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Big Sky roundup: Freshman quarterback Tucker Rovig leads Montana State over Wagner

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

The Montana State Bobcats moved to 2-1 with Saturday’s win over Wagner. (Rachel Leathe / AP)
The Montana State Bobcats moved to 2-1 with Saturday’s win over Wagner. (Rachel Leathe / AP)
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Freshman quarterback Tucker Rovig threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns to lead Montana State to 47-24 win over Wagner on Saturday.

MSU (2-1) weathered a game-opening 98-yard kickoff return by Denzel Knight, who also had a 48-yard return later in the first quarter. Wagner (1-2) scored after both returns, but the Bobcats scored 30 first-half points to keep the Seahawks at bay.

Rovig hit Kevin Kassis for two scores and true freshman Isaiah Ifanse for another. Ifanse finished with 146 yards rushing, including a 73-yard touchdown, and 72 yards receiving. Kassis had nine catches for 126 yards. Ryan Fulse paced the Seahawks with 181 yards rushing on 25 carries with two touchdowns. He also had a team-best 70 yards receiving on five catches.

Missouri State 40, Northern Arizona 8: Jason Randall rushed for a career-high 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Bears survived a turnover-plagued game against the Lumberjacks in Springfield, Missouri.

Randall, who had 20 carries, scored on a 47-yard burst up the middle on the third play of the game. The Bears (2-1) scored in every quarter, led 23-6 by the half and piled up 297 yards on the ground. Peyton Huslig threw for 144 yards and a score. He completed 11 of 28 passes and was intercepted four times.

NAU (1-2) nearly matched Missouri State in total yards – 431 to 441 – but the Lumberjacks turned the ball over six times and were whistled for 101 yards in penalties. Daniel Bridge-Gadd was 25-of-42 passing for 257 yards and a touchdown, but he threw three interceptions.

Sacramento State 28, Northern Colorado 25: Andre Lindsey took a reverse and cruised around the left side and into the end zone to take the lead as the Hornets rallied to beat the Bears in a nonconference game between conference foes in Greeley, Colorado.

Sacramento State (2-1) had never led until Lindsey raced in from the 39 for a 21-17 advantage with 6:23 remaining in the game.

The Bears were driving on the next series when Leonard Hazewood IV sacked Keaton Mott, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Elijah Chambers. That resulted in Elijah Dotson’s 3-yard touchdown plunge five plays later.

Northern Colorado (0-3) quickly responded, with Mott hitting Noah Sol with an 8-yard TD pass.

Western Illinois 31, Montana 27: Sean McGuire threw for three touchdowns and Eric Carrera’s late interception preserved the lead as the Leathernecks edged the Grizzlies in Macomb, Illinois.

The Leathernecks (1-2) were trailing 27-17 late in the fourth quarter when Steve McShane took a punt return 58 yards for a score, cutting it to 27-24. Zach Muniz recovered a Montana fumble on the next exchange, setting up an 11-yard scoring pass from McGuire to McShane six plays later, giving Western Illinois a 31-27 lead with 2:39 to play. Carrera’s interception of Dalton Sneed ended Montana’s final drive.

McGuire finished with 360 yards. John Brunner had 180 yards receiving. Sneed threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns for the Grizzles (2-1).

Portland State 63, College of Idaho 14: Davis Alexander passed for three touchdowns, ran for another and the Vikings ended a 15-game losing streak, pounding the NAIA Coyotes in Portland.

The losing skid stretched back to the 2016 season.

The Vikings (1-2) scored twice in four seconds to close a 28-point first quarter. Carlos Marlin ran in from the 6 with 42 seconds left in the period. Anthony Adams jumped on a College of Idaho (0-4) fumble in the end zone four ticks later.

Weber State 27, South Dakota 10: Jake Constantine threw a touchdown pass, Josh Davis ran for 105 yards and the Wildcats used stout defense to top the Coyotes in Ogden, Utah.

Trey Tuttle, who made four field goals, nailed a 42-yarder to put Weber State (2-1) on the board with 5:12 left in the first quarter. Three minutes later the Wildcats’ Parker Preator sacked Austin Simmons, whose fumble was scooped up by Landon Stice and returned 28 yards for a touchdown.

Mason Lorber put South Dakota (1-2) on the scoreboard with a 26-yard field goal to start the second quarter. Then, with 4:15 left before halftime, Constantine threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Darryl Denby for an 18-3 lead.

Cal Poly 44, Brown 15: Joe Protheroe had 43 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Mustangs (1-2) top the Bears (0-1) on Friday night.

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