- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Grizzlies’ defense didn’t take kindly to having 42 points dropped on them last week, and they responded in a big way Saturday afternoon.

Montana (6-3, 4-1 Big Sky) allowed 13 points and Jordan Canada rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns to help Montana past Sacramento State in a 31-13 win.

Garrett Safron punched in a TD from the 1 with 32 seconds left to give Sacramento State (4-5, 1-4) its only touchdown. Safron finished 27 of 48 for 262 yards.

“I told them before the game, ‘I want you to make this the most miserable day of his entire career,’ and I think we did that a bit today, I really do,” Montana coach Mick Delaney said.

Jordan Johnson stepped out of the game early in the fourth, finishing 13-21 for 143 yards and a touchdown for Montana. Johnson’s 42-yard option run early set up Jordan Canada for a 2-yard touchdown for Montana’s first score.

Kendrick Van Ackeren came up with a tip-drill interception off Safron’s throw soon after, zig-zagging his way 59 yards down the field to set up a 29-yard Daniel Sullivan field goal for Montana.

“When I got the ball, it almost felt like I was 185 pounds again for a second,” Van Ackeren said. “I think that’s the longest I’ve ran in six years.”

Travon Van snuck in standing on a 7-yard touchdown run and Canada continued the trend by bouncing off the line and to the outside on a 68-yard touchdown run.

Sacramento State edged Montana in total yards and time of possession in the loss.



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