Scores

Final

Montana 29

(9-1, 5-1 Big Sky)

Portland State 12

(3-6, 2-4 Big Sky)

4:05 PM ET, November 8, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 9 0 14 629
PRST 2 3 7 012

Top Performers

Passing: D. Hubel (PRST) - 172 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: C. Reynolds (MONT) - 35 CAR, 160 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: R. Fry (PRST) - 3 REC, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Montana 29, Portland St. 12

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Chase Reynolds rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 5 Montana to a 29-12 victory over Portland State in Big Sky Conference action on Saturday.

The Grizzlies (9-1, 5-1 Big Sky) now must beat Idaho State next Saturday and Montana State the following week to ensure another trip to the national playoffs.

Portland State (3-6, 2-4) managed to stay close for nearly three quarters, but the visiting Grizzlies proved to be more than the Vikings could handle down the stretch.

Portland State closed Montana's lead to 16-12 when Raymond Fry caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Drew Hubel midway through the third period.

On its next possession, Montana appeared ready to settle for a field goal.

Instead, the Grizzlies pitched the ball back to kicker Brody McKnight and he rambled 13 yards around left end for a first down. Four plays later, on another fourth-down play, Reynolds broke a run up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown and a 23-12 lead for Montana.

Portland State seemed to be on the verge of getting that touchdown back, but Montana regained possession when linebacker Brandon Fisher intercepted Hubel's pass near the goal line.

The Grizzlies couldn't take advantage, and were forced to punt the ball away. It hardly mattered, as Hubel was intercepted by Fisher again on the next play.

Two minutes later, Montana was on the board again when Reynolds bolted up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown, which pushed the Grizzlies' lead to 29-12 with 3:51 left to play.

Portland State still had one more chance and moved the ball effectively behind third-string quarterback Jimmy Collins. But the Vikings wound up turning the ball over on downs after advancing inside the Grizzlies' 10.

Throwing mostly short passes, Bergquist finished the day 16 of 23 for 118 yards. He also ran 16 times for 91 yards. Hubel led Portland State with 9 of 21 passing for 172 yards, but he also threw three interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONT
PRST
1st Downs2412
Total Yards427210
Passing118195
Rushing30915
Penalties10-1204-35
3rd Down Conversions7-192-9
4th Down Conversions4-40-1
Turnovers04
Possession43:2116:39

Passing Leaders

MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bergquist16/231185.100
Portland StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hubel9/211728.213

Rushing Leaders

MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Reynolds351604.6320
Bergquist16915.7135
Portland StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
McClintock5265.2013
Collins3144.7016

Receiving Leaders

MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mariani5387.6014
Ferriter3299.7014
Portland StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fry36923.0138
Woods45714.3020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONTPRST
FG08:23Brody McKnight 36 Yd 30
TD01:39Cole Bergquist 21 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 90
DC01:39Andrew Schantz 0 Yd Off A Blocked Extra Point 92
SECOND QUARTERMONTPRST
FG12:26Danny Urrego 30 Yd 95
THIRD QUARTERMONTPRST
TD08:18Chase Reynolds 18 Yd Run (Brody Mcknight Kick) 165
TD07:02Raymond Fry 38 Yd Pass From Drew Hubel (Danny Urrego Kick) 1612
TD00:31Chase Reynolds 11 Yd Run (Brody Mcknight Kick) 2312
FOURTH QUARTERMONTPRST
TD03:51Chase Reynolds 20 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 2912