Montana running back Jeremy Calhoun tries to break away from Portland State's defense on Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium in Oregon. Calhoun rushed for 124 yards and had two touchdowns in the game.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian

HILLSBORO, Ore. — The streaks are over. 

Montana hadn't beaten a conference team since Nov. 5, 2016. Montana hadn't won a road game since Sept. 10, 2016 or beaten a conference team on the road since Nov. 21, 2015. 

Those streaks are over and Montana is celebrating this weekend. 

"It's been a while," Montana quarterback Gresch Jensen said. "We try to play the same no matter where it's at. It's still 53 1/3 by 120 and we just go out there and compete." 

Montana coach Bob Stitt agreed.

"It was a good one to get, it's hard to win on the road especially in the Big Sky," Stitt said. "Proud of our kids how they kept their head down and kept playing and it was not a perfect game and it wasn't always pretty but our guys were playing hard and were making enough plays to stay ahead of them.

"Couldn't be prouder. Gotta enjoy these. Because they're very difficult on the road. I told our guys, have a great time with your friends tonight and we're gonna get back and work and get ready for the next one."


Jeremy Calhoun's day

Have a day, Jeremy Calhoun. 

The junior running back had 22 carries for 124 yards with two touchdowns. 

Calhoun had never eclipsed the 100-yard benchmark before. 

Calhoun also moved up on the program charts for career rushing touchdowns. 

His two touchdowns on the day brought him up to 23 career rushing touchdowns, passing Jody Farmer and current running backs coach Justin Green. 

He has a lot of ground to make up if he wants the school record. Chase Reynolds scored 52 touchdowns during his career from 2008-10. 


Ol' reliable James Banks 

Senior linebacker James Banks continued to do what he does best — make tackles. 

Banks, yet again, led the Grizzlies in total tackles with 11, including 2 1/2 tackles for loss. 

Banks has led the Montana efforts in tackles in three of its five games this season — against Valparaiso (12) and Savannah State (10) — and has racked up at least 10 tackles in all but the Washington game, moving him to 52 tackles on the year with six games left. 

In comparison, Banks had 54 tackles last season. 

Before Saturday's game, Banks was 12th in the FCS with total tackles at 41. He's second in the conference.


No longer perfect

Perfection is an incredibly difficult thing to achieve as a placekicker.

Coming into Saturday's game, Brandon Purdy was complete perfect with having made 3 of his 3 field goals and 20 of 20 PATs.

He made 3 of 3 field goals against Portland State and made his first four PATs to extend his streak to 24, but his kick after Justin Strong's 64-yard interception return went wide. 

Purdy didn't have an attempt after that to right the miss.

However, Griz fans shouldn't be worried, as special teams coordinator Travis Niekamp isn't. 

"If something goes wrong, he accepts responsibility for it," Niekamp said in an interview on Sept. 20. "If he doesn't kick it well, he takes ownership. If he has a bad kick, I don't get overly concerned about it because I know the next one is going to be just fine."

Amie Just covers Griz football for the Missoulian, among other things. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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