2015 Montana Grizzlies football team

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2015 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana Griz logo.svg
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 14
FCS CoachesNo. 14
2015 record8–5 (6–2 Big Sky)
Head coachBob Stitt (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorTy Gregorak (4th season)
Home stadiumWashington–Grizzly Stadium
(Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#18 Southern Utah $^   7 1         8 4  
#10 Portland State ^   6 2         9 3  
#14 Montana ^   6 2         8 5  
North Dakota   5 3         7 4  
Northern Arizona   5 3         7 4  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Weber State   5 3         6 5  
Northern Colorado   3 5         6 5  
Montana State   3 5         5 6  
Cal Poly   3 5         4 7  
UC Davis   2 6         2 9  
Idaho State   1 7         2 9  
Sacramento State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2015 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Grizzlies were led by first-year coach Bob Stitt who took over after 15 years coaching the NCAA Division II Colorado Mines Orediggers. The Grizzlies 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 8–5, 6–2 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated South Dakota State in the first round before losing in the second round to North Dakota State.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 291:30 PMNo. 1 North Dakota State*No. 13ESPNW 38–3526,472
September 57:00 PMCal Poly*No. 13
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
CMML 19–2026,065
September 195:00 PMat No. 15 Liberty*No. 8CMM/ESPN3L 21–3122,551
September 262:00 PMNorthern ArizonadaggerNo. 14
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
RTNWW 23–1426,136
October 32:00 PMat UC DavisNo. 13RTNWW 27–136,241
October 102:00 PMWeber StateNo. 12
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
CMML 21–24 OT25,500
October 241:30 PMNorth DakotaNo. 19
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
RTNWW 42–1625,014
October 313:00 PMat No. 12 Portland StateNo. 17CMML 16–3511,045
November 71:30 PMat Idaho StateNo. 22CMMW 33–27 OT7,795
November 141:30 PMNo. 10 Eastern WashingtonNo. 22
RTNWW 57–1625,213
November 2112:00 PMat Montana StateNo. 17RTNWW 54–3520,507
November 281:00 PMNo. 10 South Dakota State*No. 16
ESPN3W 24–1714,575
December 51:30 PMat No. 2 North Dakota State*No. 16ESPN3L 6–3718,232

Despite also being a member of the Big Sky Conference, the game with Cal Poly on September 5 is considered a non-conference game.

Game summaries[edit]

North Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Bison 7 21 0 7 35
#13 Grizzlies 10 11 7 10 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2014 NDSU, 22–10

Cal Poly[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 7 7 3 3 20
#13 Grizzlies 7 7 0 5 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–3 2014 POLY, 41–21

@ Liberty[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Grizzlies 0 12 7 2 21
#15 Flames 14 3 7 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2012 LIB, 31–21[1]

Northern Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 0 0 14 0 14
#14 Grizzlies 10 6 0 7 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–13 2013 NAU, 34–16

@ UC Davis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Grizzlies 7 7 7 6 27
Aggies 6 7 0 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 2014 MONT, 42–28

Weber State[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
Wildcats 7 14 0 03 24
#12 Grizzlies 14 0 0 70 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–13 2013 MONT, 42–6

North Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Dakota 7 3 0 6 16
#19 Grizzlies 7 14 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–8–1 2014 MONT, 18–15

@ Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Grizzlies 0 10 0 6 16
#12 Vikings 7 14 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–11 2013 MONT, 55–27

@ Idaho State[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
#22 Grizzlies 14 7 3 36 33
Bengals 7 6 0 140 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
42–13 2012 MONT, 70–24

Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Eagles 3 6 7 0 16
#22 Grizzlies 14 16 20 7 57
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–15–1 2014 FCS Playoffs EWU, 37–20

@ Montana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Grizzlies 17 20 7 10 54
Bobcats 7 7 8 13 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
71–37–5 2014 MONT, 34–7

FCS Playoffs[edit]

First Round–South Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Jackrabbits 0 0 10 7 17
#16 Grizzlies 7 17 0 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–0 2009 FCS Playoffs MONT, 61–48

Second Round–@ North Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Grizzlies 0 0 6 0 6
#2 Bison 7 14 10 6 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 8/29/2015 MONT, 38–35

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 Final 
STATS FCS 13 8 (2) 8 14 13 12 20 19 17 22 22 17 16 14 
Coaches 12 8 (3) 7 15 12 11 19 18 17 22–T 22 17 17 14

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