SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Coming into Saturday, redshirt freshman running back Adam Eastwood had tallied just 179 yards rushing on 53 carries with two touchdowns in four games.

He nearly doubled his yardage against Cal Poly.

The San Diego State transfer put up 132 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns — one of which was a 68-yard run where he went untouched. 

"He got some good, tough yards," Montana coach Bobby Hauck said.

Eastwood's first touchdown of the game — a 14-yard score — came in the third quarter and his second — the 68-yarder — started off the fourth quarter.

Before the Cal Poly game, Eastwood's game-high was 72 rushing yards against Sacramento State.


After going three-and-out on its second drive of the game, Montana's Eric Williams booted a 41-yard punt down to the Cal Poly 7-yard line. Cal Poly's J'uan Campbell bobbled the catch near the Montana sideline and lost control of it. 

Sophomore long snapper Matthew O'Donoghue pounced on the fumble to give Montana possession inside the redzone — leading to quarterback Dalton Sneed's 6-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Gabe Sulser. 

O'Donoghue — or O'D as he's called — came up with the fumble and and his teammates instantly jumped up and down near him to celebrate. 

Sneed was on the phone with Montana's offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach — who sits upstairs in the coaches' box — when it happened, so he didn't see the play, but he witnessed the immediate aftermath. 

"I didn't really see it happen. I was coming off the field. I was actually on the phone with Rosey. He said, 'All right, our ball. Our ball. Get back out there.' I was like, 'What?' I see O'D come flying out with the ball. Everyone was cheering and everybody was happy for him. He flies down there every time on punts. Good for him to get the ball. He did his job and he came up good."

This wasn't the first time O'Donoghue made a significant play. In Montana's game at Western Illinois, O'Donoghue caught a 2-point conversion pass from holder/safety Reid Miller. 

Buss for 6

Senior linebacker Josh Buss scored his first touchdown of the season. 

With 1:31 remaining in the first quarter, the Mustangs were looking to score and were at the 16-yard line. 

Cal Poly quarterback Khaleel Jenkins looked to pitch the ball to one of his offensive threats, but hit him in head with the ball. The ball bounced in the air and Buss snagged it, running the ball back 80 yards for Montana's second touchdown of the game. 

"That was awesome. That was incredible," junior linebacker Dante Olson said of Buss' touchdown. "I saw the quarterback pitched it, hit it off the running back's helmet. Buss grabbed it and took off and ran it for an 80-yard touchdown. It was awesome. It was an incredible play. Buss is a great athlete."

Hauck added: "He made a really nice play. Secured the ball. He's veteran enough to know he's in space and took his time picking it up and no one got him."

Semenza's streaking

Junior placekicker Tim Semenza made two field goals on Saturday — a 34-yarder and a 27-yarder. 

Semenza averages two field goals per game and is now 10 for 10 on the year with field goals. 


Montana (4-1) returns home for Homecoming in its third conference game of the season. Kickoff at Washington-Grizzly Stadium is slated for 2 p.m. MT. 

Cal Poly (1-4) plays at Sacramento State (2-2) on Oct. 6.

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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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