DeNarius McGhee ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third Saturday as Montana State overcame four turnovers and rode a missed extra point with 7 seconds remaining to a 26-25 victory over New Hampshire at Bozeman in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
MSU (10-2) seemed to have the game put away when Darius Jones intercepted a Mark Becker pass at the Bobcats’ 3-yard line with 1:16 to play and the Bobcats leading 26-19.
But a shanked punt gave the Wildcats (8-4) the ball back with 17 seconds left, and Becker hit Justin Mello on a 29-yard scoring pass with 7 seconds to play. Mike MacArthur hit the right upright with his extra-point attempt, sending Montana State into the quarterfinals against Sam Houston State, which defeated Stony Brook 34-27 on Saturday.
Montana 41, Central Arkansas 14: Turnovers helped Central Arkansas win nine games this season, but they cost the Bears dearly in a loss to the fifth-ranked Grizzlies in the second round of the playoffs at Missoula.
The Grizzlies (10-2) held Central Arkansas to 25 yards rushing, turned three first-quarter turnovers into 17 points and pulled away to a 38-0 lead before the Bears scored late.
The Grizzlies won their eighth straight game after a 2-2 start.
“It’s a beautiful thing to be hitting on all cylinders right now,” said Montana receiver Jabin Sambrano, who caught two first-half touchdown passes from Jordan Johnson.
Jordan Canada ran for two scores for UM, which led 31-0 by halftime.
Montana will host Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals.
Football Championship Subdivision
Ga. Southern 55, Old Dominion 48
Montana 41, Central Arkansas 14
Maine 34, Appalachian State 12
Sam Houston St. 34, Stony Brook 27
Montana St. 26, New Hampshire 25
Lehigh 40, Towson 38
N. Dakota St. 26, James Madison 14
Northern Iowa 28, Wofford 21
Quarterfinals, Friday and Saturday
• Sam Houston St. (12-0)
vs. Montana St. (10-2)
• Northern Iowa (10-2)
vs. Montana (10-2)
• Georgia Southern (10-2)
vs. Maine (9-3)
• Lehigh (11-1)
vs. North Dakota State (11-1)
Chance Demarais rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown as the Carroll Fighting Saints (13-1) defeated the Georgetown (Ky.) Tigers (12-1) 35-3 in an NAIA semifinal at Helena.
Dane Broadhead completed 14 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a TD for Carroll, which has won eight of its last nine NAIA semifinals.
St. Xavier (Ill.) 30, Marian (Ind.) 27
Carroll 35, Georgetown (Ky.) 3
Championship, Dec. 17
At Barron Stadium, Rome, Ga.
St. Xavier (Ill.) (13-1) vs. Carroll (13-1)
Mount Union 20, Wabash 8
Wis.-Whitewater 34, Salisbury 14
St. Thomas 45, St. John Fisher 10
Wesley 27, Mary Hardin-Baylor 24
Semifinals, Dec. 10
• Wis.-Whitewater (13-0)
vs. St. Thomas (Minn.) (13-0)
• Mount Union (13-0)
vs. Wesley (12-1)
Winston-Salem 27, New Haven 7
Wayne State 31, Minnesota-Duluth 25
Delta State 28, North Greenville 23
Pittsburg St. 41, NW Missouri State 16
Semifinals, Dec. 10
• Delta State (11-2)
vs. Pittsburg State (11-1)
• Winston-Salem (13-0) vs. Wayne State(13-1)
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