Malik Brown

Malik Brown

Anita E. Bunker, SUU athletics

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium (25,217 FieldTurf)

Cowles Montana Media

Series history: Montana leads the all-time series, 5-2.

Last Meeting: Jordan Canada ran for a career-high 206 yards and scored two touchdowns in Montana’s 35-17 victory over Southern Utah in Cedar City in 2014.

Records: Montana is 2-1 overall and 0-1 in Big Sky games. Southern Utah is 2-1, 1-0.

What's at stake: A rebound. The Griz dropped their conference opener last week to Cal Poly and need to avoid a big 0-2 hole in the early season, especially with some of the difficult road games coming their way in October.

Man in charge: Demario Warren. The 31-year-old is in his first year as a head coach after working with the defense the past eight years at Southern Utah. He was the Thunderbirds' defensive backs coach from 2008-13 before serving as defensive coordinator the past two years. He takes over for Ed Lamb, who is now an assistant head coach at BYU.

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Ones to watch

4 Malik Brown, RB (6-1, 205, Sr., North Las Vegas, Nev.): Brown led the team in rushing last year with 885 yards and eight touchdowns, and he's already up to 368 yards in three games this fall. That ranks second in the Big Sky.

30 Tyler Collet, S (6-2, 185, Jr., Moorpark, Calif.): The Big Sky's reigning defensive player of the week, Collet has a league-leading three interceptions on the season with two coming in last week's win over Portland State. He also has 15 tackles from his safety position.

34 Mike Needham, OLB (6-4, 210, Jr., St. George, Utah): A first-team All-Big Sky pick as a sophomore last year, Needham made 94 tackles and returned three turnovers for touchdowns. He leads the T-birds with 31 tackles so far this season, including 5.5 for loss.

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