Montana upset four-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State 38-35 in a nonconference football game Saturday afternoon at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in front of a stadium-record crowd of 26,472. Brady Gustafson completed 30 of 55 pass attempts for 434 yards and Joey Counts scored the winning touchdown with two seconds to play as No. 12 Montana defeated No. 1 North Dakota State 38-35. Watch the game-winning drive on ESPN.
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The research enterprise at UM received nearly $83 million in research awards during fiscal year 2015 – an all-time record for the institution. The total of $82,964,694 surpassed the previous awards record of $71 million set in 2009. “This new record shows how much our external sponsors value the contributions made by our research community,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. Read more about the record-breaking research at UM.
The University of Montana again made the annual list of top four-year colleges and universities in North America by the Princeton Review. “The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition” was released Aug. 4. The rankings are based on surveys of 136,000 students nationwide. The 80-question survey asked students about academics, administration, campus life and the student body. Read the Princeton Review’s write-up on UM.
Tropical songbirds produce fewer, high-quality nestlings per breeding effort than do songbirds that breed in temperate zones, according to a study by UM Professor Tom Martin published Aug. 27 in the journal Science. Martin’s study reports that tropical songbirds’ nestlings grow longer wings, and faster, which means they spend less time in the nest where they are vulnerable to predators. The Guardian reports on Martin’s findings.
New UM head football coach Bob Stitt dreamed of coming to a place where football ruled. Where the team – his team – crept in on every conversation over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Where the games mattered on more than just on Saturdays. Well, welcome to Missoula, Coach Stitt. As he prepares to coach his first home game, Stitt sat down with the Missoulian to discuss the role football has played in his life. Read more in the Missoulian.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities recently placed the University of Montana among the top 500 universities in the world. UM has made the list every year of the study, which began in 2003. The ARWU, which states it is “based on transparent methodology and third-party data,” is completed by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Read the more about UM’s ranking here.