SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The key players and position grades from No. 17 Montana's 48-28 win over Cal Poly at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Quick recap

Montana scored six touchdowns and made two field goals during Saturday's game, and Cal Poly scored four touchdowns. Montana had 468 net yards compared to Cal Poly's 512.


Players of the game

Several players stood out in Montana's win over Cal Poly. Including...

Offense: Adam Eastwood. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound redshirt freshman tailback from Del Mar, California, had a career-high 132 rushing yards, four yards receiving and two rushing touchdowns.

Defense: Dante Olson. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior linebacker from Medford, Oregon, recorded 24 tackles.

Olson's 24 tackles were the most by a Grizzly defender since 1994. Montana's sports information department doesn't keep a single-game record for total tackles, but the unofficial record is Tim Hauck's 25 tackles in 1989 against Fresno State.

Olson is the first Grizzly defender to rack up 20 or more tackles since Kendrick Van Ackeren's 20-tackle outing in 2015 against Cal Poly. 

Olson has 79 tackles on the season and is on pace to reach 174 tackles on the season. 

Special Teams: Tim Semenza. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior kicker from San Diego was a perfect 8 of 8 on his kicks, making all six PATs and two field goals from 34 and 27 yards out.

Semenza is now a perfect 10 of 10 on field goals this season.

This week's honorable mentions were:

Offense: Dalton Sneed. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound junior quarterback from Scottsdale, Arizona, completed 71.9 percent of his 32 passes for a season-high 285 yards. He threw three touchdown passes to three different wideouts and added 26 yards rushing. The one blemish: an interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Defense: Josh Buss. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior linebacker from Boise, Idaho, recorded eight tackles and had a fumble recovery for an 80-yard touchdown. 

Special Teams: Matthew O'Donoghue. The 6-foot-1, 248-pound sophomore long snapper from Santa Ana, California, recovered a special teams fumble on a punt return in the first quarter, setting up Sneed's touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Gabe Sulser. 


Report card

Quarterbacks — B+

Dalton Sneed had 285 yards passing, three passing touchdowns and 26 yards rushing. He threw one pick in the end zone, though. 

Running backs/Fullbacks — B+

Adam Eastwood hit 100+ yards for the first time, racking up 132 yards on 16 carries. He added two touchdowns. Alijah Lee added 25 yards on two carries.

Wide receivers/Tight ends — B-

Eight receivers/tight ends were involved in the game, including Samuel Akem, Gabe Sulser and Matt Rensvold, who all had touchdowns. There were a few dropped passes, though.

Offensive line — B

The offensive line appeared to make great strides this week. Sneed wasn't sacked and there were several holes for the rushers to run through.

Defensive line — C

None of Montana's defensive lineman had more than five tackles against a run-heavy offense. Cal Poly ran for 412 yards.

Linebackers — A 

Dante Olson had 24 tackles. Jace Lewis had nine. Josh Buss had eight with a forced fumble and an 80-yard fumble recovery touchdown.

Defensive backs — A-

Robby Hauck had 17 tackles, and Gavin Robertson and Josh Sandry had 10 tackles. Cal Poly's run-heavy offense only had 100 yards passing.

Special teams — A 

Tim Semenza was perfect on his six PATs and two field goals. Eric Williams averaged 46.5 yards per punt. Matthew O'Donoghue recovered a fumble.

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Amie Just covers Griz football and Missoula-area preps. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at

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