Scores

Final

Montana 41

(11-0, 8-0 Big Sky)

Montana State 20

(6-5, 4-4 Big Sky)

2:30 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Bobcat Stadium (MT), Bozeman, MT

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 6 7 7 2141
MTST 7 7 0 620

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bergquist (MONT) - 274 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Hilliard (MONT) - 32 CAR, 181 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: E. Allen (MONT) - 5 REC, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Montana 41, Montana St. 20

Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Lex Hilliard rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns Saturday and Montana capped an unbeaten season with a 41-20 victory over rival Montana State.

Cole Bergquist passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns to Eric Allen while Dan Carpenter kicked two field goals and set an FCS scoring record for kickers in the win.

No. 3 Montana (11-0, 8-0 Big Sky) earned the league's automatic bid in the FCS playoffs and will learn its first-round opponent on Sunday.

Demetrius Crawford rushed for 112 yards and two first-half touchdowns for Montana State (6-5, 4-4), the second one giving the Bobcats a 14-6 lead with 2:42 left in the half.

Hilliard's first score, a 2-yard run, pulled Montana to 14-13 with 42 seconds left in the half and gave him the school record for career touchdowns.

Colt Anderson intercepted MSU on its first play from scrimmage in the second half. Five plays later Bergquist hit Allen on a 31-yard scoring strike less than three minutes into the half.

The two connected on a 23-yard pass with 13:45 remaining to give the Grizzlies a 27-14 lead. Allen had 89 yards receiving.

The Bobcats pulled to 27-20 on a 1-yard dive by Isaiah Taito with 9:24 remaining, but Craig Mettler blocked the extra point.

The Grizzlies' next drive lasted six minutes and ended with a 2-yard TD run by Hilliard that extended Montana's lead to 34-20 with 3:38 remaining.

Loren Utterback intercepted MSU quarterback Jack Rolovich on the first play of the next possession and Hilliard broke loose for a 31-yard scoring run with 2:35 remaining.

Rolovich completed 15 of 27 passes for 240 yards.

Carpenter hit field goals of 51 and 42 yards in the first quarter, tying Marty Zendejas of Nevada with 72 in his career. With his five extra points, Carpenter has 403 career points, breaking the FCS career scoring record for kickers set by Montana kicker Chris Snyder from 2000-2003.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONT
MTST
1st Downs2711
Total Yards496356
Passing274240
Rushing222116
Penalties6-595-58
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers02
Possession36:2023:40

Passing Leaders

MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bergquist22/332748.320
Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rolovich15/272408.902

Rushing Leaders

MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hilliard321815.730
Bergquist10242.400
Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Crawford201125.620
Taito551.010

Receiving Leaders

MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen58917.820
Ferriter57314.600
Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Toliver27035.000
Green26532.500

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONTMTST
FG10:20Dan Carpenter 51 Yd 30
FG06:21Dan Carpenter 42 Yd 60
TD02:52Demetrius Crawford 5 Yd Run (Eric Fisher Kick) 67
SECOND QUARTERMONTMTST
TD02:42Demetrius Crawford 1 Yd Run (Eric Fisher Kick) 614
TD00:42Lex Hilliard 2 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 1314
THIRD QUARTERMONTMTST
TD12:08Eric Allen 29 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Dan Carpenter Kick) 2014
FOURTH QUARTERMONTMTST
TD13:45Eric Allen 23 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Dan Carpenter Kick) 2714
TD09:24Isaiah Taito 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 2720
TD03:38Lex Hilliard 2 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 3420
TD02:35Lex Hilliard 31 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 4120