2014 Montana Grizzlies football team

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2014 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana Griz logo.svg
Conference Big Sky Conference
Ranking
Sports Network No. 13
FCS Coaches No. 11
2014 record 9–5 (6–2 Big Sky)
Head coach Mick Delaney (3rd year)
Co-offensive coordinator Scott Gragg (2nd year)
Co-offensive coordinator Kefense Hynson (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Ty Gregorak (3rd year)
Home stadium Washington–Grizzly Stadium
(Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Eastern Washington $^   7 1         11 3  
#13 Montana ^   6 2         9 5  
#20 Montana State ^   6 2         8 5  
#25 Idaho State   6 2         8 4  
Cal Poly   5 3         7 5  
Northern Arizona   5 3         7 5  
Sacramento State   4 4         7 5  
North Dakota   3 5         5 7  
Southern Utah   3 5         3 9  
Northern Colorado   2 6         3 8  
Portland State   2 6         3 9  
Weber State   2 6         2 10  
UC Davis   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2014 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana in the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Grizzlies were led by head coach Mick Delaney in his third and final year and played their home games on campus at Washington–Grizzly Stadium. Montana participated as a member of the Big Sky Conference, of which they are a charter member. They finished the season 9–5, 6–2 in Big Sky play to finish tied for second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they lost in the second round to inter conference rival Eastern Washington.

On November 17, head coach Mick Delaney announced he would be retiring at the end of the season.[1] He finished at Montana with a three-year record of 24–14.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Non-Conference Schedule
August 30 2:00 PM at Wyoming* No. 5 War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY RTNW L 12–17   25,243
September 6 3:30 PM Central Washington* No. 4 Washington–Grizzly StadiumMissoula, MT CMM W 48–14   24,697
September 13 7:00 PM South Dakota* No. 4 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT CMM W 28–20   26,303
September 20 1:30 PM at No. 1 North Dakota State* No. 4 FargodomeFargo, ND CMM L 10–22   18,890
Conference Schedule
September 27 1:30 PM Northern Coloradodagger No. 7 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT RTNW W 38–13   25,269
October 4 12:30 PM at North Dakota No. 7 Alerus CenterGrand Forks, ND CMM W 18–15   9,025
October 18 12:00 PM UC Davis No. 7 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT CMM W 42–28   25,766
October 25 7:00 PM at Cal Poly No. 7 Alex G. Spanos StadiumSan Luis Obispo, CA CMM L 21–41   10,775
November 1 12:00 PM Sacramento State No. 12 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT RTNW W 31–13   24,035
November 8 1:00 PM at No. 5 Eastern Washington No. 11 Roos FieldCheney, WA (Governors Cup) RTNW L 26–36   11,339
November 15 1:00 PM at Southern Utah No. 16 Eccles ColiseumCeder City, UT CMM W 35–17   3,079
November 22 3:00 PM No. 12 Montana State No. 13 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (Brawl of the Wild) RTNW W 34–7   26,352
2014 FCS Playoffs
November 29 2:00 PM San Diego* No. 12 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (FCS Playoffs First Round) ESPN3 W 52–14   14,018
December 6 2:30 PM at No. 4 Eastern Washington* No. 12 Roos Field • Cheney, WA (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 L 20–37   7,919
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.
*- Cowles Montana Media Broadcasting is the former Max Media. ABC or FOX stations in Missoula, Kalispell, Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls, and Helena; the Bilins NBC affiliate, and a mix of SWX and KULR in Billings will air the games.

Game summaries[edit]

@ Wyoming[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Grizzlies 0 6 0 6 12
Cowboys 3 0 14 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–13 1997 WYO, 28–13

Central Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 7 0 7 14
#4 Grizzlies 17 17 14 0 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2008 MONT, 38–35

South Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Coyotes 0 3 7 10 20
#4 Grizzlies 7 0 14 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–6 2013 MONT, 31–27

@ North Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Grizzlies 0 10 0 0 10
#1 Bison 6 6 7 3 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3 2003 NDSU, 25–24

Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 3 3 0 13
#7 Grizzlies 28 7 3 0 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–1 2012 MONT, 40–17

@ North Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Grizzlies 2 6 7 3 18
North Dakota 0 0 0 15 15
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–8–1 2013 MONT, 55–17

UC Davis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0 14 0 14 28
#7 Grizzlies 7 7 14 14 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 2013 MONT, 42–7

@ Cal Poly[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Grizzlies 0 14 0 7 21
Mustangs 7 7 13 14 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–2 2013 MONT, 21–14 OT

Sacramento State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 3 3 0 7 13
#12 Grizzlies 7 10 14 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–1 2013 MONT, 51–48 OT

@ Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Grizzlies 3 7 13 3 26
#5 Eagles 13 7 13 3 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–13–1 2013 EWU, 42–37

@ Southern Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Grizzlies 0 14 7 14 35
Thunderbirds 0 14 3 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–2 2012 SUU, 30–20

Montana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Bobcats 0 0 0 7 7
#13 Grizzlies 17 10 0 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
70–37–5 2013 MONT, 28–14

FCS Playoffs[edit]

First Round–San Diego[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Toreros 0 0 0 14 14
#12 Grizzlies 14 24 7 7 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1958 SD, 24–13

Second Round–@ Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Grizzlies 3 0 7 10 20
#4 Eagles 7 6 14 10 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–14–1 11/8/2014 EWU, 36–26

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final 
Sports Network 5 4 4 4 7 7 7 7 7 12 11 16 13 12 13 
Coaches 5 5 4 3 6 7 7 6 6 11 10 15 13 11 11


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