117 Years of History

Bobcat Victories

1929, Butte, Clark Park, 14-12

The Bobcats built a two-point lead thanks to a receiving and rushing touchdown from Max Worthington. Operating on the Bobcat 18-yard yard line for the final play of the game, Griz quarterback Jim Morrow passed to Tom Moore, who was tackled at the five-yard line. The Bobcats snapped a 20-year winless streak.

1947, Butte, Naranche Stadium, 13-12

Trailing 13-6 in the fourth quarter, Griz QB Pierre Roberts hit Dan Radakovich for a TD. However, the following PAT was missed, as the Grizzlies missed both PAT’s that day. The Bobcats held on and snapped a 10-game losing streak.

1961, Bozeman, Gatton Field, 10-9

The Grizzlies took a 9-0 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bobcats responded with 10 unanswered points, culminating in a seven-yard TD pass from Bill Mulcahy to Bill Cords with 4:50 left to win the game.

1967, Bozeman, Gatton Field, 14-8

The Bobcats started strong out of the gate, taking a 14-0 lead into halftime. The Grizzlies answered with eight points and in the fourth quarter had the ball at the Bobcat two-yard line. The Grizzlies went for it, but QB Ed Steiner was stopped short of the goal. Don Hass had 209 yards rushing for the Bobcats.

1968, Missoula, Dornblaser Field, 29-24

The Grizzlies led the Bobcats 24-9 with eight minutes left in the game. The Bobcats answered quickly with touchdowns from running back Paul Schafer and QB Dennis Erickson. Trailing 22-24, Schafer scored on a 1-yard TD run with 12 seconds left. Schafer had 234 yards rushing and Erickson had 282 yards passing.

1984, Missoula, Dornblaser Field, 34-24

The eventual national champion Bobcats trailed the Grizzlies 24-12 at the half.  The Cats would respond by scoring 22 unanswered points in the last Cat-Griz game at Dornblaser Field.  Cat QB Kelly Bradley and Griz QB Marty Mornhinweg each threw over 350 yards of passing.  Cats TE Joe Bignell finished with 13 receptions for 179 yards.

2002, Missoula, Washington-Grizzly Stadium, 10-7

Operating with a 3-0 lead, Bobcat QB Travis Lulay hit WR Junior Adams for a 53-yard TD pass. The Grizzlies responded with a 1-yard TD run from David Gober. However, the Cats held Griz QB John Edwards to eight passing completions as they defeated the Griz for the first time since 1984, ending The Streak at 16.

2003, Bozeman, Bobcat Stadium, 27-20

Despite outgaining the Bobcats in yards 193-43, the Grizzlies trailed 10-13 thanks to Cory Smith’s opening kickoff touchdown return and Kenneth Qualls’ pick 6. The Cats would build a 27-10 lead, but the Grizzlies cut the lead to seven and received the ball with two minutes left but were unable to score.

2010, Missoula, Washington-Grizzly Stadium, 21-16

After the first five possessions of the game ended in touchdowns, the only remaining points of the game came after a bad punt snap rolled into the back of the end zone for a safety. The Grizzlies fumbled the ball twice inside the Bobcats’ five yard line. A last second desperation pass was intercepted just short of the end zone as the Cats held on for the victory.

Grizzly Victories

1922, Missoula, Dornblaser Field, 7-6

With the Grizzlies trailing 6-0, RB Joe Kerschner ran for a two yard TD on the final play of the game. The Bobcat timekeeper insisted time had expired before the play, the Grizzly timekeeper indicated he had five seconds left on his watch. The Griz were awarded the victory. Frustrated Bobcat coach Ott Romney would later say, “In the eyes of God and in 60 minutes of play, we won that game.”

1941, Butte, Butte High Stadium, 23-13

After the Bobcats opened the game with two touchdowns, the Grizzlies scored 23 unanswered points, 16 in the fourth quarter, en route to a 23-13 victory. The Grizzlies finished with 458 yards rushing. Both teams fielded players who would later lose their lives fighting in World War II.

1954, Missoula, Dornblaser Field, 25-21

The Bobcats led 14-6 but gave up two touchdowns, one that resulted from a fumble on the Bobcat 20-yard line, to end the first half. The Grizzlies led 25-14 with three minutes remaining, but Jim Posewitz of the Cats returned an interception for a touchdown. The Cats later got to the Griz 32 but failed to score.

1969, Bozeman, Gatton Field, 7-6

Thanks to a 49-yard TD pass Grizzly QB Ray Blum to Arnie Blancas, the Griz clung to a one point lead in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats drove to the Grizzlies two but fumbled. With 25 seconds left the Cats attempted a game-winning field goal from 42 yards. The field goal sailed wide right, and Griz coach Jack Swarthout finally beat the Cats after two heartbreaking defeats.

1995, Reno H. Sales Stadium, 42-33

The Grizzlies, who would later go on to win their first National Championship, trailed the Bobcats 25-20 in the fourth quarter. Griz QB Dave Dickenson answered with three touchdowns, one on the ground and two through the air, to win the game. Dickenson finished with 384 yards passing, and Grizzly wide receiver Joe Douglass had 200 yards receiving.

1997, Reno H. Sales Stadium, 27-25

The Kick. The Bobcats seemed to have ended The Streak on Eric Kinnaman’s go-ahead TD run with 22 seconds left. Leading by one point, the Cats’ kickoff sailed out of bounds, putting the Grizzlies at their 35. Griz QB Brian Ah Yat hit WR Justin Olsen for a 46-yard pass to the Bobcat 19-yard line. With four seconds left, Grizzly kicker Kris Heppner nailed a 37-yard field goal to win the game.

1998, Washington-Grizzly Stadium, 28-21

The Bobcats and the Grizzlies battled with the conference title on the line. The Bobcats were on their own 20 yard line, with a 21-20 lead, when the center to quarterback snap was fumbled and recovered by the Griz, who would go on to score. Griz QB Brian Ah Yat accounted for all four Grizzly touchdowns.

2006, Washington-Grizzly Stadium, 13-7

The Grizzlies left points on the board at the end of the first half when they failed to score on the Bobcat 2-yard line. Trailing 13-7, Andre Fuller of the Bobcats picked off the Grizzly QB Josh Swogger with four minutes left, putting the ball at the Grizzly 40. However, the Cats were unable to move past the Grizzly 25, as Griz kicker Dan Carpenter’s two field goals ended up being the difference.

2013, Bobcat Stadium, 28-14

Trailing 7-0, Griz QB Jordan Johnson ran for 15 yards on third-and-14 and converted a fourth-and-3 through the air, setting up the equalizing TD from RB Jordan Canada at the half. The Griz then took a 21-7 lead through scores from RB Travon Van and TE Clay Pierson. The Cats responded with a TD run from Shawn Johnson, who accounted for all Bobcat scores. The Griz sealed the deal with another Canada TD.