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THE GRIZZLIES GRIND OUT WIN OVER WILDCATS

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His team gave up 38 points Saturday, but Montana coach Don Read was still praising his defense.

"The biggest single thing is, they didn't get anything easy," he said after the Grizzlies upset 17th-ranked Weber State 47-38 Saturday. "No long touchdowns, no breakaway plays. It's a testimony to the defense."Montana's offense also had something to do with the victory: Quarterback Brad Lebo threw for a school-record 466 yards and five touchdowns, including three scoring passes to wide receiver Marvin Turk.

"We went into the game knowing we needed a lot of points," Read said.

Weber State quarterback Jamie Martin, the leading passer in the Big Sky Conference, completed 35 of 54 passes for 377 yards. But he also was intercepted five times, doubling his season total, and his longest touchdown pass was a mere 8 yards, to Dave Hall.

"Good defense and bad throws," Martin said of the interceptions.

The Wildcats (4-1 in Big Sky play, 5-2 overall) also rolled up 210 yards on the ground, including 136 yards and two touchdowns by running back Geoff Mitchell.

Still, it was Montana (3-1, 4-3) that took the early lead and led for all but a brief moment in the final quarter.

"We didn't think they'd score that many (touchdowns)," Weber State coach Dave Arslanian said. "We thought the defense would hold them."

Mitchell's second touchdown - a 29-yard run - gave Weber State a 38-34 lead with 5:01 remaining. But the Grizzlies responded with a drive that consumed just 36 seconds, capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Lebo to Turk for a 40-38 lead.

"It was a big play," said Turk, who finished with 9 receptions for 198 yards. "We did what we had to do."