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Griz survive overtime thriller 51-48 over Hornets

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:34:25 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 03 2013 11:30:17 AM MST
Ellis Henderson
MISSOULA, Mont. -

For the second time in just three weeks it has taken overtime for the Montana Grizzly football team to come out of a game victorious.

Late in the 4th quarter the Griz had a seven point lead, but with 23 seconds left in regulation Sacramento State scored to tie the game 45-45 and force overtime.

In OT the Hornets started with the ball but Montana's defense buckled down and gave up just a field goal.

The Grizzlies wasted not time on their possession.  With the ball at the 25 yard-line Jordan Johnson connected with Ellis Henderson for a touchdown on the very first play to seal the win 51-48 the final.

Both the Griz and Hornets struggled to find the end-zone in the first quarter, but in the second quarter they exchanged several scores. The Hornets scored the first touchdown of the game on a 25 yard pass from Garrett Safron to DeAndre Carter.

Montana answered back with a touchdown run from Jordan Canada from one yard out which tied the game at 10-10. Then just before halftime the Grizzly offense found the end zone for a second time. This time Johnson hit Jamaal Jones on a 54 yard touchdown pass giving Montana a 17-10 lead.

Throughout the third and fourth quarters both team traded touchdowns with one another. In the third quarter UM outscored Sac State 21-7. Then in the fourth quarter the Hornets outscore the Griz 21-7, including the game tying touchdown with :23 seconds left to play.

The Grizzlies improve their conference record to 4-2 on the year while the Hornets see their league mark drop to

Montana will be back on the road next Saturday Nov. 7th when they take on South Dakota.