Montana buries San Diego in the snow

Missoula, MT ( – Having the most FCS playoff appearances in
history against an opponent making its first one wasn’t the only advantage
Montana had against San Diego on Saturday.

The Grizzlies took full advantage of playing at home in a snowstorm against a
USD squad that probably was looking to get back home – where it wasn’t 20
degrees outside – winning, 52-14, in the first round.

Montana (9-4) will continue its record 23rd appearance in the FCS playoffs next
Saturday at Big Sky Conference rival Eastern Washington (10-2), the No. 4 seed.
The Grizzlies fell in Cheney, 36-26, on Nov. 8.

San Diego (9-3), the champion of the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League,
never adjusted to the snow and fell behind 38-0 by halftime. The Toreros were
held to eight first downs and 158 yards, and went a combined 2-for-15 on third-
and fourth-down conversion attempts.

Montana starting quarterback Jordan Johnson was 13-for-20 for 153 yards and
three touchdowns, and backup signal caller Shay Smithwick-Hann was 3-for-4 for
39 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back Jordan Canada rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown and added a TD
reception, while wide receiver Jamal Jones caught two touchdowns.

San Diego avoided the shutout on Justin Priest’s two touchdown receptions in
the final 6:05.