Dalton Sneed ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns and threw a go-ahead scoring pass to Matt Rensvold to lead Montana past Sacramento State 41-34 on Saturday in Missoula.
Sneed, a junior quarterback, found Rensvold on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to break a 31-31 tie with 10 minutes, 27 seconds left to play. This was after he had scoring runs covering 75, 12 and 38 yards. The Grizzlies (3-1, 3-0 Big Sky Conference) added a Tim Semenza field goal for a commanding 41-31 lead with 1:32 remaining.
The Grizzlies’ 200th win in Washington-Grizzly Stadium history came after Sacramento State (2-2, 1-2) bolted to a 28-17 lead behind three rushing touchdowns from Elijah Dotson.
Dotson had scoring runs of 59, 1 and 75 yards, the last erasing a 17-14 Montana lead at 7:17 of the second quarter. He finished with 234 yards on 30 carries. The Hornets’ lead grew to 28-17 when Jaelin Ratliff caught a Kevin Thomson pass, broke a tackle and sped 77 yards for the score.
Sneed answered for Montana, capping a 75-yard drive with his second scoring run with 24 seconds left in the first half.
Idaho State 25, North Dakota 21: Defensive back Christian McFarland picked off a Fighting Hawks’ pass late in the game, sealing a win for the Bengals in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
North Dakota, trailing by three, was threatening deep in Bengals territory with just more than a minute to play when McFarland intercepted Nate Ketteringham’s fourth-down pass.
Montana State 43, Portland State 23: Troy Anderson and Isaiah Ifanse for 311 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Bobcats ran over the Vikings in Portland.
Anderson amassed 211 yards on 22 carries, two for touchdowns, including a 66-yard run for a score at the end of the third quarter. He also found Kevin Kassis on a 53-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Northern Arizona 31, Southern Utah 23: Daniel Bridge-Gadd threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth and the Lumberjacks topped the Thunderbirds in Flagstaff, Arizona.
In his second start, the University of Washington transfer put the Lumberjacks (2-2) up 24-23 late in the third quarter when he connected with Brandon Porter for a 68-yard score.
Weber State 45, Northern Colorado 28: Josh Davis turned 30 carries into 218 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past the Bears in Ogden, Utah.
Keaton Mott had three touchdown passes and two interceptions for Northern Colorado (0-4).
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