VERMILLION, S.D. -- Dalton Sneed threw for a career-high 430 yards and had three passing touchdowns and another rushing to lead 25th-ranked Montana to a 31-17 win over South Dakota in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.
Sneed was 37 of 52 with two interceptions for the Big Sky squad. His 16-yard pass to Samori Toure put the Grizzlies up 7-3 and he followed with a 2-yard run to help build a 17-10 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Sneed connected with Samuel Akem for a 43-yard score and Marcus Knight from 6 yards out.
Akem and Toure both had nine receptions, Akem for 158 yards and Toure for 142. Jerry Louie-McGee had eight catches to push his career total to 185 and is now seven shy of matching the school record.
South Dakota had won 16 straight home openers.
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