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MISSOULA, Montana — Bobby Hauck takes no moral victory in covering the point spread against a Pac 12 powerhouse.

“We need to get better. We lost,” Hauck said following his Montana team’s 35-3 loss at No. 15 Oregon on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium. “We came here to win and we didn’t do it.”

The loss was the first of the season for the Grizzlies. UM looked explosive in a 31-17 win at South Dakota that denied the hosts a 16th straight win in the USD home opener. Montana looked dominant in a 45-point second half that lifted the Griz to a 61-17 win over North Alabama.

Montana looked respectable against one of the Pac 12 favorites. The Ducks scored 77 points against Nevada the week before hosting UM. Saturday night, the Griz forced three punts and earned three more fourth down stops.

Against an offensive line that is touted as one of the best in America, Montana’s young, talented defensive line held its own as well. Outside of Sean Dollars’ 63-yard run in the waning minutes with both teams’ backups in, the Griz did not give up a rushing play of more than 23 yards and just two plays of more than 17 yards all evening.

MISSOULA, Montana — Bobby Hauck takes no moral victory in covering the point spread against a Pac 12 powerhouse.

“We need to get better. We lost,” Hauck said following his
Montana team’s 35-3 loss at No. 15 Oregon on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.
“We came here to win and we didn’t do it.”

The loss was the first of the season for the Grizzlies. UM
looked explosive in a 31-17 win at South Dakota that denied the hosts a 16th
straight win in the USD home opener. Montana looked dominant in a 45-point
second half that lifted the Griz to a 61-17 win over North Alabama.

Montana looked respectable against one of the Pac 12
favorites. The Ducks scored 77 points against Nevada the week before hosting
UM. Saturday night, the Griz forced three punts and earned three more fourth
down stops.

Against an offensive line that is touted as one of the best in America, Montana’s young, talented defensive line held its own as well. Outside of Sean Dollars’ 63-yard run in the waning minutes with both teams’ backups in, the Griz did not give up a rushing play of more than 23 yards and just two plays of more than 17 yards all evening.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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