Just what you would expect
by, 09-11-2010 at 09:53 PM (1293 Views)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Ca. — One of my favorite aspect of covering the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision are rivalry games. And one of the best non-conference showdowns in FCS from year to year is the matchup between Cal Poly and Montana.
In a couple of years, this showdown will become a Big Sky Conference game, a fact that will likely boost the rivalry further.
The first quarter of the latest Mustang-Grizzly blockbuster has been all you would expect.
On Cal Poly's first drive, quarterback Tony Smith cut off left tackle on the option to dash 26 yards on a fourth and one play for a touchdown.
Moments later, Mustang cornerback Asa Jackson picked off a high pass from Andrew Selle to Jabin Sambrano and returned it to midfield.
Cal Poly missed an opportunity for more points when Jake West hooked a 45-yard field goal attempt.
Montana struck back with a 72-yard touchdown connection from Selle to Sambrano, with Sambrano leaping high in the air near the Cal Poly 40 to beat two defenders for the ball.
Sambrano then made a couple of brilliant moves to free himself for the score.
On its next offensive play from scrimmage, another Selle-to-Sambrano strike, near the sidelline, resulted in a 56-yard gain and set up Chase Reynolds for a two-yard TD smash.
Mark Rogers boosted Cal Poly's confidence with a 54-yard kickoff return and a roughing the passer penalty on Montana defensive tackle Tyler Hobbs on a third and eight from the Griz 28 gave the Mustangs a key first down on the 14.
On fourth and one from the five, fullback Jake Rominelli slanted through the line on the option dive and bulled into the end zone to tie it early in the second period.
Looks so far like we are in for another Cal Poly-Montana classic.