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The Bulldogs fell 16-7 to Montana Tech in a defense-dominated Frontier Conference football game on wintery afternoon. By Wally Feldt In a defense dominated Frontier Conference football game, the University of Montana Western Bulldogs lost to the Montana Tech Orediggers 16-7 a cold and wintery afternoon from Butte, Mont. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 2-4 overall and in league play while Tech improves to 4-2 in the Frontier and 4-3 overall. The Orediggers scored first on a 35-yard field goal after recovering a Bulldog fumble on a punt return. The Bulldog were forced to punt on their next possession. Tech took over on their own three yard line. The UMW defense forced an Oredigger punt which the Bulldogs blocked. The blocked punt was recovered in the end zone by Charlie Dotson for a Montana Western touchdown. The neither team could mount any kind of offensive series over the next ten minutes. With nearly six minutes remaining in the first half, Tech put together their first sustained drive of the half and looked to be heading for a go-ahead touchdown. The Bulldogs’ Scott Keiter Charles ended the dive with an interception at the two-yard line. The defensive battle continued in the third quarter with neither team able to move offensively. The Orediggers ended a possible UMW scoring drive with an interception on the two yard line. With a just 40 seconds left in the third, Montana Tech took the lead on a pass from Matt Komac to Jareth Wilson to cap an eight play, 84 yard drive. The extra point try was missed and the Orediggers led 9-7. The Bulldogs next possession ended with a punt. Tech then mounted a 10-play, 84 yard drive ending with a Komac to Kyle Lewis 12-yard touchdown pass. The extra point try was good and the Orediggers led 16-7. Two drives later, the Bulldogs drove to the Oredigger 17-yard line but the drive ended on a missed field goal with 1:17 remaining in the game. Next weekend, the Bulldogs travel to La Grande, Oregon for a rematch with Eastern Oregon while Montana Tech travels to Helena, Mont. to face Carroll College.