Scores

Final

E Washington 23

(3-2, 1-2 Big Sky)

Montana 24

(5-0, 2-0 Big Sky)

3:05 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Washington Grizzly, Missoula, MT

1 2 3 4 T
EWU 0 10 10 323
MONT 7 7 7 324

Top Performers

Passing: M. Nichols (EWU) - 451 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Hilliard (MONT) - 15 CAR, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Boyce (EWU) - 17 REC, 232 YDS, 1 TD

Montana 24, E. Washington 23

Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Dan Carpenter kicked a 34-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining Saturday to lift Montana to a 24-23 victory over Eastern Washington.

Eastern Washington (3-2, 1-2 Big Sky) had taken a 23-21 lead on a 39-yard field goal by Felipe Macias with 2:20 remaining.

Montana (5-0, 2-0), the top-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision, took over on its own 38. After three incomplete passes, Cole Bergquist connected with a diving Ryan Bagley on a 27-yard pass play. After a 12-yard pass to Mike Ferriter and three more incompletions, Carpenter kicked the game-winner. He had missed a field goal earlier in the game.

Bergquist completed 16 of 32 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 26-yard TD pass to Bagley on Montana's opening drive.

The Grizzlies went up 14-0 on Bergquist's 20-yard pass to Ferriter with 2:16 left in the half. The drive was set up when EWU fumbled a Montana punt.

But Eastern Washington scored twice in the final 27 seconds of the half, on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Matt Nichols to Brynsen Brown, and after Montana fumbled the kickoff, on a 32-yard field goal by Macias as the half expired.

EWU scored twice more in the first six minutes of the third quarter to take a 20-14 lead. Nichols threw a 37-yard TD pass to Aaron Boyce, who had a school record 17 receptions for 232 yards, and Macias added a 42-yard field goal.

The Grizzlies regained the lead 21-20 with 6:17 remaining on a 1-yard touchdown run by Lex Hilliard, who rushed for 70 yards.

Nichols completed 37 of 59 passes for 451 yards and EWU rolled up 565 yards in total offense compared with 289 for Montana.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Team Stat Comparison

 
EWU
MONT
1st Downs2514
Total Yards565289
Passing451181
Rushing114108
Penalties14-12710-113
3rd Down Conversions7-192-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers21
Possession33:0526:55

Passing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols37/594517.620
MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bergquist16/321815.720

Rushing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris10494.9019
Alexander8324.009
MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hilliard15704.7112
Bergquist10383.8022

Receiving Leaders

Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyce1723213.6141
Brown69415.7145
MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ferriter79213.1127
Bagley12626.0126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREWUMONT
TD12:18Ryan Bagley 26 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Tyson Johnson Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 69 yds, 2:42
07
SECOND QUARTEREWUMONT
TD02:16Mike Ferriter 20 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Dan Carpenter Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 37 yds, 1:25
014
TD00:27Brynsen Brown 21 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 1:49
714
FG00:00Felipe Macias 32 Yd
Drive: 3 plays, 15 yds, :25
1014
THIRD QUARTEREWUMONT
TD13:29Aaron Boyce 37 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 72 yds, 1:24
1714
FG09:02Felipe Macias 42 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 56 yds, 2:29
2014
TD06:17Lex Hilliard 1 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 53 yds, :41
2021
FOURTH QUARTEREWUMONT
FG02:20Felipe Macias 39 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 44 yds, 2:23
2321
FG00:26Dan Carpenter 34 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 45 yds, 1:47
2324