NCAA Game Summary - New Hampshire at Montana State|
(Saturday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Montana State 26, New Hampshire 25
Bozeman, MT (Sports Network) - DeNarius McGhee rushed for 96 yards and two
touchdowns on 12 carries, as Montana State squeaked past New Hampshire, 26-25,
in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.
Cody Kirk rushed for 96 yards on 18 carries and Elvis Akpla had a big for the
Bobcats (10-2), catching eight passes for 105 yards.
McGhee threw for 167 yards, one touchdown and three picks on 14-of-21 passing,
while Tray Robinson caught a touchdown pass for Montana State, which moves on
to play Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals next weekend.
Kevin Decker threw for 200 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the
Wildcats (8-4) while Joey Orlando caught five passes for 62 yards and
Justin Mello added a pair of touchdown grabs for New Hampshire.
Trailing 26-19 with under a minute to play in regulation, Decker completed a
29-yard touchdown strike to Mello to make it a one-point game, 26-25, but
Mike MacArthur missed the extra point attempt that would have tied the game.
Montana State ran one final play to seal the close win.
New Hampshire opened the scoring on its first drive of the game, as Decker led
an 11-play, 45-yard march. The Wildcats moved the ball down to the Montana
State 14, but the drive stalled and they settled for a 36-yard field goal from
MacArthur to take an early 3-0 lead.
The Wildcats upped their advantage to 10-0 late in the opening quarter when
the defense came up with a big play. McGhee was intercepted by Matt Evans, who
brought it back 58 yards for the touchdown.
Montana State got on the board on its first drive of the second stanza when
McGhee led a seven-play drive down to the New Hampshire 24, where Jason
Cunningham was good from 41 yards out to cut the margin to 10-3.
The Bobcats struck again on their next possession to make it 10-9, when
McGhee connected with Robinson on an 11-yard touchdown pass to cap a nine-
play, 69-yard drive. The Wildcats came up with a good defensive play following
the score, though, as they blocked the extra point try and returned it all the
way back for a two-point conversion to make it 12-9.
Mello's 18-yard touchdown catch with just over three minutes to go before
halftime gave the Wildcats a 19-9 lead, but Montana State responded with a
two-yard touchdown run by McGhee with less than 30 seconds to play in the half
to cut the deficit to 19-16.
After the break, McGhee ran for his second score of the day -- a 37-yard burst
on second-and-5 --to give Montana State a 23-19 lead.
Cunningham nailed his second field goal of the day from 26 yards out to push
the Bobcats' lead to 26-19 with just over 9 1/2 minutes to play.
12/03 19:37:45 ET