Montana State 28

(6-3, 4-1 Big Sky)

Sacramento St 38

(3-6, 2-4 Big Sky)

7:05 PM ET, November 6, 2004

Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
MTST 7 7 7 728
SAC 14 7 10 738

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lulay (MTST) - 516 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Mole (CP) - 35 CAR, 245 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Gatewood (MTST) - 12 REC, 162 YDS

Sacramento State 38, Montana State 28

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 yards.

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 Bobcats lead.

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.