Scores

Final

Montana 31

(8-2, 4-1 away)

South Dakota 27

(4-6, 3-2 home)

2:00 PM ET, November 9, 2013

DakotaDome, Vermillion, SD

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 10 7 0 1431
SDAK 14 10 0 327

Top Performers

Passing: J. Johnson (MONT) - 337 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: T. Bouma (SDAK) - 25 CAR, 147 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Henderson (MONT) - 4 REC, 188 YDS, 2 TD

Montana scores late to edge South Dakota 31-27

Associated Press

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Ellis Henderson scored three touchdowns, two receiving and another on a kickoff return, as Montana edged South Dakota 31-27 on Saturday.

With Montana up 24-17, Jordan Tripp forced a fumble that was returned 35 yards by Matt Hermanson for a touchdown with 6:33 remaining in the game. A 38-yard field goal from Miles Bergner with 1:48 left gave the Coyotes (4-6) a lead, but Henderson returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give the Grizzlies (8-2) a 31-27 lead.

South Dakota had one final opportunity, driving 44 yards to the Montana 31-yard line before Bo Tully broke up a pass intended for Josh Vander Maten and the Coyotes turned the ball over on downs.

Jordan Johnson had 337 yards passing and two touchdowns, highlighted by a 71-yard strike to Henderson in the first half.

Trevor Bouma had 147 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead South Dakota.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONT
SDAK
1st Downs1524
Total Yards390458
Passing337235
Rushing53223
Penalties4-357-45
3rd Down Conversions5-127-17
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers31
Possession25:4234:18

Passing Leaders

MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson17/3333710.223
South DakotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Earl27/452355.210

Rushing Leaders

MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Canada13403.1011
Nguyen5153.007
South DakotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bouma251475.9138
Earl8658.1025

Receiving Leaders

MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henderson418847.0271
Warren34816.0031
South DakotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Vander Maten45914.8132
Donovan45112.8018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONTSDAK
TD14:05Aaron Swift 60 Yd Interception Return (Miles Bergner Kick) 07
FG10:05Ben Worst 46 Yd 37
TD06:30Trevor Bouma 38 Yd Run (Miles Bergner Kick) 314
TD04:34Ellis Henderson 6 Yd Pass From Jordan Johnson (Ben Worst Kick) 1014
SECOND QUARTERMONTSDAK
TD13:26Ellis Henderson 71 Yd Pass From Jordan Johnson (Ben Worst Kick) 1714
TD09:22Josh Vander Maten 2 Yd Pass From Kevin Earl (Miles Bergner Kick) 1721
FG00:00Miles Bergner 21 Yd 1724
FOURTH QUARTERMONTSDAK
TD06:33Matt Hermanson 35 Yd Fumble Return (Ben Worst Kick) 2424
FG01:48Miles Bergner 38 Yd 2427
TD01:36Ellis Henderson 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Ben Worst Kick) 3127