Bulldogs Lose First Home Game Since 2018 (Full Picture Gallery)
UMW Sports Press Release
The Montana Western football team fell to (RV) Montana Tech by a score of 33-24, despite holding the Orediggers to only three points in the second half. Jon Jund led the Bulldogs with 217 passing yards, 101 rushing yards, and a touchdown. The Bulldog defense struggled to perform as they have in weeks past.
How It Happened Montana Tech jumped out to a fourteen-point lead early in the first quarter of the game. With 6:52 on the clock, the Bulldogs answered off of a drive that was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Reese Neville. Just before the end of the first quarter, the Orediggers picked up a safety and two points off of a bad snap. The score would then remain 7-16 heading into the second quarter. Montana Tech then scored twice before the Bulldogs were able to answer. With 4:25 left until half, the Bulldogs scored on a five-yard touchdown run by Colten McPhee. The Bulldogs headed into the half with some ground to makeup as the score was 14-30.
The second half was a defensive battle for both teams as both sides forced a three and out. The Bulldogs put the first points on the board of the half after a Jund touchdown pass to Trey Mounts for 47 yards, bringing the score to 21-30. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs had a 17 play, 76-yard drive that ended in a John Mears field goal that brought the score to 24-30. The Orediggers were able to run out the clock on their next drive which resulted in a field goal that sealed the victory over the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs ultimately fell to Montana Tech by a score of 24-33.
This is the first Bulldog loss at home since the 14-17 loss to College of Idaho on Nov. 3, 2018.
Jund totaled 217 passing yards, 101 rushing yards, and one passing touchdown.
Braden Smith led the Bulldogs with tackles as he totaled 11, 2 of which solo tackles, and 1 tackle for loss.
Blake Sentman tallied five receptions and 68 yards.
Braden Swank and Kameron Rauser each tacked on 10 tackles for the Bulldog defense.
Up Next The Bulldogs will look to bounce back next week in their homecoming game at home against Rocky Mountain College at 1 PM MST.