Saturday, December 13, 2008


Damn it!

On a cold night in a game dominated by smashmouth rushing, hard hits and turnovers, the Montana Grizzlies avenged their loss in the 2005 championship game by knocking down and eventually out the JMU Dukes 35-27 in the semis of the FCS (D1AA) playoffs.

Richmond faces Northern Iowa this afternoon in the other semifinal game.

The fired-up Griz knocked JMU star playmaker and player of the year candidate QB Rodney Landers out of the game in the second quarter and never looked back. In a game that featured 496 yards of rushing, Montana’s QB Cole Bergquist’s three touchdown passes proved the difference.

While the No. 1 Dukes stay home, the Griz will be making their sixth championship appearance. Montana (14-1) won its 10th straight, forcing four turnovers and twice turning James Madison's fumbles on kickoffs into demoralizingly short, easy touchdown drives.
(AP Photos)

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