POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Lex Hilliard ran for 142 yards and a
touchdown and the University of Montana blew a close game wide open
in the third quarter Saturday, defeating Idaho State 32-10.
Montana (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky) jumped out to a 12-0 first-quarter
lead, opening the scoring with a 37-yard Dan Carpenter field goal
on their first offensive possession.
Later in the quarter, the Grizzlies scored on a safety when
Brady Green blocked an Idaho State punt. ISU punter Dan Zeidman was
forced to recover the ball in his own end zone. Late in the
quarter, quarterback Cole Bergquist threw a 32-yard touchdown pass
to Jon Talmage.
Idaho State (3-3, 1-2 Big Sky) came back in the second quarter.
Josh Barnett capped a five-play, 78-yard drive with a two-yard
touchdown run. The drive was aided by two 15-yard penalties against
Jaret Johnson added a 32-yard field goal to cut Montana's lead
to 12-10 at the half.
The third quarter belonged to Montana, as the Grizzlies scored
touchdowns on a 69-yard run by Hilliard and a 48-yard pass play
from Bergquist to Talmage. Carpenter later added a 29-yard field
goal, as the Grizzlies wracked up 228 yards of offense in the
Carpenter hit a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the
final margin of victory.
Bergquist, a redshirt freshman making his first start, completed
16 of 26 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. His ISU
counterpart, Matt Hagler, completed 15 of 27 passes for 188 yards,
but threw two interceptions deep in Montana territory that ended
potential ISU scoring drives.