The Montana Grizzly football team got what they wanted: A chance to improve last week's anemic running game. Dropping down this week and taking on Division II Central Washington from Ellensburg, in the home opener, and even more motivated to move the ball on the ground with starting quarterback Jordan Johnson out with a concussion, the Griz pounded the Wildcats 48-14 and in the process packed the rock for a total of 298 rushing yards. That total included some big time plays, particularly from senior running back Travon Van, who racked up 83 yards in just a few carries and added an 85-yard touchdown reception from backup quarterback Shay Smithwick-Hann, finished the day with four TDs and showed what a tremendous player the Marshall transfer is when healthy. All in all, a no-stress day to be a Griz fan, as the outcome of the game was never in doubt and the Griz put CWU away early

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. Things get tougher next Saturday night (September 13), 7:00 p.m. kickoff, when Montana hosts South Dakota. Remember to wear white for White Out Night Out. DB