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Griz shut down North Dakota in 55-17 win

Published On: Sep 14 2013 09:36:17 PM MDT
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The Montana Grizzlies went to North Dakota with one thing in mind, stop the pass. And that's exactly what they did in Saturday's 55-17 win over North Dakota.

After allowing over 600 passing yards a year ago the Griz held North Dakota to just 281 passing yards. On the other side of the ball Montana dominated the game through the air. Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson completed 15 of 19 passes for just over 350 yards all while throwing five touchdowns. Ellis Henderson caught five passes from Johnson with three of them going for scores, Henderson finished the game with 124 receiving yards.

The Grizzlies also controlled the ground game. On the defensive side of the ball UM held North Dakota to just 19 yards on 25 carries. Offensively the Griz had another solid showing running the ball. Montana's running backs ran the ball 37 times for 233 yards. Leading the way rushing was Jordan Canada who had another 100 yard rushing game on 14 carries. Travon Van finished right behind Canada with 72 yards on 10 carries. Van did however have the first score for Montana on a 70 yards pass from Johnson in the first quarter.

When it cam to protecting the quarterback Montana once again one the battle. Johnson was not sacked one time in the game. It was not the same story for North Dakota. Defensively the Griz played a sound game and pressured the quarterback all night long. Montana's leadership and experience on defense resulted in two interceptions and five sacks.

Another key factor for Montana's win was the fact that they only punted the ball once in the entire game and that's because the Grizzly offense went 9 of 10 on 3rd down efficiency. The Griz will be back in action Saturday September 21 when they host Oklahoma Panhandle State.