Montana Tech 37, Montana St.-Northern 16

Updated: October 26, 2003, 12:11 AM ET

HAVRE -- Freshman quarterback Justin Kegel rushed for two touchdowns and passed for a third Saturday to lead Montana Tech to a 37-16 victory over Montana State-Northern at Blue Pony Stadium.

Kegel, who a year ago was on the same field quarterbacking Havre High, broke open a 21-15 game in the third quarter with a 39-yard touchdown run.

On Tech's ensuing possession, he connected with Conor Hogan on a 7-yard TD pass to give the Orediggers (2-6 overall, 2-3 Frontier) a 34-17 lead.

Northern (1-7, 1-5) led just once, grabbing a 3-0 lead on a 28-yard field goal by Chris Nagel.

Tech then reeled off 21 unanswered points in just over three minutes in the second quarter to regain the lead.

Northern rallied late in the second quarter as Tanner Cochrell culminated a 12 play, 80-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown scamper. The Lights added another score just before halftime as quarterback Neill Crandell found Clint Herrera from 9 yards out to cut the lead to 21-15.

Josh Johnson rushed 32 times for 205 yards and a Tech touchdown. Kegel completed 11 of 20 passes for 110 yards and rushed for 51 yards on seven carries.

Cochrell led Northern with 88 yards rushing on 21 carries. Crandell completed 11 of 30 passes for 129 yards while Kris Marshall caught six passes for 87 yards.

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