No other quarterback in the history of Montana Grizzly football has rushed for more yards in a game than Dalton Sneed did on Saturday against the Sacramento State Hornets, as the transfer quarterback led Montana to a 41-34 victory. And it was only fitting that the quarterback set a record on the day where the program honored its most legendary quarterback, Dave Dickenson, as the former CMR Rustler will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sneed broke touchdown runs of 75, 12, and 38 yards as he totaled 227 yards on the day. Add 234 yards and a touchdown through the air, and Sneed was easily the star of the show today for Montana.
The Griz found themselves down early to Sacramento State. The Hornets took their first possession right down the field as Elijah Dotson galloped to a 59-yard touchdown run. But right away, on the third play from scrimmage for the Griz, they handed the ball to their freshman phenom from Billings, Gabe Sulser, who scored his first touchdown as a Montana Grizzly, taking a 53-yard run to the house.
It was the second quarter where the Hornets seized momentum from Montana and silenced the crowd. On back to back possessions, Sacramento State scored on plays over 50 yards. Elijah Dotson scored on another long run, this time from 66 yards, and Kevin Thomson hit Jaelin Ratliff, who scored from 77 yards out to take a 28-17 lead.
But Sneed led Montana to a scoring drive on their last possession of the half, capped off by a fantastic run where the transfer from Kansas pump faked his way into the end zone to bring the Griz within four at the half.
In the second half, Montana dominated the line of scrimmage early, and came right out and scored a touchdown to retake the lead 31-28. Sacramento State drove down the field on their next possession, but on fourth and goal from the half yard line, wanting to go for it, the Hornet offensive line jumped early, forcing Sacramento State to take the three points from the field goal to tie the game at 31-31.
Matthew Rensvold, a freshman from Polson, caught his first career touchdown as a Griz from Sneed in the fourth quarter to put Montana up 38-31. Montana would never give the lead back, as they locked down their defense in the second half.
Sneed capped off his banner day with a 50-yard run down to the Sacramento State one-yard line that sealed the game for Montana.
The Griz improve to 3-1 on the year, and are realistically a play or two away from being 4-0. Montana hits the road next week and travels to California to play the UC Davis Aggies.