Scores

Final

Albany 14

(1-3, 1-2 away)

Montana 35

(3-0, 3-0 home)

3:05 PM ET, September 22, 2007

Washington-Grizzly Stadium, MISSOULA, MT

1 2 3 4 T
ALBY 0 7 0 714
MONT 7 7 7 1435

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bergquist (MONT) - 283 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Hilliard (MONT) - 21 CAR, 136 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Allen (MONT) - 4 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Montana 35, Albany, N.Y. 14

Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Cole Bergquist passed for a career high 283 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 89 yards and another score to lead Montana to a 35-14 win over Albany Saturday.

Lex Hilliard rushed 21 times for 136 yards and two more scores for the Grizzlies (3-0), ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision polls.

Montana scored on three consecutive running touchdowns to take a 28-7 lead on a 26-yard scoring run by Hilliard with 9:56 remaining.

Albany (1-3) drove 64 yards in 10 plays, recovering their own fumble at one point, and pulled to 28-14 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Vinny Esposito to Jason Smith on a 3rd-and-17 play with 6:43 remaining.

The Great Danes recovered an onside kick at the Montana 43 and drove to the 24 before Jeremy Pate intercepted Esposito at the 16-yard line. He returned the ball to the 25 before fumbling it. Sean Schillinger recovered it for the Grizzlies on their own 29.

Montana sealed the win with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Berguist to Eric Allen with 1:51 remaining. Allen had four catches for 85 yards.

Albany's opening drive ended with a missed field goal.

The Grizzlies scored first on a 12-yard pass from Bergquist to Ryan Bagley in the first quarter. Albany answered in the second with a 1-yard run by Omar Johnson midway through the second quarter.

Hilliard scored on a 1-yard run late in the half and Bergquist broke free on a 55-yard scoring run with 10:03 left in the third quarter to give Montana a 21-7 lead.

Esposito completed 20 of 40 passes for 273 yards to 10 different receivers, but Albany rushed for just 92 yards. Montana had 283 yards passing and 281 rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ALBY
MONT
1st Downs1928
Total Yards365564
Passing273283
Rushing92281
Penalties8-597-55
3rd Down Conversions7-227-13
4th Down Conversions5-50-2
Turnovers12
Possession30:3129:29

Passing Leaders

AlbanyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Esposito20/402736.811
MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bergquist21/322838.821

Rushing Leaders

AlbanyCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCarty10424.2016
Simmons12322.707
MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hilliard211366.5226
Bergquist9899.9155

Receiving Leaders

AlbanyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bocanegra26130.5046
Smith35518.3123
MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen48521.3138
Ferriter78412.0021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERALBYMONT
TD04:35Ryan Bagley 12 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Dan Carpenter Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 58 yds, 1:05
07
SECOND QUARTERALBYMONT
TD08:14Omar Johnson 1 Yd Run (Jason Fralicker Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 56 yds, 4:24
77
TD01:49Lex Hilliard 1 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 37 yds, 2:11
714
THIRD QUARTERALBYMONT
TD10:03Cole Bergquist 55 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 98 yds, 2:11
721
FOURTH QUARTERALBYMONT
TD09:56Lex Hilliard 26 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 76 yds, 2:39
728
TD06:43Jason Smith 23 Yd Pass From Vinny Esposito (Chris Lynch Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 64 yds, 3:06
1428
TD01:51Eric Allen 30 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Dan Carpenter Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 71 yds, 2:56
1435