2008 Montana Grizzlies football team

The 2008 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana during the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season. Montana competed as a member of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Washington–Grizzly Stadium.

2008 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana Griz logo.svg
Big Sky co-champion
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
2008 record14–2 (7–1 Big Sky)
Head coachBobby Hauck (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorRob Phenicie (6th season)
Defensive coordinatorKraig Paulson (5th season)
Home stadiumWashington–Grizzly Stadium (Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. #2 Montana $^   7 1         14 2  
No. 7 Weber State $^   7 1         10 4  
Montana State   5 3         7 5  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Northern Arizona   4 4         6 5  
Sacramento State   3 5         6 6  
Portland State   3 5         4 7  
Northern Colorado   1 7         1 10  
Idaho State   1 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

The Grizzlies were led by sixth-year head coach Bobby Hauck. Montana finished the regular season with an 11–1 overall record and a 7–1 record in conference play to win a share of their 11th straight Big Sky title. Montana secured a berth in the FCS playoffs where they defeated Texas State, Weber State, and James Madison in succession to advance to the championship game. There, they were defeated by Richmond, 24–7, to finish the season as the national championship runners-up.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 67:00 PMat No. 11 Cal Poly*No. 5KPAXW 30–2810,035
September 131:00 PMSouthern Utah*No. 4KPAXW 46–1025,056
September 201:00 PMUC Davis* No. 4
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KPAXW 29–2425,209
September 271:00 PMCentral Washington*No. 3
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KPAXW 38–3525,326
October 41:00 PMat Weber StateNo. 2KPAXL 28–453,753
October 113:00 PMat No. 23 Eastern WashingtonNo. 12KPAXW 19–310,830
October 181:00 PMSacramento StateNo. 8
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KPAXW 43–725,486
October 2512:00 PMat Northern ColoradoNo. 8KPAXW 41–203,709
November 112:00 PMNo. 19 Northern ArizonaNo. 6
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KPAXW 45–1024,003
November 82:00 PMat Portland StateNo. 5KPAXW 29–1212,071
November 1512:00 PMIdaho StateNo. 5
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KPAXW 29–1023,527
November 2212:00 PMMontana StateNo. 5
KPAXW 35–325,629
November 2912:00 PMNo. 23 Texas StateNo. 5
KPAXW 31–1319,489
December 612:00 PMNo. 10 Weber StateNo. 5
ESPNGPW 24–1321,583
December 126:00 PMat No. 1 James MadisonNo. 5ESPN2W 35–2715,976
December 196:00 PMvs. No. 7 RichmondNo. 5ESPN2L 7–2417,823

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