If you ever get a chance to ask Andrew the whole story, you might want to carve out a considerable amount of time.

Yes, it's quite the lengthy, romantic tale to tell. And while we will try to capsulize it, any version of the story needs to start with a brick.

The path begins at the the Centennial Circle on the beautiful University of Montana campus near the famed grizzly bear statue. You will find it lined with engraved bricks, with short messages or simply the names of donors who have purchased them. UM graduate Andrew Pitsch is one such donor, but our friends at UM News Service tell us that the motive behind his message is much more unique than most.

Andrew wanted to come up with a creative way to propose to his girlfriend, Lindsey Trenary, romantically melding his love for her and for Griz football. At the Homecoming game this past Saturday, his strategy was to lure Lindsey to the grizzly bear statue two hours before kickoff, and point to a Centennial Circle brick that reads, "LINDSEY TRENARY WILL YOU MARRY ME." He would drop to one knee, repeat the question and present the ring. A photographer friend of his would be there to capture the moment.

That was the plan.

Homecoming parade and football traffic unraveled the process considerably. Andrew finally found a place to park and walked Lindsey and her 11-year-old son, Landon, slowly toward the brick. Landon was actually the ploy, as Andrew told Lindsey that he wanted to tell Landon at the grizzly bear statue that he agreed to legally adopt him. That's why they were at the game early and walking slowly toward the statue. Slowly.

His photographer friend notified him that he was running even later.

Walk even more slowly toward the brick with his already suspicious sweetheart.

Eventually, it all came together. Andrew actually acquired two bricks, side by side, on Centennial Circle. The one next to "LINDSEY TRENARY WILL YOU MARRY ME"  will soon read, "SHE SAID YES."

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