MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana relied on its running game late to take the lead, got a couple big plays in its passing game, and No. 15 Cal Poly lost quarterback Tony Smith to injury as the Mustangs suffered a 35-23 nonconference road loss to the No. 4 Grizzlies.
Cal Poly led for much of the game after getting on the board first with a 1-yard touchdown run by Smith in the first quarter, and the Mustangs held a 17-14 lead going into the fourth quarter.
But Montana took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run by running back Chase Reynolds, and Grizzlies quarterback Andrew Selle outdueled Harlan Prather, Smith's replacement, down the stretch to seal the game.
Montana had scoring passes of 84 and 68 yards by receiver Marc Mariani.