Scores

Final

Montana 21

(8-0, 5-0 Big Sky)

N Arizona 16

(5-4, 4-2 Big Sky)

6:05 PM ET, October 27, 2007

J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, Flagstaff, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 0 7 14 021
NAU 0 6 3 716

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bergquist (MONT) - 202 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Hilliard (MONT) - 32 CAR, 146 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Watson (NAU) - 11 REC, 171 YDS

Montana 21, N. Arizona 16

Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Cole Bergquist threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns as No. 3 Montana beat Northern Arizona, 21-16 Saturday for the 10th straight time.

Montana (8-0, 5-0 Big Sky Conference) hasn't lost to the Lumberjacks since 1997 and is 19-1 against the Lumberjacks since 1988.

Montana scored on its opening two possessions of the second half to take control of a game that was 7-6 at halftime. On the opening drive of the second half, Montana staged a 12-play, 80-yard drive, which resulted in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Bergquist to Eric Allen.

Bergquist went 4-for-6 for 77 yards on the drive.

On Northern Arizona's first play from scrimmage after the touchdown, sophomore running back Alex Henderson broke a 72-yard run to get the ball down to the Montana eight yard line.

The Lumberjacks had to settle for a field goal, which made the score 14-9. Montana answered right back with another 80-yard drive. This time, it was capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Lex Hilliard.

The Lumberjacks (5-4, 4-2) squandered a number of chances inside Montana's 20-yard line. They had six red-zone opportunities and came away with just one touchdown, three field goals and two fumbles.

Hilliard finished with 146 yards on the ground on 32 carries and receiver Ryan Bagley had six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Northern Arizona quarterback Lance Kriesien threw for 268 on 18-of-34 passing. Running back Alex Henderson added 126 yards on the ground on 16 carries and a touchdown.

With the win, combined with Montana State's loss, Montana now has a two game lead in the conference with three games to play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONT
NAU
1st Downs1923
Total Yards414486
Passing202268
Rushing212218
Penalties6-729-134
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers02
Possession32:2027:40

Passing Leaders

MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bergquist14/242028.420
Northern ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kriesien18/342687.900

Rushing Leaders

MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hilliard321464.610
Bergquist10424.200
Northern ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henderson161267.910
Kriesien17633.700

Receiving Leaders

MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bagley79814.010
Ferriter69716.200
Northern ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Watson1117115.500
Fitzpatrick55511.000

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMONTNAU
TD09:16Ryan Bagley 3 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Dan Carpenter Kick) 70
FG03:28Robbie Dehaze 42 Yd 73
FG00:02Robbie Dehaze 24 Yd 76
THIRD QUARTERMONTNAU
TD10:59Eric Allen 7 Yd Pass From Cole Bergquist (Dan Carpenter Kick) 146
FG09:53Robbie Dehaze 24 Yd 149
TD05:53Lex Hilliard 5 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 219
FOURTH QUARTERMONTNAU
TD04:42Alex Henderson 8 Yd Run (Robbie Dehaze Kick) 2116