Scores

Final

Montana 19

(5-1, 1-1 Big Sky)

E Washington 3

(2-4, 1-2 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Roos Field, Cheney, WA

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 10 0 0 919
EWU 0 3 0 03

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bergquist (MONT) - 199 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Alexander (EWU) - 5 CAR, 83 YDS

Receiving: M. Mariani (MONT) - 5 REC, 118 YDS, 2 TD

Montana 19, E. Washington 3

Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. -- Cole Bergquist tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Marc Mariani and Montana made the most of two blocked punts in a 19-3 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Montana (5-1, 1-1 Big Sky Conference) grabbed a 7-0 lead on Bergquist's 39-yard strike to Mariani with 8:43 left in the first quarter, just one play after the Grizzlies' Severin Campbell got a hand on a punt attempt by Fritz Brayton of Eastern Washington (2-4, 1-2).

With a sweeping wind limiting each offense to just one field goal over the next two quarters, the Grizzlies went up 17-3 early in the fourth.

Andrew Schmidt broke through the line to block another Brayton punt and Erik Stoll recovered on the Eastern 8-yard line. On the ensuing play, Bergquist hit Mariani again -- his ninth TD reception of the season.

Montana went up 19-3 with 6:21 left in the game when Eastern Washington quarterback Matt Nichols was called for intentional grounding from his own end zone. Nichols, who entered the game averaging nearly 344 yards passing with 12 touchdown passes, was limited to 19-of-45 for 191 yards.

Bergquist finished 15-of-25 for 199 yards for Montana, which had no turnovers after giving up the ball nine times in its previous two games.

Mariani caught five passes for 118 yards for the Grizzlies, who have won three straight against the Eagles and five of the last six meetings between the teams.

Eastern Washington had a chance to strike first, marching the opening kickoff to the Montana 25. Running back Alexis Alexander raced 22 yards on a sweep before fumbling into the end zone, where it was recovered by the Grizzlies' Shann Schillinger.

Defensive end Greg Peach had four sacks for Eastern.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONT
EWU
1st Downs2317
Total Yards348315
Passing199191
Rushing149124
Penalties7-5213-103
3rd Down Conversions4-132-12
4th Down Conversions1-21-4
Turnovers01
Possession38:5221:08

Passing Leaders

MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bergquist15/251998.020
Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols19/451914.200

Rushing Leaders

MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Reynolds12635.3014
Schmidt12393.3010
Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander58316.6048
Morris7385.4024

Receiving Leaders

MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mariani511823.6261
Brooks-Fletcher33511.7020
Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown45814.5026
Boyce45614.0028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONTEWU
TD08:43Marc Mariani 39 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Brody Mcknight Kick) 70
FG02:39Brody Mcknight 26 Yd 100
SECOND QUARTERMONTEWU
FG14:08Felipe Macias 24 Yd 103
FOURTH QUARTERMONTEWU
TD09:59Marc Mariani 8 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Brody Mcknight Kick) 173
SF06:21Matt Nichols Tackled By Mike Stadnyk In End Zone 193