2015 Montana Grizzlies football team

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2015 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana Griz logo.svg
Conference Big Sky Conference
Ranking
STATS No. 14
FCS Coaches No. 14
2015 record 8–5 (6–2 Big Sky)
Head coach Bob Stitt (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Ty Gregorak (4th season)
Home stadium Washington–Grizzly Stadium
(Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#18 Southern Utah $^   7 1         8 4  
#10 Portland State ^   6 2         9 3  
#14 Montana ^   6 2         8 5  
North Dakota   5 3         7 4  
Northern Arizona   5 3         7 4  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Weber State   5 3         6 5  
Northern Colorado   3 5         6 5  
Montana State   3 5         5 6  
Cal Poly   3 5         4 7  
UC Davis   2 6         2 9  
Idaho State   1 7         2 9  
Sacramento State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2015 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Grizzlies were led by first-year coach Bob Stitt who took over after 15 years coaching the NCAA Division II Colorado Mines Orediggers. The Grizzlies played their home games on campus at Washington–Grizzly Stadium. Montana participated as a member of the Big Sky Conference, of which they are a charter member. They finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated South Dakota State in the first round before losing in the second round to North Dakota State.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 29 1:30 PM No. 1 North Dakota State* No. 13 Washington–Grizzly StadiumMissoula, MT (FCS Kickoff) ESPN W 38–35   26,472
September 5 7:00 PM Cal Poly* No. 13 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT CMM L 19–20   26,065
September 19 5:00 PM at No. 15 Liberty* No. 8 Williams StadiumLynchburg, VA CMM/ESPN3 L 21–31   22,551
September 26 2:00 PM Northern Arizonadagger No. 14 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT RTNW W 23–14   26,136
October 3 2:00 PM at UC Davis No. 13 Aggie StadiumDavis, CA RTNW W 27–13   6,241
October 10 2:00 PM Weber State No. 12 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT CMM L 21–24 OT  25,500
October 24 1:30 PM North Dakota No. 19 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT RTNW W 42–16   25,014
October 31 3:00 PM at No. 12 Portland State No. 17 Providence ParkPortland, OR CMM L 16–35   11,045
November 7 1:30 PM at Idaho State No. 22 Holt ArenaPocatello, ID CMM W 33–27 OT  7,795
November 14 1:30 PM No. 10 Eastern Washington No. 22 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (EWU–UM Governors Cup) RTNW W 57–16   25,213
November 21 12:00 PM at Montana State No. 17 Bobcat StadiumBozeman, MT (Brawl of the Wild) RTNW W 54–35   20,507
November 28 1:00 PM No. 10 South Dakota State* No. 16 Washington–Grizzly Stadium • Missoula, MT (FCS Playoffs First Round) ESPN3 W 24–17   14,575
December 5 1:30 PM at No. 2 North Dakota State* No. 16 FargodomeFargo, ND (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 L 6–37   18,232
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Despite also being a member of the Big Sky Conference, the game with Cal Poly on September 5 is considered a non-conference game.

Game summaries[edit]

North Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Bison 7 21 0 7 35
#13 Grizzlies 10 11 7 10 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2014 NDSU, 22–10

Cal Poly[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 7 7 3 3 20
#13 Grizzlies 7 7 0 5 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–3 2014 POLY, 41–21

@ Liberty[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Grizzlies 0 12 7 2 21
#15 Flames 14 3 7 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2012 LIB, 31–21[1]

Northern Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 0 0 14 0 14
#14 Grizzlies 10 6 0 7 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–13 2013 NAU, 34–16

@ UC Davis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Grizzlies 7 7 7 6 27
Aggies 6 7 0 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 2014 MONT, 42–28

Weber State[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
Wildcats 7 14 0 03 24
#12 Grizzlies 14 0 0 70 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–13 2013 MONT, 42–6

North Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Dakota 7 3 0 6 16
#19 Grizzlies 7 14 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–8–1 2014 MONT, 18–15

@ Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Grizzlies 0 10 0 6 16
#12 Vikings 7 14 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–11 2013 MONT, 55–27

@ Idaho State[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
#22 Grizzlies 14 7 3 36 33
Bengals 7 6 0 140 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
42–13 2012 MONT, 70–24

Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Eagles 3 6 7 0 16
#22 Grizzlies 14 16 20 7 57
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–15–1 2014 FCS Playoffs EWU, 37–20

@ Montana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Grizzlies 17 20 7 10 54
Bobcats 7 7 8 13 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
71–37–5 2014 MONT, 34–7

FCS Playoffs[edit]

First Round–South Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Jackrabbits 0 0 10 7 17
#16 Grizzlies 7 17 0 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–0 2009 FCS Playoffs MONT, 61–48

Second Round–@ North Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Grizzlies 0 0 6 0 6
#2 Bison 7 14 10 6 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 8/29/2015 MONT, 38–35

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 13 8 (2) 8 14 13 12 20 19 17 22 22 17 16 14 
Coaches 12 8 (3) 7 15 12 11 19 18 17 22–T 22 17 17 14

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