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Griz score late TD to beat South Dakota 31-27

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:34:53 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 10 2013 05:26:19 PM MST
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

For the second straight week Griz receiver Ellis Henderson had late game heroics to help Montana beat South Dakota 31-27 on the road.

Late in the fourth quarter the Grizzlies found themselves down by three points after a successful 38 yard field goal by South Dakota. On the ensuing kickoff Ellis Henderson returned the kick from the two yard line. After some solid blocking from the special teams, Henderson hit the sideline and returned the kick 98 yards for a touchdown giving the Griz a 31-27 lead.

South Dakota had one final chance to win the game, but on 4th and 7 UM safety Bo Tully broke up the pass in the endzone to seal the win for Montana.

The Grizzlies struggled to run the ball against the Coyotes, UM carried the ball 24 times for just 53 yards. But Montana was effective passing the ball through the air. Although Jordan Johnson did throw three interceptions, he was still able to pass for 337 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson connected with Henderson four times on the day for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Henderson caught a 71 yard touchdown in the second quarter which gave UM a three point lead at the time. But Henderson's biggest play of the game was in the final minutes when he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to put  the Griz up by four points. Montana held on to get the win 31-27.

The Grizzlies will be back in Missoula Saturday, Nov, 16. when they host Weber State.