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Big Sky: Weber State turns 5 turnovers into a 41-27 win over Montana

Weber State’s Kevin Smith (4) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Montana, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Ogden. Utah. (Matt Herp / Associated Press)
Weber State’s Kevin Smith (4) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Montana, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Ogden. Utah. (Matt Herp / Associated Press)
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Stefan Cantwell threw for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter, and the Weber State defense forced five turnovers in a 41-27 victory over Montana on Saturday in Ogden, Utah.

Cantell hit Tui Satuala for 3-yards and Drew Batchelor for 6 and then caught an 8-yard pass from tight end Andrew Vollert off a double reverse. The Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 Big Sky Conference) made it 31-0 in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Treshawn Garrett.

Montana (5-3, 3-2), which had a three-game winning streak snapped, closed within 34-20 on a pair of touchdown passes by Gresch Jensen but Jordan Preator returned his second interception 23 yards for a TD. Jensen, who was 21 of 42 for 347 yards and three interceptions, connected with Louie-McGee for a 38-yard touchdown before getting hurt. Jensen also ran for a touchdown in the first half.

Northern Arizona 37, Sacramento State 17: Case Cookus threw for 407 yards and a score and the Lumberjacks (6-2, 5-0 Big Sky) had two interception returns for touchdowns to defeat the Hornets (4-4, 3-2) in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Southern Utah 27, Northern Colorado 14: Patrick Tyler threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and the Thunderbirds defeated the Bears in Greeley, Colorado.

Tyler was 21-of-31 passing for 294 yards with an interception for the Thunderbirds (6-2, 4-1 Big Sky), who won their fourth straight. He ran 31 yards for the game’s first score and Jay Green rushed 2 yards for a 13-0 lead, both drives beginning after Bears (2-5, 1-4) fumbles.

Montana State 28, Idaho State 14: Chris Murray threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Mac Bignell had a pick-six, and the Bobcats defeated the Bengals, in Pocatello.

Montana State (4-4, 4-2 Big Sky) jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on Murray’s 1-yard TD toss to Mitchell Herbert on the opening drive and on Murray’s 28-yard scoring run. But the Bengals (4-5, 2-4) snapped back with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, including James Madison’s 4-yard run to cap a 96-yard drive, to tie it at halftime.

North Dakota 48, Portland State 21: John Santiago broke tackle after tackle after fielding a Portland State punt, returning it 64 yards for a touchdown to help lead the Fighting Hawks (3-6, 2-4 Big Sky) to their first road victory, defeating the Vikings (0-8, 0-5) in Portland.

UC Davis 31, Cal Poly 28: The Aggies (4-4, 2-3 Big Sky) rode a big first quarter by Jake Maier to take a 21-point lead then held on to defeat the Mustangs (0-8, 0-5) in Davis, California.

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