2008 Montana Grizzlies football team

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2008 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana Griz logo.svg
Big Sky co-champion
Division I FCS National Championship Final, L 7–24 vs. Richmond
Conference Big Sky Conference
2008 record 14–2 (7–1 Big Sky)
Head coach Bobby Hauck (6th season)
Offensive coordinator Rob Phenicie (6th season)
Defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson (5th season)
Home stadium Washington–Grizzly Stadium (Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
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2009 →
2008 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Montana $^   7 1         14 2  
#7 Weber State $^   7 1         10 4  
Montana State   5 3         7 5  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Northern Arizona   4 4         6 5  
Sacramento State   3 5         6 6  
Portland State   3 5         4 7  
Northern Colorado   1 7         1 10  
Idaho State   1 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2008 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana during the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season. Montana competed as a member of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Washington–Grizzly Stadium.

The Grizzlies were led by sixth-year head coach Bobby Hauck. Montana finished the regular season with an 11–1 overall record and a 7–1 record in conference play to win a share of their 11th straight Big Sky title. Montana secured a berth in the FCS playoffs where they defeated Texas State, Weber State, and James Madison in succession to advance to the championship game. There, they were defeated by Richmond, 24–7, to finish the season as the national championship runners-up.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 7:00 PM at No. 11 Cal Poly* No. 5 Alex G. Spanos StadiumSan Luis Obispo, CA KPAX W 30–28   10,035
September 13 1:00 PM Southern Utah* No. 4 Washington–Grizzly StadiumMissoula, MT KPAX W 46–10   25,056
September 20 1:00 PM UC Davis*dagger No. 4 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 29–24   25,209
September 27 1:00 PM Central Washington* No. 3 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 38–35   25,326
October 4 1:00 PM at Weber State No. 2 Stewart StadiumOgden, UT KPAX L 28–45   3,753
October 11 3:00 PM at No. 23 Eastern Washington No. 12 Woodward FieldCheney, WA (Governors Cup) KPAX W 19–3   10,830
October 18 1:00 PM Sacramento State No. 8 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 43–7   25,486
October 25 12:00 PM at Northern Colorado No. 8 Nottingham FieldGreeley, CO KPAX W 41–20   3,709
November 1 12:00 PM No. 19 Northern Arizona No. 6 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 45–10   24,003
November 8 2:00 PM at Portland State No. 5 PGE ParkPortland, OR KPAX W 29–12   12,071
November 15 12:00 PM Idaho State No. 5 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT KPAX W 29–10   23,527
November 22 12:00 PM Montana State No. 5 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (Brawl of the Wild) KPAX W 35–3   25,629
November 29 12:00 PM No. 23 Texas State No. 5 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (First Round, Division I Championship) KPAX W 31–13   19,489
December 6 12:00 PM No. 10 Weber State No. 5 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (Quarterfinals, Division I Championship) ESPNGP W 24–13   21,583
December 12 6:00 PM at No. 1 James Madison No. 5 Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA (Semifinals, Division I Championship) ESPN2 W 35–27   15,976
December 19 6:00 PM vs. No. 7 Richmond No. 5 Finley StadiumChattanooga, TN (Division I Championship Game) ESPN2 L 7–24   17,823
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

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