Late TD costly in SUU loss to Montana State

Combined reports

Published: Sunday, Sept. 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

CEDAR CITY — DeNarius McGhee threw a 3-yard touchdown to Brian Flotkoetter with 2:59 remaining, giving Montana State a 24-17 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.

McGhee was 18 of 28 for 211 yards passing and two touchdowns, and Orenzo Davis added a 74-yard touchdown run as the Bobcats (5-0, 2-0 Big Sky) remained unbeaten.

Davis finished with 123 yards rushing for Montana State, which is off to its best start since winning its first eight games in 1978.

Southern Utah (2-3, 1-1) trailed 17-7 after three quarters but tied it up on an 8-yard TD pass from Brad Sorensen to Mitch Jessop and a 49-yard field goal from Colton Cook with 4:03 remaining.

Sorensen completed 25 of 47 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Jessop had six catches for 97 yards.

After SUU tied the game at 17-17, it missed a golden opportunity to take the lead when J.T. Anderson forced and recovered a fumble at the Montana State 32 on the Bobcats' ensuing possession.

The Montana State defense stymied the Thunderbirds after the fumble, however, holding them to no yards and forcing another 49-yard Cook field goal attempt. This time the kick sailed wide right, leaving the game tied. It was one of three Bobcat turnovers the Thunderbirds weren't able to capitalize on and Thunderbird Coach Ed Lamb pointed to that as a key to the game.

That inability was "the difference in the game," Lamb noted. "We didn't take advantage of good field position and should have gotten field goals at least out of those [turnovers], it was a major problem."

UC DAVIS 37, WEBER STATE 13: At Davis, Calif., Dalton Turay's three second-quarter touchdowns is all UC Davis needed to gain momentum in a victory over Weber State.

Turay's eight carries for 32 yards wasn't spectacular but the Aggies defense was, holding Weber State to 6 of 15 third-down conversions while forcing three interceptions, two of which came from Byron Gruendl, and two fumbles.

It was the Aggies' first Big Sky Conference home game in program history, and their first win within the new conference.

SNOW COLLEGE 52, SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 14: At Ephraim, Scottsdale Community College scored first in both halves, but No. 12 ranked Snow College did all the rest of the scoring as the Badgers crushed the Fighting Artichokes in a key Western States Football League match up. Sophomore quarterback Christian Stewart had a career day throwing for 452 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Badgers.

Stewart connected with tight end Evan Moeai for scores from 32 and 14 yards, and spread around the wealth also throwing scoring strikes to Frank Sanft, Damond Powell and Brayden Loertscher. Ten different receivers had catches for the Badgers, Powell leading the way with four receptions for 200 yards.

Stewart was 20-for-33 passing and was not intercepted. The Badgers had 626 yards of total offense, 123 of that coming on 24 carries by Breon Allen who had a 14-yard touchdown.

BIG SKY CONFERENCE

Conference All Games

W L PF PA W L PF PA

Montana St. 2 0 65 33 5 0 175 98

Cal Poly 2 0 63 37 4 0 128 73

N. Arizona 2 0 65 41 4 1 157 118

E. Washington 2 0 64 52 3 1 104 79

North Dakota 1 1 52 48 3 2 204 134

Sacramento St. 1 1 67 66 3 2 144 160

Southern Utah1 1 66 66 2 3 145 173

UC Davis 1 1 57 41 2 3 109 101

Idaho St. 0 1 31 54 1 3 97 181

N. Colorado 0 1 16 41 1 3 73 113

Montana 0 2 57 73 2 3 153 146

Weber St.0 2 26 32 0 5 83 186

Portland St. 0 2 52 73 1 4 140 190

Saturday's Games

Montana St. 24, Southern Utah 17

Sacramento St. 54, Idaho St. 31

N. Arizona 24, Portland St. 10

Cal Poly 35, North Dakota 17

E. Washington 32, Montana 26

UC Davis 37, Weber State 13

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