Montana closes pre-league schedule at Western Illinois
The Montana football team will face its third still-inexperienced squad in as many weeks when they play their final match of the non-conference slate on Saturday.
“We’ve talked a bit about that as a team, and I’m excited to go on the road with these guys and see how they perform,” head coach Bobby Hauck said Monday. “We need to understand that it’s a different environment, but the field’s the same size.”
Despite a 26-23 loss, Western Illinois gave Montana State everything it could handle to open the season two weeks ago; last week, the Leathernecks took a 7-0 lead on FBS Illinois before ultimately falling 34-14.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 2 pm. The Grizzlies will open their Big Sky schedule at home the following Saturday versus Sacramento State.