Scores

Final

Montana State 48

(6-0, 3-0 Big Sky)

UC Davis 41

(2-4, 1-2 Big Sky)

7:00 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Aggie Stadium, DAVIS, CA

1 2 3 4 T
MTST 7 24 0 1748
UCD 14 0 24 341

Top Performers

Passing: D. McGhee (MTST) - 334 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: O. Davis (MTST) - 14 CAR, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Bleskin (MTST) - 8 REC, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Montana St. 48, UC Davis 41

Associated Press

DAVIS, Calif. -- Defensive tackle Zach Minter returned an interception 5 yards to the 1 to set up Tray Robinson's go-ahead touchdown run in undefeated Montana State's 48-41 victory over UC Davis on Saturday night.

Robinson's 1-yard run on third down gave the Bobcats (6-0, 3-0 Big Sky) a 45-41 lead with 8:40 left, and Rory Perez added a 34-yard field goal with 2:23 left.

UC Davis (2-4, 1-2) drove to the 15 in the final minute, but a holding penalty and a sack set up a fourth-down pass into the end zone that was knocked away by the Bobcats' Joel Fuller with 16 seconds left.

Montana State is 6-0 for the first time since winning its first eight games in 1978.

"We believe in each other, we play for each other, and in the end we stayed strong and stayed resilient because of each other," Minter said.

The Bobcats scored the final 24 points of the first half to take a 31-14 lead, but UC Davis countered with 24 straight points in the third quarter for a 38-31 advantage.

The Bobcats tied it at 38 on Robinson's 1-yard run early in the fourth, and UC Davis pulled ahead again on Brady Stuart's 28-yard field goal with 12:26 to go.

"If we have an identity, it's that we play hard all the time. It's the thing that I'm most proud of," Aggies coach Bob Biggs said. "Regardless of the score, they just fight. I thought we were very physical in the third quarter. We just had a lot of momentum going. The kids were playing with a lot of heart, kept believing and just came up short."

Montana State's DeNarius McGhee was 27 of 41 for 334 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score. He also threw an interception that Jordan Glass returned 7 yards for a TD in the third quarter.

"You've got to give Montana State credit," Biggs said. "That quarterback (McGhee) is Houdini. There were times when I thought we had him and, next thing you know, he runs for a first down. Just one of those games, but I'm very, very proud of the way we played and fought."

UC Davis' Randy Wright was 23 of 37 for 242 yards and two touchdowns, a 26-yarder to Anthony Soto and a 19-yarder to Corey Galindo in the third-quarter spree. Wright finished with two interceptions, with Darius Jones returning the first 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:04 left in the second quarter.

Jones' return capped a 17-point Montana State burst in a 4:51 span. McGhee had a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:55 to go, and threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Tanner Bleskin with 1:25 remaining.

Bleskin finished with eight catches for 91 yards, and Orenzo Davis led the Bobcats in rushing with 71 yards on 14 carries. He opened the scoring with a 35-yard run in the first quarter.

Soto had seven catches for 80 yards for the Aggies.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTST
UCD
1st Downs1920
Total Yards401350
Passing334242
Rushing67108
Penalties8-776-70
3rd Down Conversions8-154-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers43
Possession29:3130:29

Passing Leaders

Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGhee27/413348.111
UC DavisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wright23/372426.522

Rushing Leaders

Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis14715.1135
Robinson551.023
UC DavisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Silveria13352.7012
Williams3237.7017

Receiving Leaders

Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bleskin89111.4120
Ellis25929.5048
UC DavisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Soto78011.4126
Benton45213.0030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTSTUCD
TD06:19Orenzo Davis 35 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 70
TD01:48Randy Wright 5 Yd Run (Brady Stuart Kick) 77
TD01:33Alex Cannon 13 Yd Run (Brady Stuart Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERMTSTUCD
FG14:13Rory Perez 27 Yd 1014
TD05:55DeNarius McGhee 1 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 1714
TD01:25Tanner Bleskin 3 Yd Pass From DeNarius McGhee (Rory Perez Kick) 2414
TD01:04Darius Jones 45 Yd Interception Return (Rory Perez Kick) 3114
THIRD QUARTERMTSTUCD
TD11:49Anthony Soto 26 Yd Pass From Randy Wright (Brady Stuart Kick) 3121
FG10:02Brady Stuart 30 Yd 3124
TD09:03Jordan Glass 7 Yd Interception Return (Brady Stuart Kick) 3131
TD01:27Corey Galindo 19 Yd Pass From Randy Wright (Brady Stuart Kick) 3138
FOURTH QUARTERMTSTUCD
TD14:06Tray Robinson 1 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 3838
FG12:26Brady Stuart 28 Yd 3841
TD08:40Tray Robinson 1 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 4541
FG02:23Rory Perez 34 Yd 4841