Rocky Mountain Falls in Season Opener to Dickinson State - KULR8.com | Montana's News Leader | Billings, MT

Rocky Mountain Falls in Season Opener to Dickinson State

Posted: Updated:

Any football coach will tell you, turnovers will undo all good in football. Unfortunately for the Rocky Mountain Battlin' Bears, they had four of them in their season opening loss to #15 Dickinson State 43-28. 

Rocky came out strong, going 75 yards on their opening drive, capped off by a 4 yard touchdown run by Max Gray. Then on the Blue Hawks first play, a fumble gave the ball right back to the Battlin' Bears, only to see Sam Sparks fumble through the endzone, giving the ball back to Dickinson.

At halftime it was a 14-6 lead for the Blue Hawks following a pair of second quarter touchdowns for Dickinson, but Rocky managed to tie things up at 14-14 in the second half after Keenan Fagan picked off a pass and took it 45 yards to the endzone for the score. Jacob Bakken scored on the two point conversion to knot things up.

From there the Blue Hawks scored 20 unanswered points, and it wasn't until Bakken found Sparks for a 14 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that the Battlin' Bears stopped the bleeding.

For the game Dickinson State outgained Rocky 396-264 in total yardage. Bakken ended his day with 93 yards passing, one touchdown, and a pair of interceptions in the loss. Gray led the Bears offensively with 51 yards receiving and one touchdown, as well as a rushing touchdown.

Rocky will look to rebound next weekend when they host Montana State-Northern in their home opener at Herb Klindt Field at 1 p.m.

  • College SportsMore>>

  • Grizzly Sports Report, 9-25-17

    Monday, September 25 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:07:21 GMT
    Head Coach Bob Stitt and Running Back Elijah Lee join host Shaun Rainey on this weeks show to discuss the tough loss to Eastern Washington and moving on to face Portland State. Riley Corcoran has the call of the game featuring the hail mary to Justin Calhoun. Ben Wineman updates us on all the other fall sports at UM. 
    Head Coach Bob Stitt and Running Back Elijah Lee join host Shaun Rainey on this weeks show to discuss the tough loss to Eastern Washington and moving on to face Portland State. Riley Corcoran has the call of the game featuring the hail mary to Justin Calhoun. Ben Wineman updates us on all the other fall sports at UM. 
  • Crowd Surfing 9/24

    Crowd Surfing 9/24

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:50 AM EDT2017-09-25 04:50:10 GMT

    A cool down in Montana this past week before a warm up this week is the subject of this week's Crowd Surfing.

    A cool down in Montana this past week before a warm up this week is the subject of this week's Crowd Surfing.

  • Griz can't hold second half lead, lose to EWU 48-41

    Griz can't hold second half lead, lose to EWU 48-41

    Sunday, September 24 2017 1:05 AM EDT2017-09-24 05:05:05 GMT

    Things were looking great going into halftime for the Montana Grizzlies. Up 24-6 on the number 11th ranked Eastern Washington Eagles, the Griz were feeling good. 

    Things were looking great going into halftime for the Montana Grizzlies. Up 24-6 on the number 11th ranked Eastern Washington Eagles, the Griz were feeling good. 

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Grizzly Sports Report, 9-25-17

    Monday, September 25 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:07:21 GMT
    Head Coach Bob Stitt and Running Back Elijah Lee join host Shaun Rainey on this weeks show to discuss the tough loss to Eastern Washington and moving on to face Portland State. Riley Corcoran has the call of the game featuring the hail mary to Justin Calhoun. Ben Wineman updates us on all the other fall sports at UM. 
    Head Coach Bob Stitt and Running Back Elijah Lee join host Shaun Rainey on this weeks show to discuss the tough loss to Eastern Washington and moving on to face Portland State. Riley Corcoran has the call of the game featuring the hail mary to Justin Calhoun. Ben Wineman updates us on all the other fall sports at UM. 
  • Gubrud honored by Big Sky after record-breaking performance

    Gubrud honored by Big Sky after record-breaking performance

    Gubrud threw for shool-record 549 yards. Photo: EWU AthleticsGubrud threw for shool-record 549 yards. Photo: EWU Athletics

    A school-record 549-yard passing performance – both as a team and by Gubrud – helped EWU extend its Big Sky Conference winning streak to nine games last week.

    A school-record 549-yard passing performance – both as a team and by Gubrud – helped EWU extend its Big Sky Conference winning streak to nine games last week.

  • Crowd Surfing 9/24

    Crowd Surfing 9/24

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:50 AM EDT2017-09-25 04:50:10 GMT

    A cool down in Montana this past week before a warm up this week is the subject of this week's Crowd Surfing.

    A cool down in Montana this past week before a warm up this week is the subject of this week's Crowd Surfing.