By AJ Mazzolini
Courtesy of the Missoulian
College Sports Journal
MISSOULA, MT — It takes a lot to leave Joey Counts speechless.
The climactic touchdown in one of the biggest events in Missoula sporting history sure did the trick though.
The beleaguered running back carried Montana into the end zone and past four-time defending FCS national champion and preseason No. 1 North Dakota State on Saturday, 38-35, igniting a record crowd at Washington-Grizzly Stadium to cap a perfect day for UM that was already ripe with storylines.
A new head coach. A mysterious and alluring offense. An ESPN-televised kickoff. The opponent to end all opponents. And a fourth-down, goal-line try with almost no time on the clock?