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.