Fresh meat: Griz face Savannah State for 1st time

Star Staff

After being overwhelmed by eight touchdown (63-7) by Division I power Washington in Seattle last Saturday, the University of Montana is hoping for better things this week at home in Missoula.

The Grizzlies (1-1) face Savannah State (0-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first-ever meeting of the teams.

The Georgia team was crushed 54-7 by Appalachian State, the Tigers avoiding a shutout with a 45-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Savannah State was without power because of Hurricane Irma. But it has been restored. That’s unlike the forecast for the football team that announced in April that it will drop to NCCAA Division II and withdraw from the MEAC.

Montana’s Josh Sandry returned an interception for the lone TD against Heisman Trophy candidate Jake Browning of Washington. Sandry has an interception in both Montana games.

SSU returns eight starters on offense and the Tigers are considered a program on the rise under second-year coach Erik Raeburn. They started 0-7 before winning three in a row to finish 3-7 last season.

Montana opens its Big Sky Conference schedule next Saturday, playing host to No. 12 Eastern Washington.

Montana State is off this week.