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Johnson, Montana beat Appalachian State 30-6

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Johnson, Montana beat Appalachian State 30-6

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Montana wide receiver Chase Naccarato (5) catches a touchdown pass as Appalachian State defensive back …

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Jordan Johnson completed his first 12 passes of the game and threw for two touchdowns as Montana and a stifling defense downed Appalachian State, 30-6, in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.

Johnson, seeing his first action after missing all of last season while dealing with legal issues, completed 19-of-23 passes for 251 yards in front of a record crowd of 26,293 in the first regular season night game ever played at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Travon Van, a transfer from Marshall, also looked good in his Grizzly debut, carrying the ball 20 times for 118 yards and a touchdown and Jordan Canada ran 25 times for 112 yards and a touchdown as the Grizzlies rushed for 246 yards in the game.

Montana's defense thwarted the Mountaineers all night, holding them to a pair of Drew Stewart field goals.

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