Montana stays on a roll, crushes Sacramento State, 68-7

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Jeremy Calhoun scored three touchdowns Saturday, two on the ground, as the Montana Grizzlies thrashed Sacramento State 68-7 in Big Sky Conference football.

Calhoun got the Grizzlies (5-1, 2-1 Big Sky) on the board with a 32-yard run midway through the first quarter, and added a 23-yard scoring burst with 2:57 left in the period.

Montana led 41-0 at halftime, and 61-0 when Justin Strong took an interception back 78 yards at 2:26 of the third quarter. It marked 128 straight points for the Grizzlies, who scored the final 67 points in a 67-7 win over Mississippi Valley State on Oct. 8.

Quincy Jountti got Sacramento State (1-6, 1-3) on the board with a 36-yard scamper with 4:46 left in the game.

Brady Gustafson threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns for Montana, including a 10-yard strike to Calhoun to make it 28-0 at 8:35 of the second quarter.

Gustafson was 28 for 35 passing by halftime, including TDs to Keenan Curran, Colin Bingham and Josh Horner.

Montana pulled its starters after John Nguyen tore off an 81-yard scoring run, which made it 47-0 at 12:49 of the third quarter. Nguyen picked up 116 yards on seven carries.

Chad Chalich added passes covering 4 yards to Caleb Lyons and 60 yards to Joey Counts for the Griz.

THE TAKEAWAY

SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets misfired early and racked up 136 penalty yards and surrendered five sacks.

MONTANA: The Grizzlies, ranked No. 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision, mixed Jeremy Calhoun's eighth and ninth touchdown runs of the season with a surgical passing game to pile up 655 yards.

UP NEXT

SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets stay on the road, playing at Northern Colorado.

MONTANA: The Grizzlies take to the road to face Northern Arizona.