Live updates as the Grizzlies host Portland State Oct. 6, 2018 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Montana started out with the ball but coughed it up on the first play. Quarterback Dalton Sneed appeared to fake a handoff to wide receiver Gabe Sulser, but fumbled. Portland State took advantage of the good field position and ran the ball six times on its scoring drive. PSU quarterback Davis Alexander kept the ball for a 1-yard run to cap off the drive. Cody Williams' PAT was good. SCORE: Portland State 7, Montana 0.
Montana's next drive also gave Portland State a short field to work with. Portland State's Dylan Hanley blocked Eric Williams' punt and the Vikings took over at the Montana 14-yard line. The last time a Portland State player blocked a punt was in 2016. The Griz defense held their own, forcing the Vikings to kick a field goal. Cody Williams' 22-yard field goal was good. SCORE: Portland State 10, Montana 0.
STATS OF THE QUARTER: Montana had -5 yards of offense through the first quarter. UM safety Robby Hauck had six tackles.
Five minutes into the second quarter, Portland State tacked on more points, with a Cody Williams 43-yard field goal. SCORE: Portland State 13, Montana 0.
Midway through the second quarter, Montana switched quarterbacks, going with sophomore Cam Humphrey for a drive. Sneed came back in. After the game, Montana coach Bobby Hauck said the swap was to give Sneed time to "catch his breath and settle down a little bit."
After Cody Williams' field goal, Montana and Portland State traded empty drives for the rest of the half.
By the end of the half, Montana only had 55 yards of total offense and just three first downs.
STAT OF THE QUARTER: Montana forced two fumbles in the second quarter, recovering one of them.
The second half started the same way the first half did: with a fumble on the first snap. This time, though, it was Portland State coughing up the ball. Montana linebacker Dante Olson forced the fumble and Griz defensive lineman David Shaw came up with it. Montana got on the board a few plays later after Adam Eastwood fought off tackles for a 13-yard score. Tim Semenza's PAT was good. SCORE: Portland State 13, Montana 7.
Sneed bounced back and orchestrated a 6-play, 95-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 41-yard pass to redshirt freshman wideout Samori Toure for the Grizzlies' first lead of the game. Semenza's PAT was good. SCORE: Montana 14, Portland State 13.
STAT OF THE QUARTER: Junior linebacker Dante Olson had four tackles and a forced fumble.
The Vikings re-gained the lead after marching down the field for 46 yards. Sirgeo Hoffman ran into the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown score. The two-point conversion failed, as Olson picked off the pass attempt. SCORE: Portland State 19, Montana 14.
Montana answered with a touchdown of its own. Sneed pieced together an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive with UM's touchdown coming through running back Adam Eastwood. The two-point conversion with safety/holder Reid Miller's handoff to Semenza failed. SCORE: Montana 20, Portland State 19.
Montana pieced together a solid drive after capitalizing on Olson's second forced fumble of the afternoon, but senior wide receiver Keenan Curran coughed up the ball at the Portland State 23-yard line, to give the ball back to Portland State with 4:04 left on the clock.
The Vikings marched down the field to the Montana 38-yard line and went for it on fourth-and-2. Quarterback Davis Alexander connected with wide receiver Emmanuel Daigbe to give the Vikings a fresh set of downs with less than 20 seconds left.
With four seconds remaining, Portland State's Cody Williams made a 52-yard field goal from the left hash to give the Vikings the lead and the win. SCORE: Portland State 22, Montana 20.