UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Bulldog gridiron squad outscored the Montana Tech Ordiggers 42-0 in the second half and cruised on for a convincing 55-16 victory for their first conference win of the season. By Lowell Peterson [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Ryan Nourse addresses his team after being presented with the game ball from his first win as Montana Western head coach."][/caption] The University of Montana Western Bulldog gridiron squad outscored the Montana Tech Ordiggers 42-0 in the second half and cruised on for a convincing 55-16 victory for their first conference win of the season. Montana Western’s Ryan Nourse picked up his first win as a college head coach in convincing fashion and his players gave him an early shower, compliments of the water bucket, as time ran out. The victory, combined with the Bulldog volleyball team’s 3-1 win, also over Montana Tech on Thursday, night capped off a very successful homecoming weekend for the Bulldogs. Montana Western scored first on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Zach McRae to Mike Gallagher in the first quarter. The Orediggers would score the next 16 points on a Zach Reisenauer field goal (22 yards) and two touchdown runs by Pat Hansen. Hansen’s first score was a 72-yard run at the end of the first quarter and the second was from three yards out early in the second period. McRae hit Casey Lamping with a 23-yard pass in the second quarter to close out the scoring and the first half ended with Tech on top, 16-13. The second half was dominated by Montana Western on both sides of the ball. The Bulldogs scored 21 points in both the third and fourth quarters and the defense held the Orediggers scoreless. Montana Western's TJ Leep ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass from McRae for another score. McRae also scored on a two-yard plunge as did Junior Mataafa. Jeremy Grosswiler scored the final touchdown with just over two minutes to play on a 76-yard interception return. Yim Sribenjakul kicked seven extra points. Montana Western had 472 yards of total offense while Montana Tech tallied 405. TJ Leep rushed for 49 yards and Charlie Dotson added 41 for the Bulldogs. Hansen had a game high 160 yards rushing for Tech, although only eight came in the second half. For the Bulldogs, McRae completed 17-of-26 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Leep (111 yards), Mike Gallagher (60 yards) and Colton Woods (58 yards) were the leading receivers. The Orediggers’ Brian Schwarzkoph was 13 of 18, passing for 169 yards. Trent Thomas was Tech’s top receiver with 106 yards. Kasey Griffith and Jesse McLeod led the Bulldogs in tackles with nine and eight, respectively. Nathan Kobold led the Orediggers with 10 tackles and Ryan Jones added seven. Montana Western improved to 1-4 both overall and in conference play on the season. Montana Tech fell to 0-5 in conference play and 1-5 overall. The Bulldogs travel to Grand Forks, N.D. on Saturday, Oct. 8 for a nonconference game against the University of North Dakota. Game time is 1 p.m. (12 p.m. MST). Montana Tech has a bye weekend.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.