MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Freshman quarterback Gresch Jensen threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Montana intercepted five passes in a 44-14 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Jensen, returning to the lineup after missing the Grizzlies’ 17-15 win over Northern Arizona last week with a concussion, broke a 7-7 tie with a 6-yard pass to Makena Simis at 3:43 of the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Grizzlies (7-3, 5-2 Big Sky Conference) used a Jeremy Calhoun scoring run and a 24-yard touchdown pass to Samori Toure to push the lead to 37-7.
Montana’s defense intercepted three passes and forced a fumble, and the Grizzlies also blocked a punt in the second quarter, setting up three Brandon Purdy field goals. The Grizzlies also turned the ball over on downs at Northern Colorado’s 7-yard line.
Jensen threw a 56-yard scoring strike to Justin Calhoun to open the third quarter, pushing Montana’s lead to 44-7. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 228 yards. He also ran for 30 yards, including a 2-yard scoring run on Montana’s first drive.
Northern Colorado (2-7, 1-6) tied the game at 7-7 on Conor Regan’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Alex Wesley midway through the first quarter. But the Bears ended up with seven turnovers and Regan gave way to backup quarterback Keaton Mott late in the second period. Mott ended up with 144 yards passing and was picked off twice in the fourth quarter.
Northern Colorado also got a touchdown from cornerback Marshaun Cameron, who took an interception 21 yards for the score in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Davis rushed for 102 yards for the Bears.
Alijah Lee led Montana’s running attack with 98 yards. Keenan Curran caught four passes for 85 yards.
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