Nov. 28, 2009
Montana 61, South Dakota State 48 First round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in Missoula, Montana
Mariani: 12 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns, 98-yard kickoff return touchdown.
“It was my senior year at Montana against South Dakota State and we were down 48-21. At that point my senior year, I wasn’t returning kicks anymore; I was just playing receiver. It was the first round of the playoffs. I returned a kick for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter and scored a couple more touchdowns in the fourth quarter and we came storming back and won, 61-48, I think it was. And that South Dakota State team ended up having some drafted guys on it and I think some guys who stuck in the NFL. That was one that comes to mind of the top of my head. It was a good day. My senior year, I couldn’t go out like that, But we ended up losing in the national championship. I’ve got a lot of silver lying around. We never won the big one.”