Montana 39, Idaho State 31
The Montana football team beat Idaho State 39-31 on the road and it wasn’t your garden variety road win. On his 20th birthday, Gresch Jensen orchestrated a come-from-behind road victory for the first time in Bob Stitt’s career at Montana.
All four of Jensen’s passing touchdowns went to different receivers — Justin Calhoun, Josh Horner, Samuel Akem and Makena Simis.
On the ground, Jeremy Calhoun almost eclipsed 100 yards again, hitting 90 yards on 15 carries. His backfield partner, Alijah Lee, had 48 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.
“For our kids to go out and play like that in the second half, I couldn't be more proud,” Stitt said. “Last week, getting a road win was what this team needed. Now what this team needed to move forward was a come from behind win on the road.”
Montana at Idaho State, Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.: On paper, this should be a breather for the Griz, given the chaos surrounding the Idaho State athletic department in general and football program in particular.
The Bengals have a new coach in Rob Phenicie, who took over after Mike Kramer, the bombastic former Montana State coach, abruptly retired after last season -- which included a 62-44 loss to Montana. Meanwhile, a booster group is demanding the firing or resignations of the school president and athletic director, claiming that neither are making sports a priority.
ISU has long been the forgotten stepchild in its own state -- southeast Idaho's high-powered sports station broadcasts BYU, Boise State and Idaho but not Idaho State -- and hasn't been formidable since the its 1981 national title team, except for back-to-back eight-win seasons in 2002-03 and an 8-4 blip under Kramer three years ago.
Other than that aberration, the Bengals have had all of 18 wins dating to 2005. ISU is deciding among six quarterbacks, including Idaho transfer Gunnar Amos, but the Bengals are always a danger in Holt Arena.