Joe Protheroe

Cal Poly fullback Joe Protheroe, right, leads the FCS in rushing through three games with 467 yards in the Mustangs' triple option offense.

Cal Poly athletics

Saturday, 1 p.m. MDT

San Luis Obispo, California

Alex G. Spanos Stadium (11,075 grass)

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Series history: Montana leads the all-time series, 15-4.

Last Meeting: Cal Poly earned a 20-19 win over the Griz in Missoula in 2015. Freshman kicker Alex Vega nailed a 49-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give Cal Poly a win.

Records: Montana is 2-0 while Cal Poly is 2-1, all in nonconference play.

What's at stake: A fresh start to the Big Sky Conference slate. Saturday marks the first league game of the season for both teams.

Man in charge: Tim Walsh. The eighth-year head coach of Cal Poly is one of the winningest head coaches in Big Sky history. He has a 45-38 record with the Mustangs, but was also head coach at Portland State for 14 seasons from 1993-2006. The last 11 came at the Division I level and he compiled a 90-68 overall record there. His 93 wins since joining the league are the fourth-most all time.

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Ones to watch

5 Joe Protheroe, FB (6-0, 225, Jr., Concord, Calif.): A first-team all-Big Sky selection last year, Protheroe has picked up where he left off. He leads the nation in rushing with 467 yards to go with five touchdowns after rumbling for 779 and six scores in a breakout sophomore season in 2015.

7 Dano Graves, QB (5-10, 190, Sr., Folsom, Calif.): An Air Force transfer, Graves started five games as a sophomore in 2013 before sitting the past two years as Chris Brown's backup. Now a fifth-year senior, he's thrown for 353 yards and rushed or 287 more and has six total TDs this fall.

36 Joseph Gigantino, MLB (6-2, 230, Sr., San Jose, Calif.): A starting outside linebacker last year, Gigantino has added weight and shifted to the "Mike" position this fall. He was third on the team with 75 tackles in 2015 and has 13 stops in three games in 2016.

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