Big Sky roundup: Late rally lifts Weber State Wildcats
Vai Tafuna’s 2-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds remaining lifted the Weber State Wildcats to a 27-26 victory over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Saturday in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Backup quarterback Mike Hoke was 11 of 15 for 168 yards and a touchdown to help the Wildcats rally from a 26-13 deficit in the fourth quarter. Hoke replaced starter Cameron Higgins, who set a Big Sky record with his 97th career TD pass on the first play from scrimmage but left in the third quarter with an injury.
Michael Herrick was 24-of-45 passing for 310 yards with a TD and two interceptions for NAU.
Hoke threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Collins in the fourth quarter. Collins, who had eight receptions for 191 yards, also caught Higgins’ record-breaking TD toss, a 64-yarder.
Higgins had been tied with Matt Nicholls of Eastern Washington and Dave Dickenson of Montana.
Sacramento State 45, Idaho State 17: Jeff Fleming threw for 207 yards and three TDs in the first half to lead the Hornets to a victory over the Bengals in Pocatello, Idaho.
Fleming, who was replaced in the third quarter with the game in control, completed 15 of 19 passes for the Hornets and Chase Deadder caught six passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Russel Hill was 15 of 32 for 224 yards and two touchdowns for ISU.
Northern Colorado 35, Portland State 30: Andre Harris ran 57 yards for the game-winning TD to lift the Bears over the Vikings in Hillsboro, Ore.
The run capped off a second-half rally by the Bears, who were down 27-15 at halftime.
Montana 27, North Dakota 17: Chase Reynolds ran for 173 yards and three TDs to spark the Grizzlies to a victory over the Fighting Sioux (3-7) in Missoula.
Reynolds’ 2-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter was the 51st of his career, breaking the all-time Montana career rushing TD record previously held by Lex Hilliard.