No. 7 Washington Returns Home to Host FCS Power Montana

By The Associated Press

Montana (1-0) at No. 7 Washington (1-0), Saturday 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Line: No line.
Series record: Washington leads 16-1-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
The former Pacific Coast Conference foes meet for the first time since 1951. It should be a tuneup for the Huskies looking to get their offense on track after a sluggish performance in the opener against Rutgers. The Grizzlies opened with a victory over Valparaiso and will be facing an FBS team for the first time since opening the 2014 season at Wyoming. The Griz have Oregon and another trip to Washington on future schedules.

KEY MATCHUP
Washington run game vs. Montana’s defensive front. The Huskies were limited to just 54 offensive plays in the opener in part because the run game struggled to get established early. Washington had just 24 rushing asttempts and RB Myles Gaskin was limited to seven carries despite averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Valparaiso averaged 3.8 yards per carry against the Grizzlies in Montana’s opener.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Montana: QB Reese Phillips. The transfer from Kentucky threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns in the opening win over Valpo. Phillips spent two seasons at Kentucky before transferring to Montana. He served as the backup to Brady Gustafson last season, seeing limited action in four games.

Washington: WR/PR Dante Pettis. The senior tied the Pac-12 record for punt return touchdowns with his sixth last week against Rutgers. Pettis matched the mark set by former California standout DeSean Jackson. Pettis has returned kicks for touchdowns in each of the last three season openers.

FACTS & FIGURES
Montana’s only win over Washington came in the first meeting between the schools, an 18-14 win in 1920 in Seattle. The teams played to a 6-6 tie in 1929. … Washington has won seven straight home openers. Its last loss in a home opener came in 2009 against LSU. … Preseason AP all-American LB Azeem Victor set to return for Washington after missing season opener serving one-game suspension for violation of team rules.
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