Live coverage from Washington-Grizzly Stadium April 10, 2021, as the Montana Grizzlies host NCAA Division II Central Washington for their first game in over a year.

Pregame

Central Washington All-American running back Michael Roots isn't playing in today's game because he entered the transfer portal on Friday.

Montana All-American running back Marcus Knight wasn't in uniform during warmups. Coach Bobby Hauck said during his pregame radio show that "Marcus got an injury, and he won't be available."

First quarter

Montana sophomore running back Nick Ostmo plunges in for a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 45-yard drive started by a 50-yard kickoff return by Malik Flowers and continued by a third-down catch conversion in triple coverage by Sammy Akem. Jack Cooper PAT good. UM 7, CWU 0, 12:06 left in first quarter.

Montana kicker Jack Cooper converts his first field goal attempt at UM, hitting a line drive from 47 yards out through the wind and snow. UM 10, CWU 0, 6:29 left in first quarter.

Montana's defense doesn't allow a first down through the first three drives, forcing two punts and getting an interception by Gavin Robertson, the third of his career at UM, but fails to convert that into points

End 1Q: UM 10, CWU 0

Second quarter

UM can't convert Gabe Sulser's 45-yard punt return to the 8-yard lines into points as Humphrey overthrows a wide-open Mitch Roberts in the end zone. Jacob McGourin recovers a fumble by QB Jack Smith, but Cooper missed a 25-yard field goal wide left.

Montana's defense allows its first points of the game as Van Soderberg, a Washington transfer, drills a 38-yard field goal as CWU puts together its first sustained drive on its fifth possession. UM 10, CWU 3, 8:54 left in second quarter.

Cam Humphrey connects with Gabe Sulser for a 13-yard touchdown after Sulser takes the kickoff 53 yards to the CWU 26-yard line. PAT good. UM 17, CWU 3, 6:16 left in second uqarter.

After coming up limping early in a drive, Cam Humphrey connects with Gabe Sulser for a 34-yard gain and closes the drive with a 5-yard TD run. UM 24, CWU 3, 0:30 left in second quarter.

End second quarter: UM 24, CWU 3

Third quarter

After UM makes a fourth-and-1 stand near midfield, Humphrey finds Sammy Akem down the left sideline for a 23-yard touchdown pass in one-on-one coverage. Cooper PAT good. UM 31, CWU 3, 11:36 left in the third quarter.

Humphrey's pass into double coverage is batted at the goal line by LB Donte Hamilton, is nearly intercepted by LB Tevita Timoteo, but RB Nick Ostmo comes in and snags the bobbled ball out of the air and runs in for a score. PAT good. UM 38, CWU 3, with 6:06 left in the third quarter.

Bozeman grad Kris Brown, a redshirt freshman, replaces Humphrey at QB with UM up 38-3 and 5:38 left in the third quatrer. Brown executes a drive against CWU's No. 1 defense and runs for a 17-yard score. Carver Gilman PAT good. UM 45, CWU 3, with 0:20 left in the third quarter.

Fourth quarter

Brown connects with a wide-open Keelan White for his first career TD at Montana. Brown with 2 TDs in 2 drives in relief of Humphrey. Gilman PAT good. UM 52, CWU 3, with 12:56 left in third quarter.

Malik Flowers appears to run for a 50-yard TD on a jet sweep but is ruled down at the 1-yard line upon review. True freshman RB Xavier Harris scores on a 1-yard run the next play, his first career TD. Gilman PAT good. UM 59, CWU 3, with 9:47 to play.

Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at frank.gogola@missoulian.com.

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