North Dakota State has won 4 FCS national championships in a row opened the college football season against Montana. The once clear and beautiful Montana skies were filled with smoke from numerous Western fires that are burning up the spectacular and great American West.
Thanks ESPN for giving us Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer and the SEC crew. But, they did behave themselves for the most part.
Musburger does need to learn how to say the word Bison, but so does the entire fan base of North Dakota State. Oh, my thanks to ESPN for Musburger was sarcasm in case you didn’t realize it.
What a way to start off the 2015 season.
This game was back and forth the entire game. A fumble at nearly the end of the game put Montana in scoring position when they were down 35 to 28.
The Grizzlies of Montana had to settle for a Field Goal to close the gap to 35-31.
The Montana defense was missing one of it’s best defenders in Linebacker Herbert Gamboa, but they rose up and stuffed North Dakota State and their NFL prospect Quarterback, 6-6, 235 Carson Wentz. North Dakota State was forced to punt with less than 2 minutes remaining. Unfortunately for the Bisons of North Dakota State, the ball rolled into the Grizzly End Zone to come out to the 20 yard line.
Smoothly and almost methodically, 6-7, 235 Montana Quarterback Brady Gustafson in his first ever college start, led the Grizzlies down the field until they were 4th and goal on the 1 yard line with 6 seconds left.
Earlier, since football had been gone for so many months, I had hoped for a Overtime finish. But, if not Overtime, then this was the perfect way to end the first game of the season.
5-9, 215 Running Back Joey Counts cut to the outside behind excellent blocking and almost walked into the End Zone with 2 seconds left on the clock.
The Grizzlies kicked the extra point to take a 38 to 35 lead.
The kick off was fumbled and the game ended with the Montana fans going crazy.
Don’t worry, North Dakota State fans, the Bisons will still have a good season and it’s a long way until the playoffs.
Bison Quarterback Carson Wentz could be a star in the NFL in a few years and the team has plenty of other talent.
But, what a way to start off the season. The game was so good that even Brent Musburger couldn’t ruin it.