Analysis

Griz ride the momentum of Hauck’s return to electric first half

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MISSOULA — What played out Saturday night under the Washington-Grizzly Stadium lights might’ve been nostalgic if it wasn’t such a stark reality within the present.

One might have expected a Montana Grizzlies team shrouded in mystery to march down the field on its opening drive of their opener against No. 13 Northern Iowa.

When Dalton Sneed exploded through the line, into the open field and then into the South end-zone, a student section adorned in maroon exploded like it was decade earlier. The return of Bobby Hauck was off and running.

While a scripted drive for a team with a new coaching staff is nothing new, the energy UM’s opening drive elicited from the sellout crowd here was palpable. Over the last half dozen years, the unparalleled excitement for Griz football had grown stagnant. For most of the first 30 minutes of action Saturday, it seemed the lit fuse had already ignited an entire fan base.

MISSOULA — What played out Saturday night under the Washington-Grizzly Stadium lights might’ve been nostalgic if it wasn’t such a stark reality within the present.

One might have expected a Montana Grizzlies team shrouded in mystery to march down the field on its opening drive of their opener against No. 13 Northern Iowa.

When Dalton Sneed exploded through the line, into the open field and then into the South end-zone, a student section adorned in maroon exploded like it was decade earlier. The return of Bobby Hauck was off and running.

While a scripted drive for a team with a new coaching staff is nothing new, the energy UM’s opening drive elicited from the sellout crowd here was palpable. Over the last half dozen years, the unparalleled excitement for Griz football had grown stagnant. For most of the first 30 minutes of action Saturday, it seemed the lit fuse had already ignited an entire fan base.

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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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