No. 8 Montana uses 6 FGs to top Western Oregon

MISSOULA, Mont. – Brody McKnight hit six field goals to lift No. 8 Montana (FCS) to a 32-7 victory over Western Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Five of his six field goals came from within 36 yards as the Wolves (6-4, 6-1 GNAC) thwarted multiple touchdown scoring opportunity for the Grizzlies (8-2) inside the redzone.

Western Oregon’s defensive effort was led by a team season-best 18 tackles from reigning GNAC Defensive Player of the Week Devin Wells. Benjamin Merrill also came through with a career-best 13 tackles, while Scotland Foss (12) and King Manu (11) each added double-digit tackles. Bryce Peila, who came into the game ranked second in NCAA Division II in interceptions, added to his season total with a pick in the second quarter to bring his season total to eight.

Montana’s defense was just too much for the Wolves. They picked off Western Oregon quarterbacks four times and held the Wolves to 221 yards of total offense.

The Grizzlies led 12-0 at the half after McKnight connected on all four of his field goal attempts in the first half. He then put one more through the uprights early in the third quarter to give UM a 15-0 lead. The Wolves answered with their lone touchdown of the day, as Cory Bean connected with Lucas Gonsalves on a 27-yard touchdown strike, at the 9:24 mark in the third quarter. The score was set up by a 47-yard pass completion from Bean to Tyrell Williams earlier in the drive.

After seeing their lead cut to eight points the Grizzlies became angry. They scored touchdowns on two of their next three drives to increase their lead to 29-7, and would get one more field goal for the final margin of victory (32-7).

Williams would end up leading WOU in receiving yards with 69. Gates had four catches to lead the squad. Trevor Roush had 40 yards rushing to lead the team on the ground for the second week in a row.

Peter Nguyen had 149 of Montana’s 245 yards rushing to lead the team.

Western Oregon will close out the regular season next Saturday (Nov. 12) at Humboldt State in a battle for the GNAC championship. (HSU defeated Dixie State 45-30 on Saturday, Nov. 5).

Danny Barnts
Sports Information Director
Western Oregon University
Office: (503) 838-8121
Cell: (509) 336-9944

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