Scores

Final

Liberty 14

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Montana 34

(2-1, 2-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 15, 2012

Washington Grizzly, Missoula, MT

1 2 3 4 T
LIB 0 0 7 714
MONT 7 17 0 1034

Top Performers

Passing: J. Woodrum (LIB) - 322 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Moore (MONT) - 16 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Kelly (LIB) - 14 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

Montana 34, Liberty 14

Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Montana came up with some big plays on special teams and offense Saturday afternoon in its 34-14 win over Liberty. But it was the defense that drew the most praise from Coach Mick Delaney.

"Anytime you go out and stop a team from being able to run the ball, you should do well," Delaney said. "I'm really proud of our defense, especially in the first half. They were just tenacious and got some key turnovers."

Peter Nguyen ran a punt back 90 yards for a touchdown as Montana improved to 2-1 on the season. Liberty, of the Big South Conference, fell to 0-3.

"I'm a little disappointed," said Liberty coach Turner Gill. "I thought we would be able to run the ball a little better."

The Montana defense held the Flames to 21 yards rushing and harassed quarterback Josh Woodrum all afternoon -- sacking him five times.

After a slow opening 10 minutes, Nguyen brought the crowd to its feet with an electrifying jaunt down the left side of the field to give Montana a 7-0 lead.

"I had a lot of space and time to think," Nguyen said. "And there was great blocking. The whole punt return team was really excited to get one."

The Grizzlies tacked on another 17 points before halftime on a 32-yard run by Dan Moore, a 6-yard run by Trent McKinney and a 42-yard field goal by Chris Lider.

The Flames cut the Montana lead to 24-7 early in the third quarter on a 14-yard pass from Woodrum to Pat Kelly.

Montana answered back with 12:20 to play in the fourth quarter when McKinney hooked up with Greg Hardy on a 2-yard touchdown pass to go back up 31-7.

A 31-yard pass from Woodrum to Ryan Ferguson with 10:11 to play rounded out the scoring for Liberty.

Lider added a 46-yard field goal for Montana with 5:34 left in the game.

The Grizzly offense rushed for 201 yards and benefited from three Flames turnovers that resulted in good field position.

"If you can rush for 200 yards and hold the other team to 20 yards rushing, you've got a good opportunity to win," Delaney said.

Moore led the Montana rushing attack with 92 yards on 16 carries. McKinney finished the game completing 19 of 26 passes for 95 yards. Zack Wagenmann spearheaded the Grizzly defense with two sacks, three tackles for a loss and a pass deflection.

Liberty was paced by Kelly, who caught 14 passes for 88 yards. Woodrum completed 34 of 44 passes for 322 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LIB
MONT
1st Downs2117
Total Yards342296
Passing32195
Rushing21201
Penalties7-516-50
3rd Down Conversions7-164-17
4th Down Conversions0-22-4
Turnovers31
Possession34:2325:37

Passing Leaders

LibertyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Woodrum34/443227.321
MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McKinney19/26953.710

Rushing Leaders

LibertyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Holloway10292.9010
Allen8293.609
MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Moore16925.8132
Canada12352.9016

Receiving Leaders

LibertyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kelly14886.3117
Ferguson66110.2131
MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy7294.119
Henderson22613.0014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLIBMONT
TD05:54Peter Nguyen 90 Yd Punt Return (Chris Lider Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERLIBMONT
TD12:10Dan Moore 32 Yd Run (Chris Lider Kick) 014
TD09:47Trent McKinney 6 Yd Run (Chris Lider Kick) 021
FG06:52Chris Lider 42 Yd 024
THIRD QUARTERLIBMONT
TD10:22Pat Kelly 14 Yd Pass From Josh Woodrum (John Lunsford Kick) 724
FOURTH QUARTERLIBMONT
TD12:20Greg Hardy 2 Yd Pass From Trent McKinney (Chris Lider Kick) 731
TD10:11Ryan Ferguson 31 Yd Pass From Josh Woodrum (John Lunsford Kick) 1431
FG05:34Chris Lider 46 Yd 1434