Grizzly Football Season Ends Early

22 11 2010

November 21, 2010

For the first time in 18 years, the Montana Grizzlies will not be competing in the FCS playoffs.  The Grizzlies extinguished their chances of a playoff berth after falling to their rival Montana State 21-16 at Washington Grizzly Stadium yesterday.

And although the team has plenty of excuses such as losing 17 seniors from last year’s team and undergoing a coaching and scheming overhaul, the team will most remember the untimely mistakes it made on a frigid November day against its bitter rival.  Montana had three redzone turnovers, two of which came with 5-yards of the endzone.  And so despite the Grizzly defense shutting out the Cats in the second half, Montana’s offense couldn’t find any points in the last three quarters of play.

In another bitter storyline, senior runningback Chase Reynolds finished just three yards shy of the all-time Grizzly rushing record.  Reynolds rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown in the game off of 21 carries.  He finishes his brilliant collegiate career with 4,067 rushing yards.  He also holds school records with 59 total touchdowns and 52 rushing touchdowns.

Montana ended the game with slim hopes of getting an at large playoff berth into the 2010 FCS playoffs.  Those hopes were dashed this morning when the selection show revealed a 20-team playoff bracket that did not include the Grizzlies.