Oct. 7, 2008
All tickets available for the general public have been sold out for this Saturday's (Oct. 11) Eastern Washington University versus Montana Big Sky Conference football game at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash.
Additional bleachers are being added to push the capacity of Woodward Field from 8,600 to 10,840. The Woodward Field record for attendance was set two years ago when an announced crowd of 11,563 was on hand.
Eastern students will still be allowed to enter Woodward Field using their EagleCards.
The game will be televised live throughout Montana via KPAX TV in Missoula, with a feed provided to KSKN Channel 22 in Spokane. Kickoff is 2:05 p.m. Pacific time.
The EWU radio broadcast of the game may be heard on KGA 1510-AM in Spokane, and via webcast at http://www.bigskytv.org. The Montana radio broadcast may be heard on KGVO 1290-AM and KXGZ 101.5-FM in Missoula.
In addition, the Eagle-Griz game will be the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Game of the Week by Broadcaster Marketing Services. The game will be broadcast on a delayed basis over selected stations in the East, including 50,000-watt WCKY AM 1530-AM in Cincinnati, beginning at 8 p.m. Pacific time. WCKY, Clear Channel Communication's sports talk property in Cincinnati, has a nighttime signal that covers all of the territory east of the Mississippi, plus a portion of the country west of the Mississippi and several Canadian provinces.
The Eagles shared the 2004 and 2005 Big Sky titles with Montana, but the Grizzlies have won or shared every league title since 1998. Eastern is the last Big Sky school other than Montana to win the outright title, with that coming in 1997 when the Eagles advanced to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs.
This will be the seventh time in the last 13 meetings that both teams have entered the game nationally ranked. But it won't be a match-up of two top 10 FCS teams after then 11th-ranked EWU lost at PSU 47-36 last Saturday (Oct. 4) about an hour after third-ranked Montana fell at Weber State 45-28. The victory for the Wildcats snapped the 25-game regular season winning streak for the Grizzlies.
"I expect the atmosphere to be incredible this week with a lot of fans in the stands," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. "Montana always travels well, and them coming off a loss makes it that much tougher for us. It's a fun, challenging situation, but it's going to be difficult for us to get a win. It's going to take everyone on this team contributing throughout the week of practice and in this game to make that happen."
As a result of last week's losses, Eastern will enter this week's game ranked 23rd in The Sports Network NCAA Football Subdivision rankings after ranking 11th a week ago. Montana will enter Saturday's game 12th, down from third on Sept. 29. Eastern is now 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the league, while Montana is 4-1 and 0-1, respectively.
Montana has dominated the series with EWU 23-10-1, including victories the last two times Eastern hosted the Grizzlies at Woodward Field (31-28 in 2004 and 33-17 in 2006). Since winning three-straight over Montana from 1990-92, Eastern has won just three times since -- 40-35 in 1997, 30-21 in 2002 and 34-20 in 2005. Eastern is 4-12-1 in Missoula, 5-10 in home games and 1-1 in games played at neutral sites.
In last year's meeting, the Eagles had 565 yards of offense while holding Montana to 289. But the Grizzlies converted a key fourth down play before kicking a 34-yard field goal with 26 seconds to play to pull-out a 24-23 victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 23,226 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont. Eastern scored on four-straight possessions spanning the second and third quarters to take a 20-14 lead, but managed just a field goal after that.