rocky Klever 1982 New York Jets NFL 9th
Rich Burtness 1982 Dallas Cowboys NFL 12th
Mike Hagen 1982 Seattle Seahawks NFL
Mickey Sutton 1983 Pittsburgh Maulers USFL
Brian Salonen 1984 Dallas Cowboys NFL 10th
Mike Rice 1987 New York Jets NFL 8th
Brent Pease 1987 Minnesota Vikings NFL 11th
Larry Clarkson 1988 San Francisco 49ers NFL 8th
Pat Foster 1988 Los Angeles Rams NFL 9th
Tim Hauck 1989 New England Patriots NFL
Jay Fagan 1989 Washington Redskins NFL
Kirk Scrafford 1989 Cincinnati Bengals NFL
Grady Bennett 1991 British Columbia Lions CFL
Matt Clark 1991 British Columbia Lions CFL
Mike Trevathan 1991 British Columbia Lions CFL
Brad Lebo 1992 Cincinnati Bengals NFL
Sean Dorris 1992 Houston Oilers NFL
Todd Ericson 1994 Indianapolis Colts NFL
Carl Franks 1994 Toronto Argonauts CFL
Scott Gragg 1995 New York Giants NFL 2nd
Scott Gurnsey 1995 Toronto Argonauts CFL
Shalon Baker 1995 British Columbia Lions CFL
Marc Lamb 1995 New York Jets NFL
Keith Burke 1995 Ottawa Rough Riders CFL
Dave Dickenson 1996 Calgary Stampeders CFL
Matt Wells 1996 Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL
Blaine McElmurry 1997 Houston Oilers NFL
Joe Douglass 1997 New York Jets NFL
David Kempfert 1997 Seattle Seahawks NFL
Jeff Zellick 1997 New York Giants NFL
Jason Baker 1998 Jacksonville Jaguars NFL
Jason Crebo 1998 Buffalo Bills NFL
Brian Ah Yat 1999 Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL
Scott Curry 1999 Green Bay Packers NFL 6th
Kris Heppner 2000 Seattle Seahawks NFL
Dallas Neil 2000 Atlanta Falcons NFL
Jeremy Watkins 2000 New York Giants NFL
Jimmy Farris 2001 San Francisco 49ers NFL
Leif Thorsen 2001 British Columbia Lions CFL 1st
Thatcher Szalay 2002 Cincinnati Bengals NFL
Calvin Coleman 2002 New York Giants NFL
Drew Miller 2002 Detroit Fury Arena
Etu Molden 2002 Chicago Rush Arena
Spencer Frederick 2002 New Orleans Saints NFL
Dylan McFarland 2003 Buffalo Bills NFL 7th
Jon Skinner 2003 San Diego Chargers NFL
Chris Snyder 2003 Detroit Lions NFL
Justin Green 2004 Baltimore Ravens NFL 5th
Andy Petek 2004 Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL
Cory Procter 2005 Dallas Cowboys NFL
Craig Ochs 2005 San Diego Chargers NFL
Levander Segars 2005 Montreal Alouettes CFL
Willie Walden 2005 Kansas City Chiefs NFL
Trey Young 2005 Calgary Stampeders CFL
Brad Rhoades 2006 Tennessee Titans NFL
Tuff Harris 2007 Miami Dolphins NFL
Josh Swogger 2007 Kansas City Chiefs NFL
Ryan Bagley 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL
Kroy Biermann 2008 Atlanta Falcons NFL 5th
Cody Balogh 2008 Chicago Bears NFL
Dan Carpenter 2008 Miami Dolphins NFL
Lex Hilliard 2008 Miami Dolphins NFL 6th
Colt Anderson 2009 Minnesota Vikings NFL
Colin Dow 2009 Cincinnati Bengals NFL
Cole Berquist 2009 Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL
J.D. Quinn 2009 Miami Dolphins NFL
Michael Stadnyk 2009 Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL 2nd
Marc Mariani 2010 Tennessee Titans NFL 7th
Shann Schillinger 2010 Atlanta Falcons NFL 6th
Levi Horn 2010 Chicago Bears NFL
Jimmy Wilson 2011 Miami Dolphins NFL 7th
Chase Reynolds 2011 St. Louis Rams NFL
Trumaine Johnson 2012 St. Louis Rams NFL 3rd
Caleb McSurdy 2012 Dallas Cowboys NFL 7th
Dan Moore 2013 Indianapolis Colts NFL
Jordan Tripp 2014 Miami Dolphins NFL 5th
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Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017
North Dakota State
(August 29)[17]
at McNeese State
(September 3)[18]
at Washington
(September 2)[19]
at Liberty
(September 19)[20]
vs McNeese State

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/Attendance/2013.pdf
  2. ^ http://filemanager.montanagrizzlies.com/mtgriz3/custom_pages/files/mediaguides/football/2010/toc_quick.pdf
  3. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/FCS.pdf
  4. ^ http://filemanager.montanagrizzlies.com/mtgriz3/custom_pages/files/mediaguides/football/2010/lettermen_history.pdf
  5. ^ "Montana Seeks to Sever Coast Conference Ties", Eugene Register-Guard. Dec. 14, 1948
  6. ^ "Government Says Montana Univ. Misused Funds", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 20, 1972
  7. ^ "Swarthout innocent", Tri City Herald. April 12, 1973
  8. ^ "Swarthout will retire from Montana post", The Spokesman-Review. June 14, 1976
  9. ^ http://helenair.com/sports/article_f1b2e4c3-0456-5ab5-9d02-ef7148fca917.html
  10. ^ Kearney, Pat. "The divide war: Montana's golden treasure". 2004
  11. ^ http://filemanager.montanagrizzlies.com/mtgriz3/custom_pages/files/pdfs/fb/features/coaching_legends/jack_swarthout.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.umt.edu/montanan//wint96/oval.htm
  13. ^ http://www.montanakaimin.com/arts-culture/why-we-bleed-maroon-and-silver-1.2622129
  14. ^ College Football Data Warehouse
  15. ^ http://www.bigskyconf.com/custompages/football/2011/mediaguide/SECTION32011.pdf
  16. ^ Who's Who in Canadian Sport, Volume 4, p.329, Bob Ferguson, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd., Markham, ON and Allston, MA, ISBN 1-55041-855-6
  17. ^ "Montana to host NDSU and open 2015 season on ESPN". KPAX.com. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Griz schedule Appalachian St., McNeese St.". gogriz.com. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Montana Grizzlies and UW Huskies to square off on the gridiron in 2017". gogriz.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ "2015 Schedule". LibertyFlamesNation.com. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 

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