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Tony Moss Time

NativeGriz

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We are getting a lot less press coverage lately. The article is 1/2 the size of those earlier in the season.

Portland State (4-3) at No. 12 Montana (5-2), 3:05 p.m.

It’s not the marquee matchup in the Big Sky this season, or even this week, but Portland State’s trip to Montana still holds plenty of importance. The homestanding Griz will be attempting to remain in the league race, after last week’s 43-40, double- overtime loss at Idaho State dropped them to 1-1 in the conference. For the visiting Viks, the situation is even more desperate. PSU, which comes off a 20-7 win over Sacramento State, must win in order to extend its playoff hopes for one more Saturday. Montana may have fallen to ISU last week, but the offense continues to make strides. Quarterback Craig Ochs threw for 329 yards and three touchdown passes in his second Grizzly start, though he did toss a pair of interceptions in the loss. Running back Justin Green rushed for a career-high 141 yards for the UM offense, which amassed 534 yards on the day. The Griz defense, specifically the secondary, must be better after allowing ISU quarterback Mark Hetherington to throw for 398 yards. It was defense that guided Portland State’s win a week ago, as Tim Walsh’s crew limited the Hornets to 274 total yards and shut them out over the final 46 minutes. Defensive end Josh Ratliff posted 13 tackles and a sack in the effort. The offense struggled at times, with quarterback Joe Wiser throwing three interceptions and top rusher Ryan Fuqua being held to 79 yards on 25 carries. UM has won three straight in the series and hasn’t lost to Portland State in Missoula since 1987. I see those streaks continuing this week, as the Griz will be ready to expel last week’s demons in front of an expectant home crowd. Ochs has another strong outing, and the Grizzlies win by 10.
 
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