SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Freshman Ryan Mole ran for a career-high 245
yards, including touchdowns of 87 and 50 yards, as host Sacramento
State surprised Montana State 38-28 Saturday night.
The defeat snapped a five-game win streak for the Bobcats (6-3,
4-1), who entered the game ranked 17th in the country in Division
I-AA and were in sole possession of first place in the Big Sky
Conference. The Hornets (3-6, 2-4) ended a two-game losing skid.
Mole ran for all but 36 of his yards in the second half. His
effort helped offset the four rushing touchdown performance by
Montana State quarterback Travis Lulay, who also completed 38 of 61
passes for a school-record 516 yards. But Lulay was intercepted
twice and failed to throw for a touchdown.
Sacramento State wide receiver Fred Amey caught first-half
touchdowns of 19 and 25 yards from Ryan Leadingham and finished
with eight catches for 165 yards. Leadingham was 15-of-31 for 260
Montana State opened the scoring in a hurry, traveling 80 yards
in the game's first 48 seconds for a touchdown. A 60-yard pass from
Lulay to Eddie Sullivan got things started, and two plays later
Lulay finished it by scrambling 7 yards for a score and a 7-0
The remainder of the game, however, belonged to the Hornets.
Sacramento State responded with a nine-play, 86-yard drive that
consumed 4½ minutes. Amey's 19-yard scoring reception with 9:39
left in the quarter capped the series, and was one of four catches
for 75 yards he had on the drive. He finished the half with 100
yards on five catches.
The Hornets took a 14-7 lead three minutes later when defensive
lineman Traison Lewis returned a fumble 4 yards for a touchdown.
The Bobcats' miscue occurred when Lulay, in shotgun formation from
his 23, attempted to call time out, only to have the ball snapped
over his head. Lewis, who earlier intercepted a Lulay screen pass,
scooped up the fumble and ran it in.