No. 3 Montana Defeats Bears 52-7
Oct. 20, 2007
Sophomore running back Tyrone Wilson led the team with nine carries for 50 yards, while senior wide receiver Clint Wright caught three passes for 46 yards, including one touchdown reception for a career-long 31 yard gain. Senior Dominic Breazeale played his second straight complete game, completing 13-of-25 passes with one interception for 109 yards. He was also sacked three times. Defensively, junior linebacker Cristian Sarmento led the game with a career-high 17 tackles, while junior linebacker Joe Kenney and freshman Max Hewitt each chipped in 10. Hewitt also added a career-best 73 yard interception return.
Eric Brown started the game off for the Bears with a 20-yard return and NC moved the ball close to midfield, but Craig Mettler picked off Breazeale's pass and returned it 32 yards until he was eventually tackled by Breazeale, setting up
On the Grizzlies second drive, Myles Hayes had a pass break up in the end zone to save a touchdown and two plays later John Eddy recovered a fumble on the 18-yard line. A false start penalty pinned the Bears deep in their own territory and senior Rafael Mendoza was forced to punt for the second time in the game.
The inclement weather played a factor early in the contest, as there were four timeouts for injuries in the first quarter alone, including one for an official.
An incomplete pass from Breazeale to Jason Caprioli set up a 33-yard field-goal attempt for freshman Zak Bigelow, which was blocked and returned to the
Brown had another good kickoff return, bringing the ball out of the end zone to the 25-yard line. Breazeale completed another two-yard pass to Fauver, Woods rushed for three and then Birkel caught a 14-yard gain for a first down. A 15-yard personal foul put the ball on the 35-yard line for the Bears. NC was whistled for a 10-yard holding penalty, Breazeale was sacked for a loss of three and a delay of game penalty put the ball back on the 47-yard line for a third-and-28 and
The Bears had
After a Northern Colorado punt,
After the halftime festivities, the NC defense came out tough, forcing the Grizzlies to punt for the first time all day. The Bears also punted on their first drive of the second half. A sack by Martin Awachie and John Eddy forced
Hilliard rushed 39 yards for another
On the ensuing drive for the Bears, Breazeale called plays for freshmen back-to-back with Smith gaining eight on a reception and then Andy Muns had the longest rush of his career, gaining 20. A pair of seniors then helped the Bears to their next first down as Clint Wright caught a seven yard pass and Vaden rushed for three yards with a two-yard gain by
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