Scores

Final

N Colorado 16

(1-3, 0-1 Big Sky)

Montana State 41

(4-0, 1-0 Big Sky)

4:05 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Bobcat Stadium, BOZEMAN, MT

1 2 3 4 T
UNCO 0 13 3 016
MTST 21 10 7 341

Top Performers

Passing: D. McGhee (MTST) - 387 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Kirk (MTST) - 19 CAR, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Bleskin (MTST) - 10 REC, 116 YDS

Montana St. 41, N. Colorado 16

Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State scored on six of its first eight possessions en route to a 41-16 victory over Northern Colorado in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams Saturday.

The Bobcats (4-0) went ahead 21-0 in the first quarter behind touchdown runs of 14 and 2 yards by Cody Kirk. Northern Colorado (1-3) cut the lead to 21-10, but Montana State answered with a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback DeNarius McGhee and a 45-yard field goal by Rory Perez.

McGhee connected on 34 of 44 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns. Kirk added 89 yards rushing on 19 carries and Tanner Bleskin had 10 receptions for 116 yards.

Montana State finished with 564 yards, while holding the Bears to just 266. Northern Colorado, which has lost 14 of its last 15 games, managed just 52 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNCO
MTST
1st Downs1233
Total Yards266564
Passing214387
Rushing52177
Penalties7-408-95
3rd Down Conversions3-129-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers10
Possession19:1940:41

Passing Leaders

Northern ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lobato13/312146.911
Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGhee34/443878.820

Rushing Leaders

Northern ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hildreth9465.1018
Dennis7263.709
Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kirk19894.7218
McGhee7446.3122

Receiving Leaders

Northern ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis45914.8021
Gunn15656.0056
Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bleskin1011611.6025
Ellis58617.2149

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCOMTST
TD10:25Tray Robinson 9 Yd Pass From DeNarius McGhee (Rory Perez Kick) 07
TD06:47Cody Kirk 14 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 014
TD00:01Cody Kirk 2 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 021
SECOND QUARTERUNCOMTST
FG12:03Dave Eden 40 Yd 321
TD07:45Dimitri Stimphil 10 Yd Pass From Seth Lobato (Dave Eden Kick) 1021
TD02:33DeNarius McGhee 7 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 1028
FG00:33Rory Perez 45 Yd 1031
FG00:00Dave Eden 42 Yd 1331
THIRD QUARTERUNCOMTST
FG06:42Dave Eden 38 Yd 1631
TD03:57Jon Ellis 49 Yd Pass From DeNarius McGhee (Rory Perez Kick) 1638
FOURTH QUARTERUNCOMTST
FG02:35Rory Perez 22 Yd 1641