Scores

Final

Montana State 22

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Washington St 23

(1-1, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 11, 2010

Martin Stadium, PULLMAN, WA

1 2 3 4 T
MTST 6 7 9 022
WSU 0 7 0 1623

Top Performers

Passing: D. McGhee (MTST) - 266 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Montgomery (WSU) - 20 CAR, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Akpla (MTST) - 4 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Washington State rallies from 16 down in 4th quarter to end 10-game skid

Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Nico Grasu's 18-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining capped a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback as Washington State defeated Montana State 23-22 on Saturday to end a 10-game losing streak.

The Cougars (1-1) were almost the third FBS school to lose at home to an FCS team on Saturday. Virginia Tech and Minnesota were beaten by lower-division foes.

Jeff Tuel threw fourth-quarter TD passes to Andrei Lintz and Jared Karstetter, helping Washington State cut a 22-7 deficit to 22-20. Then, Alex Hoffman-Ellis intercepted Denarius McGhee's tipped pass and returned it to the 2-yard line, setting up Grasu's winning kick.

Montana State (1-1) drove to the Cougars' 26 in the final minute, but linebacker C.J. Mizell made a game-sealing interception.

Tuel was 18 of 29 for 204 yards for Washington State, and James Montgomery had 116 yards on 20 carries.

McGhee was 23 of 35 for 295 yards with two TDs and an interception.

Montana State capitalized on turnovers on the Cougars' first two possessions, turning both miscues into field goals for 6-0 lead after the first quarter.

Trailing 13-7, Washington State was almost done in by a nightmarish sequence in the third quarter. McGhee threw a 45-yard touchdown pass on a flea-flicker to Julius Lloyd with 8:02 to go in the quarter, and after recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, the Bobcats tacked on another field goal to take a 22-7 advantage.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTST
WSU
1st Downs2417
Total Yards407316
Passing284204
Rushing123112
Penalties3-246-59
3rd Down Conversions4-125-14
4th Down Conversions0-11-3
Turnovers33
Possession31:0928:51

Passing Leaders

Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGhee24/372667.223
Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuel18/292047.021

Rushing Leaders

Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis10676.7024
Palmer7375.3013
Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Montgomery201165.8170
Staden451.305

Receiving Leaders

Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Akpla46315.8135
Gilbert6488.008
Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Staden44812.0019
Blackledge34013.3017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTSTWSU
FG09:35Jason Cunningham 31 Yd 30
FG03:52Jason Cunningham 23 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERMTSTWSU
TD10:33James Montgomery 3 Yd Run (Nico Grasu Kick) 67
TD07:32Elvis Akpla 13 Yd Pass From Denarius McGhee (Jason Cunningham Kick) 137
THIRD QUARTERMTSTWSU
TD08:02Julius Lloyd 45 Yd Pass From Denarius McGhee (Pat Failed) 197
FG06:26Jason Cunningham 29 Yd 227
FOURTH QUARTERMTSTWSU
TD14:55Andrei Lintz 4 Yd Pass From Jeff Tuel (Nico Grasu Kick) 2214
TD05:06Jared Karstetter 19 Yd Pass From Jeff Tuel (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2220
FG02:13Nico Grasu 18 Yd 2223