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Late touchdown propels Montana over Weber State

Published November 3, 2012 7:10 pm

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Ogden, Utah • Shay Smithwick-Hann's 9-yard scoring pass to Bryce Carver with 6:37 remaining put Montana ahead to stay in a 24-21 victory over Weber State.

The Grizzlies (5-5, 3-4 Big Sky) led 10-7 at halftime, but Weber State took the lead on Kris Parham's 1-yard run in the third quarter before Montana rallied.

The Wildcats (1-8, 1-5) closed in after Chris Lider's third field goal, a 35-yarder, made it 24-14 Montana. Cordero Dixon returned the kickoff 100 yards for a score with 3:41 to play, but Weber State never got the ball back.

Peter Nguyen ran for 103 yards for Montana, which won consecutive games for the first time this season. The Grizzlies have one game remaining, at home against Montana State in two weeks. Weber State's only win of the season came in its previous game, two weeks ago at SUU. —

Montana 24, Weber State 21

Montana 3 7 3 11 — 24

Weber St. 0 7 7 7 — 21

First Quarter

Mont • FG Lider 24, 6:02.

Second Quarter

Web • Tuckett 1 run (McClain kick), 9:44.

Mont • Canada 4 run (Lider kick), 3:32.

Third Quarter

Web • Parham 1 run (McClain kick), 8:02.

Mont • FG Lider 22, 3:04.

Fourth Quarter

Mont • Carver 9 pass from Smithwick-Hann (S.Gratton pass from Smithwick-Hann), 6:37.

Mont • FG Lider 35, 3:53.

Web • Dixon 100 kickoff return (McClain kick), 3:41.

Attendance • 7,251.

Mont Web

First downs 23 13

Rushes-yards 51-205 29-102

Passing 231 136

Comp-Att-Int 17-30-1 16-25-0

Return Yards 0 27

Punts-Avg. 2-36.0 6-39.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 4-3

Penalties-yards 6-40 8-65

Time of Possession 33:44 26:16

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Montana, Nguyen 19-103, Canada 21-85, Smithwick-Hann 7-10, Kemp 1-9, Counts 2-6, Team 1-(minus 8). Weber St., Tuckett 13-69, Hoke 11-23, Parham 5-10.

Passing • Montana, Smithwick-Hann 17-30-1-231. Weber St., Hoke 16-24-0-136, Sorenson 0-1-0-0.

Receiving • Montana, S.Gratton 4-24, Nguyen 3-88, Hardy 2-35, Counts 2-25, Carver 2-13, Warren 2-13, Pierson 1-28, Canada 1-5. Weber St., X.Johnson 3-31, Papanikolas 3-28, Parham 2-24, Clemente 2-22, Fowler 2-10, Sorenson 2-8, Walker 1-8, Tuckett 1-5.