Montana 31

(8-2, 5-1 Big Sky)

Sacramento St 14

(2-9, 1-6 Big Sky)

7:05 PM ET, November 12, 2005

Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 14 3 0 1431
SAC 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: B. Tredway (SAC) - 83 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Hilliard (MONT) - 20 CAR, 155 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Fleurinord (SAC) - 2 REC, 14 YDS, 1 TD

Montana 31, Sacramento State 14

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Running back Lex Hilliard carried 20 times for 155 yards and one touchdown as third-ranked Montana beat Sacramento State 31-14 Saturday.

Defensive end Lance Spencer returned a 1-yard interception for a score for Montana (8-2, 5-1 Big Sky Conference), who are 11-0 all-time against the Hornets.

Spencer intercepted a pass by Crosby Wehr and returned it for a 1-yard TD to open up the scoring for the Grizzlies in the first quarter. After Wehr's miscue, Brad Tredway replaced the senior on the next possession for Sacramento State (2-9, 1-5).

The Hornets offense moved smoothly under Tredway's lead as running back Kris Daniels scored on a 5-yard run with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.

Before time expired in the first period, Hillard ran three times for 48 yards topped off with an 11-yard TD run to help Montana regain the lead. The Grizzlies extended their margin when Dan Carpenters 31-yard field goal with two seconds left in the second quarter gave Montana a 17-7 halftime lead.

Running back J.R. Waller scored on a 2-yard run with 7:40 left in the fourth for the Montana.

After Sacramento State running back James Cummings ran 66 yards to the Grizzlies 2, Tredway found McRuben Fleurinord for a 1-yard TD pass three plays later.

Cornerback Jimmy Wilson scored after a 37-yard interception with 1:13 left to close out the game.

Cummings ran for 91 yards on 12 attempts and Daniels finished with 21 carries for 87 yards and one score for Sacramento State, who lost their last six games of the season.