Scores

Final

Portland State 31

(2-3, 1-1 Big Sky)

Montana State 44

(5-1, 3-0 Big Sky)

3:35 PM ET, October 9, 2010

Bobcat Stadium (MT), Bozeman, MT

1 2 3 4 T
PRST 18 0 0 1331
MTST 3 20 14 744

Top Performers

Passing: D. McGhee (MTST) - 206 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. McCaffrey (PRST) - 20 CAR, 153 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Thomas (PRST) - 9 REC, 159 YDS, 1 TD

Montana St. 44, Portland St. 31

Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Denarius McGhee overcame a sluggish start to throw for three touchdowns and run for another as Montana State beat Portland State 44-31 on Saturday.

McGhee, who misfired on six of his first eight passes as the Bobcats (5-1, 3-0 Big Sky) fell behind 18-3 in the first quarter, threw scoring strikes of 40 yards to Everett Gilbert and 16 yards to C.J. Palmer in the second period. McGhee rushed for a 4-yard TD to put the Bobcats ahead to stay, 23-18, with 48 seconds before halftime.

Portland State (2-3, 1-1) compiled 240 yards of offense in the first quarter but was held to 216 yards the rest of the way. Connor Kavanaugh was 16 for 27 for 208 yards and a touchdown passing, and Cory McCaffrey rushed for 153 yards and two scores.

McGhee completed 15 for 27 passes for 206 yards and had 71 yards rushing on 11 carries for Montana State, which had 532 yards of offense.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PRST
MTST
1st Downs1925
Total Yards456532
Passing208206
Rushing248326
Penalties7-3911-104
3rd Down Conversions5-137-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers20
Possession26:5733:03

Passing Leaders

Portland StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kavanaugh16/272087.710
Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGhee15/272067.630

Rushing Leaders

Portland StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCaffrey201537.7236
Kavanaugh12705.8175
Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis141359.6039
McGhee11716.5128

Receiving Leaders

Portland StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas915917.7155
Anderson4194.807
Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gilbert512424.8140
Akpla55210.4118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPRSTMTST
FG09:58Zach Brown 31 Yd 30
TD07:07Julius Thomas 55 Yd Pass From Connor Kavanaugh (Tygue Howland Pass To Julius Thomas For Two-Point Conversion) 110
FG01:41Jason Cunningham 52 Yd 113
TD00:24Connor Kavanaugh 75 Yd Run (Zach Brown Kick) 183
SECOND QUARTERPRSTMTST
TD11:27Everett Gilbert 40 Yd Pass From Denarius McGhee (Pat Failed) 189
TD04:17C.J. Palmer 16 Yd Pass From Denarius McGhee (Jason Cunningham Kick) 1816
TD00:48Denarius McGhee 4 Yd Run (Jason Cunningham Kick) 1823
THIRD QUARTERPRSTMTST
TD12:11Elvis Akpla 18 Yd Pass From Denarius McGhee (Jason Cunningham Kick) 1830
TD00:36Orenzo Davis 39 Yd Run (Jason Cunningham Kick) 1837
FOURTH QUARTERPRSTMTST
TD09:36C.J. Palmer 5 Yd Run (Jason Cunningham Kick) 1844
TD06:11Cory McCaffrey 10 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2444
TD03:02Cory McCaffrey 4 Yd Run (Zach Brown Kick) 3144