SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Cody Kirk ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 2-yarder in the fourth quarter, to lead Montana State to a 20-17 victory against Sacramento State on Saturday night.
Kirk's second TD came with 8:13 remaining, and the Bobcats (8-1, 5-1 Big Sky) protected the lead by forcing turnovers on the last two possessions by the Hornets (6-4, 4-3).
The victory was the 47th for Montana State coach Rob Ash, tying the school record held by Sonny Holland.
Garrett Safron threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns for Sacramento State. Morris Norisse had five receptions for 128 yards and a TD.
Denarius McGhee was 14 of 22 passing for 105 yards for the Bobcats.
South Carolina football players will wear stickers on their helmets this season to honor the nine people who died in a shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston this past June.
Washington has found its starting quarterback, but coach Chris Petersen said the Huskies will keep that information under wraps until Friday's season opener at No. 23 Boise State.
Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday.
Transfer Vernon Adams will be the starting quarterback when Oregon begins its season against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.
Tim Beckman is threatening legal action after Illinois fired him as football coach Friday amid allegations of influencing medical decisions and pressuring players to play hurt.
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron revealed in a post-practice news conference that he has been treated for prostate cancer but plans to coach this season.