Despite crummy weather, fans packed Washington-Grizzly Stadium Saturday to watch the Griz win their 13th-straight homecoming football game, beating the Weber State Wildcats 24-19. Even with the second-largest homecoming crowd ever in attendance, it was a relatively mellow weekend for campus law enforcement, according to Capt. Jim Lemke of the UM Police.
“It was a pretty uneventful weekend. For that kind of crowd we did pretty well,” said Lemke.
There was a handful of noteworthy incidents, however. The first occurred when a crew setting up a tent outside the law school drove a stake into a natural gas line around 2:30 Friday afternoon.
“We evacuated the law school and two other administrative buildings,” said Lemke.
The gas was shut off and people were allowed to return to the buildings about 45 minutes later.
Also on Friday, campus police responded to a report of suspicious activity involving a “noxious odor” on the third floor of Aber Hall shortly before 10 p.m.
“Noxious odor is a dope call,” Lemke explained. No suspects were located.
A second noxious odor call around midnight Saturday turned out to be sage burning on the steps of Main Hall.
One intoxicated fan was ejected from the Griz game after an argument with a vendor. Campus cops also confiscated contraband from three fans in the stands, but there were no additional ejections.
Missoula City Police responded to the Sigma Chi house on the 1100 block of Gerald Avenue after receiving a report that the mailbox had blown up.
According to Lt. Rocky Harris of MPD, no explosives were involved.
“I looks like a can of beer blew up in [the mailbox],” Harris explained. “It appears that it was some kind of prank. We’re not sure how they triggered the explosion.”
Other than that, Harris said, it was a pretty typical homecoming weekend.
“It wasn’t an overly exciting weekend,” he said. “We had about 19 or 20 house parties that we got calls for, but there were no major busts.”