Scores

Final

South Dakota St 48

(8-4, 4-3 away)

Montana 61

(12-0, 7-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

2:00 PM ET, November 28, 2009

Washington Grizzly, Missoula, MT

1 2 3 4 T
SDSU 14 20 14 048
MONT 0 14 13 3461

Top Performers

Passing: A. Selle (MONT) - 309 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Minett (SDSU) - 35 CAR, 131 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Mariani (MONT) - 12 REC, 171 YDS, 2 TD

Montana 61, S. Dakota State 48

Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Marc Mariani scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Selle with 1:08 to play Saturday to cap a 27-point second-half comeback and give top-seeded Montana a 61-48 victory over South Dakota State in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Severin Campbell returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds to play to ice the victory for the Grizzlies (12-0). South Dakota State finishes with an 8-4 record.

After turning the ball over four times in the first half and having a punt blocked and recovered for a touchdown in the end zone, Montana trailed 48-21 with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter. But the Grizzlies scored six unanswered touchdowns to steal the victory from the Jackrabbits.

Next week, Montana will face the winner of Saturday's FCS playoff game between Eastern Washington and Stephen F. Austin.

Mariani caught 12 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for another score. Chase Reynolds added three rushing touchdowns for Montana.

Colin Cotchart caught three first-half touchdown passes for South Dakota State and Kyle Minett rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDSU
MONT
1st Downs1923
Total Yards324391
Passing198351
Rushing12640
Penalties10-759-97
3rd Down Conversions1-126-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers44
Possession34:2525:35

Passing Leaders

South Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
O'Brien14/271987.333
MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Selle27/433097.232

Rushing Leaders

South Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Minett351313.7213
Duffy5142.806
MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Reynolds14352.539
Brooks-Fletcher5173.418

Receiving Leaders

South Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Steffen59018.0043
Fox26934.5061
MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mariani1217114.3238
Palmer68514.2125

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDSUMONT
TD06:57Colin Cochart 7 Yd Pass From Thomas O'Brien (Kyle Harris Kick) 70
TD06:02Colin Cochart 8 Yd Pass From Thomas O'Brien (Kyle Harris Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERSDSUMONT
FG12:59Kyle Harris 34 Yd 170
TD07:14Chase Reynolds 1 Yd Run (Brody Mcknight Kick) 177
TD06:47Tyler Palmer 25 Yd Pass From Andrew Selle (Brody Mcknight Kick) 1714
TD04:02Colin Cochart 5 Yd Pass From Thomas O'Brien (Kyle Harris Kick) 2414
TD02:33Kyle Minett 1 Yd Run (Kyle Harris Kick) 3114
FG01:17Kyle Harris 39 Yd 3414
THIRD QUARTERSDSUMONT
TD11:15Corey Jeske 0 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Kyle Harris Kick) 4114
TD06:45Thomas Brooks-Fletcher 2 Yd Run (Brody Mcknight Kick) 4121
TD05:40Kyle Minett 1 Yd Run (Kyle Harris Kick) 4821
TD05:25Marc Mariani 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Pat Failed) 4827
FOURTH QUARTERSDSUMONT
TD14:56Marc Mariani 15 Yd Pass From Andrew Selle (Brody Mcknight Kick) 4834
TD07:35Chase Reynolds 1 Yd Run (Brody Mcknight Kick) 4841
TD04:11Chase Reynolds 1 Yd Run (Brody Mcknight Kick) 4848
TD01:08Marc Mariani 4 Yd Pass From Andrew Selle (Brody Mcknight Kick) 4855
TD00:45Severin Campbell 32 Yd Interception Return (Pat Blocked) 4861