PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Joe Wiser passed for two touchdowns and
ran for another to lead Portland State to a 35-32 upset win over
Montana on Saturday.
Ryan Fuqua added a late touchdown to give the Vikings (4-4, 2-3
Big Sky Conference) a needed insurance score with 4:23 left.
Trailing 35-24, the Grizzlies needed less than two minutes to
close to within a field goal. Quarterback Craig Ochs capped a
scoring drive with a 6-yard run and connected with Jon Talmage for
the two-point conversion.
But the Vikings picked up two first downs and ran out the clock.
Montana (6-2, 3-1) entered the game ranked No. 4 in Division
I-AA, but it didn't look like a top team in the early going. The
Grizzlies fumbled twice and punter Tyson Johnson booted two balls
for a combined eight yards.
Despite the breaks, Portland State could only manage a 21-14
The Grizzlies marched into Vikings territory on their first
possession of the second half, but had to settle for Dan
Carpenter's 41-yard field goal.
Wiser's 17-yard naked bootleg made it 28-17, but the Grizzlies
answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ochs to Talmage.
Ochs threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted
Joe Rubin led the Vikings with 76 yards rushing and Fuqua added
73 yards on 12 carries. Wiser was 17 for 26 for 195 yards.