FCS Playoff Game Breakdown: Montana at Weber State

Montana at Weber State
Montana started in a quick 7-0 hole to Southeastern Louisiana. It didn’t last long. Fourteen seconds exactly, Dalton Sneed hit Samori Toure with a 62-yard touchdown pass. The rest of the day consisted of Sneed throwing darts all over the field, 29 of 45 for 459 yards, and five touchdowns. The aforementioned Toure caught 12 of those passes for 303 of those yards and three of those touchdowns. But it wasn’t all Sneed’s show. Running back Marcus Knight ran for three touchdowns himself. They scored 73 points for the day. Now, the defense did record a safety and had a pick six, but gave up a total of 489 yards. Amazing they “only” gave up 28 points.
The Wildcats had the displeasure of playing Kennesaw State and the nation’s best rushing attack. Those 67 rushes for 285 yards might look bad, but those are normal numbers for the Owls. What’s more disturbing is the fact that running back Josh Davis only had 11 rushes for 36 yards. Quarterback Jake Constantine did pick up the slack, hitting receivers Devon Cooley and David Ames each for over 100 yards. It’s tough to get an offensive flow going against a team so dedicated to controlling the clock. But Weber State has got to want better balance next week.
These two teams just played on November 16. That game was in Montana, won by the Grizzlies, 35-16. The game really wasn’t even as close as the score shows, as it was 35-3 after three quarters. Ironically, Toure had almost 200 yards and three touchdowns in that game also. The Griz held Constantine to just 170 yards passing and intercepted him three times. Will a few weeks and a change in venue matter?
Prediction: Montana 34, Weber State 24