Hornets still remember horror of 2016 trip to Missoula
Immanuel Anderson remembers looking up at the scoreboard and feeling a pit in his stomach rooted in disappointment.
As Justin Strong sprinted across the goal line, the Washington-Grizzly Stadium scoreboard flipped to one of the biggest point disparities in the venue’s 32-year history. With two minutes to play in the third quarter, Montana led Anderson and the Sac State Hornets 61-0.
By the time the carnage cleared, the Griz had a 68-7 win, one of their most lopsided victories in program history. Montana rolled up 655 yards of total offense as Brady Gustafson threw four touchdowns, Chad Chalich tossed two more scoring passes, six different receivers scored touchdowns and John Nguyen rushed for more than 100 yards. The Griz defensive front pulverized Sac State quarterback Nate Ketteringham, sacking him five times and hitting him no less than 25 times.
Anderson, who then went by Manny Scott-Anderson, was one of seven starters on that Sac State defense that was either a sophomore or a freshman during the October onslaught two years ago.
A group hungry to prove they belong in the conversation of the Big Sky’s best returns to the scene of the bludgeoning for the first time on Saturday. Sacramento State did not play Montana in any form last season. The Hornets bring a 2-1 record to Missoula and a desire to prove the last trip to Washington-Griz was an anomaly.