Scores

Final

Furman 13

(8-4, 6-1 Southern)

Montana State 31

(8-4, 6-2 Big Sky)

1:30 PM ET, November 25, 2006

Bobcat Stadium (MT), Bozeman, MT

1 2 3 4 T
FUR 0 0 7 613
MTST 7 17 7 031

Top Performers

Passing: J. Rolovich (MTST) - 272 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Gipson (FUR) - 22 CAR, 93 YDS

Receiving: D. Wheaton (MTST) - 6 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

Montana State 31, Furman 13

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Jack Rolovich passed for 272 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third score Saturday as Montana State upset Furman 31-13 in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

It was Montana State's first home playoff game since 1984, the year the Bobcats won the I-AA national championship.

No. 15 Montana State (8-4) had some key defensive plays in the second quarter in advancing to next Saturday's quarterfinals at top-ranked Appalachian State (11-1), a 45-28 winner over Coastal Carolina.

The Bobcats took a 31-0 lead with 10:03 left in the third before No. 7 Furman (8-4) scored. The Paladins scored on a 27-yard pass from Renaldo Gray to Cedrick Gipson with 18 seconds left in the third quarter and on a 1-yard run by Jerome Felton with no time left on the clock. The extra point wasn't attempted.

Rolovich completed 18 of 33 passes and opened the scoring with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Donnell Wheaton with 12:28 left in the first quarter.

A fumble by Felton late in the first quarter was recovered by MSU's Marcosus LeBlanc on the Furman 41. Seven plays later, Jeff Hastings kicked a 25-yard field goal to give the Bobcats a 10-0 lead with 11:58 left in the half.

Furman's next drive ended with a punt, which was blocked by MSU's Jesse Anderson. Teammate Brian Williams recovered the fumble and then fumbled the ball into the end zone, where Anderson recovered it for a touchdown.

Furman muffed the ensuing kickoff, with Williams forcing the fumble and Kory Austin recovering the ball at the Furman 25.

On the next play, Rolovich hit Michael Jefferson on a 25-yard TD pass to give the Bobcats a 24-0 lead with 8:53 left in the half.

Rolovich's 1-yard run with 10:03 left in the third gave MSU the 31-0 lead.

A fumble by Isaiah Taito, recovered by Austin Holmes of Furman, set up the Paladin's first touchdown.

Donnell Wheaton had six catches for 99 yards, Michael Jefferson had five for 82 and Tyler Lulay had three catches for 68 yards. Lulay had four catches for 51 yards during the regular season. Taito finished with 17 carries for 69 yards.

Grey completed 13 of 28 passes for 139 yards. His leading receiver was Patrick Sprague with four catches for 68 yards. Cedric Gipson had 22 carries for 93 yards.

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