Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:04 AM by Dan Cimmino - KPAX Sports
Updated: Sep 24, 2012 10:52 AM
MISSOULA- The days following a Grizzly football loss typically brings plenty of questions to the table. The University of Montana fell to Big Sky foe Northern Arizona during homecoming as the Lumberjacks rallied from 17 down to beat the Griz for the first time in the Jerome Sourers era.
The reason was simple. They won the turnover battle, and the game. The Griz had five giveaways while not forcing any on defense. Two uncharacteristic fumbles from the normally sure handed Dan Moore and three interceptions from freshman quarterback Trent McKinney.
The starting QB has chucked a total of 6 INTs in the two Griz defeats this season, leading some to wonder about his job security. But the Montana coaching staff understands these are part of the growing pains with a young quarterback and are committed to McKinney from this point forward.
"We just tell Trent, you know, you learn by what happens. Trent's going to be fine. He made some real nice plays and he struggled at times, but you know he's a freshman. He's our guy; we're not throwing Trent under the bus by any stretch of the imagination. This was a team loss," coach Mike Delaney said.
The Griz look to rebound when they travel to Eastern Washington on Saturday.