By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) — A few weeks earlier than the season began, Montana coach Bobby Hauck met with college president Seth Bodnar. His message was clear: The Grizzlies have been going to be actually good and even would possibly take down Washington within the opener.
Yes, that Washington. The one from the Pac-12 and anticipated to problem for a convention title.
“He requested me how I believed we might do and I informed him we might win,” Hauck stated.
Shockingly, Hauck turned out to be proper.
Montana turned the primary FCS crew to upset a ranked FBS crew in 5 years, beautiful No. 20 Washington 13-7 on Saturday night time.
The Grizzlies have been the higher of their Pac-12 foe, pulling off arguably the largest victory at school historical past outdoors of successful two FCS nationwide titles.
Montana is the primary FCS crew to beat a ranked FBS crew since North Dakota State received at No. 13 Iowa 23-21 early within the 2016 season, and the fifth time it has occurred since Appalachian State’s well-known upset of No. 5 Michigan in 2007. It was Montana’s second victory over Washington, the final coming in 1920.
“This is the Washington Huskies. OK. This is App State over Michigan,” stated Hauck, a one-time assistant at Washington.
Montana quarterback Cam Humphrey scored on a 4-yard run early within the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies added a brief discipline aim with 2:54 left to take a six-point lead.
Needing a landing to keep away from the upset, Washington got here up empty on its ultimate two possessions. Dylan Morris was incomplete on fourth-and-2 with 1:33 left giving the ball again to the Grizzlies.
Montana was in a position to run off solely 21 seconds, and Kevin Macias’ 50-yard discipline aim try was effectively quick. Given yet another probability, Washington reached the Montana 43, however Morris’ go was intercepted by Marcus Welnel with 31 seconds left and people in maroon and silver began a wild celebration.
“They performed higher than us tonight. We’re not going to make any excuses. Credit goes to Montana,” Washington coach Jimmy Lake stated.
An everyday powerhouse from the FCS division, the Grizzlies pissed off Washington all night time into some of the embarrassing losses in program historical past. Washington had obtained scares previously by FCS applications — most notably a few instances by Eastern Washington.
Montana did not have a 2020 season. The Grizzlies opted out of enjoying the Big Sky Conference schedule final spring and had simply two games, one in opposition to a Division II program.
But the Grizzlies have been stout defensively and opportunistic sufficient on offense.
“Just an entire crew win,” Hauck stated. “As we’ve all talked, I feel we’ve an entire crew and I like our guys.”
Morris scored on a 1-yard keeper on Washington’s opening possession but it surely was in any other case an unsightly efficiency for the offense. Morris threw a pair of expensive interceptions and the Huskies had no downfield menace with three of its high 4 broad receivers out for the game.
Washington’s offensive line that returned all its starters was matched up entrance by the Grizzlies. Washington managed simply 65 yards dashing and averaged 2.4 yards per carry.
It was the primary dwelling game with followers for Washington for the reason that 2019 Apple Cup. They booed the house crew off the sector at halftime and have been left surprised on the finish.
“We want we this might have been a greater final result for them. I wish to thank them for popping out and we will return to work and in making an attempt to verify they wish to come again the subsequent time,” Lake stated. “This is extraordinarily disappointing.”
Humphrey was 12-of-23 passing for 105 yards, and was sacked solely as soon as. Xavier Harris rushed for 70 and Isiah Childs added one other 39, together with a key 12-yard run on third-and-12 halfway by means of the fourth quarter.
Montana hadn’t reached Washington territory for the reason that opening drive of the game, however Humphrey’s 4-yard run gave the Grizzlies a 10-7 lead.
“I don’t assume an (offensive) line can play any higher than our line performed,” Humphrey stated. “They have been excellent. That’s a rattling good soccer crew over there and we held our personal they usually protected me all night time. It was it was superior.”
Washington went three-and-out on its subsequent possession after Morris was sacked. Montana took over in Washington territory and drove to the Washington 5 earlier than Macias hit from 22 yards with 2:54 left.
Morris was 27 of 46 for 226 yards and three interceptions. On Washington’s ultimate two possessions mixed, Morris was 3 of 10 passing for 39 yards and the ultimate interception.
Montana was the primary non-FBS crew to carry a Pac-12 opponent below 10 factors since Grambling State beat Oregon State 23-6 in 1985. … Washington’s seven factors have been the fewest in a house game since being shut out 41-0 by Stanford in 2010.
Montana: The Grizzlies have been extremely spectacular on protection, particularly on the line of defense. Washington’s incapability to run the ball constantly and the stress attending to Morris was the distinction within the game. Morris was sacked thrice together with the three interceptions.
Washington: Washington has no large play threats downfield attributable to an absence of broad receivers. Terrell Bynum, Rom Odunze and Jalen McMillan have been all unavailable for the Huskies. Texas Tech switch Ja’Lynn Polk was anticipated to have an enormous function, however had a 13-yard reception on the primary play of the game and by no means returned attributable to an obvious damage.
Montana: Hosts Western Illinois subsequent Saturday.
Washington: At Michigan subsequent Saturday.
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