Aggies at a glance: vs. Montana

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C

• Grizzlies at a glance: The No. 10 Grizzlies have one of the most potent offenses in the FCS, ranking ninth at 40.6 points per game. Led by quarterback Jordan Johnson (1,159 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, no interceptions), the Grizzlies have the best team-passing rating (187.98) in the FCS and a strong one-two-punch running attack with Travon Van (379 yards, three touchdowns) and Jordan Canada (345 yards and four scores) behind a line that averages nearly 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds. The defense is led by cornerback Anthony Goodwin, who had seven pass breakups and two interceptions in the Grizzlies' 55-27 win over Portland State. Goodwin was the Big Sky and FCS co-national Defensive Player of the Week.

• Aggies at a glance: Since starting 0-4, the Aggies are now atop the Big Sky Conference with Sacramento State and Montana State and had their most impressive win of the season last Saturday, a 21-3 victory at Southern Utah. In the past two games, the Aggies have scored 51 points. Defensively, they lead the Big Sky in stopping teams on third down (27 for 90, .300).

• Series: Montana leads 4-0, including a 17-10 win at Aggie Stadium in 2009, when the Grizzlies were en route to a 14-1 season and a FCS national title appearance. That contest was delayed 16 minutes when the lights failed with 57 seconds to remaining and UC Davis facing a fourth-and-7 on Montana's 12-yard line. When the lights went back on, Montana's Trumaine Johnson (now with the St. Louis Rams) out-jumped Aggie wide receiver Chris Carter in the end zone for a game-securing interception.

– Bill Paterson

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