Scores

Final

Montana 34

(3-5, 1-4 Big Sky)

North Dakota 40

(4-4, 2-3 Big Sky)

3:30 PM ET, October 20, 2012

Alerus Center, GRAND FORKS, ND

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 7 10 17 034
UND 17 14 0 940

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hanson (UND) - 660 YDS, 5 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Canada (MONT) - 14 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Hardin (UND) - 12 REC, 333 YDS, 3 TD

North Dakota 40, Montana 34

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Greg Hardin caught a 32-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left, breaking the Big Sky Conference receiving record with 333 yards in North Dakota's 40-34 victory over Montana on Saturday.

Hardin caught 12 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the previous record of 315 yards set by Northern Colorado's Patrick Walker in 2011. The 333 yards receiving is a North Dakota record for Hardin who wasn't far off from the FCS all-time mark of 376 yards set by Kassim Osgood in 2000. The junior receiver did most of his damage in the first half, catching seven passes for 243 yards and two scores.

Hardin wasn't the only one to shine for North Dakota(4-4, 2/3 Big Sky) with Blair Townsend catching 13 balls for 152 yards and a score. Jameer Jackson was the third receiver to go over 100 yards receiving in the game for North Dakota, catching eight passes for 124 yards.

Quarterback Braden Hanson completed 42 of 61 passes, setting a North Dakota single-game passing record with 660 yards, and had five touchdowns to go along with his three interceptions. Hanson broke John Bowenkamp's school passing mark of 515 yards set in 2002.

North Dakota jumped out to an early 14-0 lead when Hanson hooked up with Hardin on a 39-yard touchdown pass at the 8:24 mark in the first quarter. The Hanson-led offense kept North Dakota ahead of the Grizzlies for most of the game until Shay Smithwick-Hann found Ellis Henderson in the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown strike with 6:05 to go in the third quarter, giving the Grizzlies their first lead of the night at 34-31.

Montana (3-5, 1-4) led 34-31 entering the fourth quarter before North Dakota kicker Zeb Miller hit a 34-yard field goal to make it 34-34 with 2 minutes remaining. Stephen Shaw wound up punting on the ensuing possession for the Grizzlies, giving Hanson and his offense 39 seconds to get something done. Five plays later, Hardin's catch with 12 seconds to go broke the record and gave North Dakota the lead for good.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONT
UND
1st Downs2729
Total Yards521704
Passing358660
Rushing16344
Penalties3-428-54
3rd Down Conversions6-188-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers23
Possession30:0329:57

Passing Leaders

MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smithwick-Hann26/393067.830
North DakotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hanson42/6166010.853

Rushing Leaders

MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Canada14916.5121
Nguyen13735.6012
North DakotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Miller12463.8023
Sutton730.404

Receiving Leaders

MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henderson811214.0143
Carver38528.3158
North DakotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hardin1233327.8381
Townsend1315211.7124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONTUND
TD12:29Blair Townsend 5 Yd Pass From Braden Hanson (Zeb Miller Kick) 07
TD08:24Greg Hardin 39 Yd Pass From Braden Hanson (Zeb Miller Kick) 014
TD04:05Jordan Canada 21 Yd Run (Chris Lider Kick) 714
FG01:36Zeb Miller 33 Yd 717
SECOND QUARTERMONTUND
TD13:03Bryce Carver 58 Yd Pass From Shay Smithwick-Hann (Chris Lider Kick) 1417
TD11:46Greg Hardin 43 Yd Pass From Braden Hanson (Zeb Miller Kick) 1424
FG08:59Chris Lider 44 Yd 1724
TD05:16Kenny Golladay 5 Yd Pass From Braden Hanson (Zeb Miller Kick) 1731
THIRD QUARTERMONTUND
TD09:44Sam Gratton 15 Yd Pass From Shay Smithwick-Hann (Chris Lider Kick) 2431
FG06:16Chris Lider 28 Yd 2731
TD06:05Ellis Henderson 27 Yd Pass From Shay Smithwick-Hann (Chris Lider Kick) 3431
FOURTH QUARTERMONTUND
FG02:00Zeb Miller 34 Yd 3434
TD00:12Greg Hardin 32 Yd Pass From Braden Hanson (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 3440