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12:00 PM PT1:00 PM MT2:00 PM CT3:00 PM ET7:00 PM GMT3:00 AM 北京时间12:00 PM MST2:00 PM EST, Sep. 8, 2018
Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula, Montana  Attendance: 23,132

Montana jumps to 2-0 in Hauck return

By CRAIG HALEY

STATS FCS Senior Editor

(STATS) - The play has been uneven at times, but if the Montana Grizzlies keep getting dominating individual performances, it's going to add up to a rousing return season for coach Bobby Hauck.

Quarterback Dalton Sneed accounted for 343 yards of total offense and three touchdowns and linebacker Dante Olson filled the box score to power No. 14 Montana past Drake 48-16 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs Saturday.

The Griz are 2-0 to start Hauck's second stint in Missoula, having beaten nationally ranked Northern Iowa a week ago. His teams were 80-17 and won seven straight Big Sky titles from 2003-09.

Hauck wasn't pleased with Montana's first half, when it took a 10-3 lead into halftime. It was easier to be pleased with a dominating second half, when the Griz scored 38 points.

"You can't do dumb things and shoot yourself in the foot or it's going to cost you games," Hauck said. "We're not going to have the entire training camp to get ready for a game every week like we did last week. We have to look that sharp out the gate, and we didn't today."

Sneed completed 31 of 47 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, and led the Griz in rushing for the second straight game, gaining 65 yards and a touchdown.Jerry Louie-McGee caught 14 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Adam Eastman rushed for 51 yards and Montana's first two touchdowns.

The defense forced five turnovers. Olson, the Big Sky defensive player of the week against UNI, was even better with 16 tackles, 3½ tackles for loss, two sacks, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. Fellow linebacker Josh Buss was in on six stops, including 2½ for loss and 1½ sacks, and pounced on a fumble. Cornerback Dareon Nash was responsible for three turnovers, including a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The Griz took control of the game by erupting for three touchdowns in the third quarter. Nash's first interception set up an Eastwood 37-yard scoring run. After a Drake touchdown, Sneed answered with a 13-yard scoring pass to Louie-McGee. Reid Miller then intercepted Drake's Grant Kraemer and returned the ball to the Bulldogs' 10, where one play later Sneed connected with Samuel Akem for a touchdown and a 31-10 lead.

Drake (0-1) played its first game after last week's season opener against William Jewell was canceled due to severe weather.

Updated September 8, 2018

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