BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- For the third weekend in a row, the
Montana State football team rallied for a Big Sky Conference
This weekend, Justin Domineck was the hero. He rushed for 75
yards and three touchdowns, including a 17-yard scoring run in
overtime, to lift the Bobcats to a 31-24 victory over Portland
State Saturday afternoon.
"I've got to give credit to my receivers and fortunately I was
able to fight off the inside linebacker," Domineck said.
Portland State (3-3, 1-2 Big Sky) didn't move the football in
its overtime possession.
Domineck sent the game into overtime on a 1-yard dive with no
time left in regulation, as the Bobcats (4-2, 3-0) rallied from a
14-3 halftime deficit.
"I have never jumped like that over the pile in my whole
career," Domineck said.
Domineck's dive capped an 82-yard drive that started with 1:55
remaining and MSU trailing 24-17. The Bobcats converted three
fourth down plays.
"I think this was the pageantry, the inspiration, the absolute
fury of college football, and then it had to end in overtime,"
said MSU coach Mike Kramer.
EJ Cochrane, who kicked a 44-yard field goal to cap MSU's 20-17
rally over Weber State a week ago, missed two field goals Saturday,
but kicked the extra point that tied the score at the end of
regulation and the PAT in overtime.
The rally seemed in doubt just before the half, when quarterback
Travis Lulay took a tough hit and was slow getting up.
The medical staff spent most of halftime determining that Lulay
didn't have a concussion and was, in fact, able to continue.
"I think he was a little shaky," Kramer said. "After the
first series, he was like 'Alright, let's go.' Of course, we went
three-and-out, which added to the drama."
The next possession, Lulay marched his team 70 yards for its
first touchdown of the game -- a 3-yard run by Domineck -- to cut
Portland State's lead to 14-10.
"I was a little more hesitant to run," Lulay said with a
Instead, he finished with a career-high 375 yards passing.
Eddie Sullivan caught seven passes for 140 yards to lead MSU.
Four of those passes were in the Bobcats' final drive of
"Fortunately it was open and we just kept running it and me and
Travis were able to hook up," Sullivan said.
Portland State quarterback Joe Wiser passed for 262 yards and
three touchdowns. He hit Adam Whitehead on a 7-yard pass and Shaun
Bodiford on a 42-yard pass as PSU took a 14-0 lead midway through
the first quarter.
The Bobcats answered with a 22-yard field goal by EJ Cochrane
with 3:38 left in the quarter.
"We have a never-say-die attitude," Domineck said. "We never
believe we're out of any game. We were down 14-0 last week at
halftime and down 14-3 this week."
PSU took a 21-10 lead on a 27-yard TD pass from Wiser to Ryan
Brown with 2:15 left in the third.
Lulay got the Bobcats to 21-17 on a 42-yard pass play to Rick
Gatewood, who finished with 104 yards receiving.
PSU went up 24-17 on a 43-yard field goal by Eric Azorr, which
was kicked after the play clock expired.
The two teams exchanged fumbles at Montana State's 45-yard line,
and each team had a possession before the Bobcats' final drive.
"It's why sports is so much better than Hollywood," Kramer
said. "'Cause in Hollywood, they write the script to be good in
the end. Here, one team had to lose."
Viking defensive lineman Kevin Keanaaina didn't have many words
to describe his feelings about the loss.
"(It feels) like we're supposed to when we lose," he said,
adding that the Vikings didn't execute well.
PSU running back Ryan Fuqua rushed 34 times for 108 yards, but
was held out of the end zone.
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