Montana Western tops Rocky

Will Messerly loses the ball out of bounds late in the fourth quarter after hauling in a 33-yard pass from Jon Jund. Two plays later the Bulldogs scored the winning touchdown to beat Rocky Mountain College 24-21.

Around the Big Sky ...

• At Bozeman, freshman quarterback Tucker Rovig threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns to lead Montana State to 47-24 win over Wagner. Rovig hit Kevin Kassis for two scores and true freshman Isaiah Ifanse for another. Ifanse finished with 146 yards rushing, including a 73-yard touchdown, and 72 yards receiving. Kassis had nine catches for 126 yards.

• At Macomb, Ill., Sean McGuire threw for three touchdowns and Eric Carrera's late interception preserved the lead as Western Illinois edged No. 15 Montana 31-27. The Leathernecks (1-2) were trailing 27-17 late in the fourth quarter when Steve McShane took a punt return 58 yards for a score, cutting it to 27-24. Zach Muniz recovered a Montana fumble on the next exchange, setting up an 11-yard scoring pass from McGuire to McShane six plays later, giving Western Illinois a 31-27 lead with 2:39 to play. Carrera's interception of Dalton Sneed ended Montana's final drive.

• At Pullman, Wash., quarterback Gardner Minshew was 45 for 57 passing for 470 yards and two touchdowns as Washington State broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to down No. 6 Eastern Washington 59-24. The Cougars scored 24 points in the final quarter. EWU quarterback Gabe Gubrud was only 14 of 36 for 231 yards and three touchdowns to go with three interceptions.

• At Stanford, Calif., K.J. Costello overcame a rough start to throw two touchdown passes to JJ Arcega-Whiteside and No. 9 Stanford beat UC Davis 30-10. UC Davis was averaging 49 points per game and more than 500 yards of offense in season-opening wins over San Jose State and San Diego.

• At Springfield, Mo., Jason Randall rushed for a career-high 181 yards and two touchdowns as Missouri State survived a turnover-plagued game with a 40-8 defeat of No. 20 Northern Arizona, scoring half its points off turnovers. Randall, who had 20 carries, scored on a 47-yard burst up the middle on the third play of the game. The Bears scored in every quarter, led 23-6 by the half and piled up 297 yards on the ground. NAU nearly matched Missouri State in total yards -- 431 to 441 -- but turned the ball over six times and was whistled for 101 yards in penalties.

• At Berkeley, Calif., California's offense got off to a slow start and the defense struggled to finish for a third straight game. Three big plays by Ashtyn Davis in between helped tilt things in the Golden Bears' favor. Davis scored on an 89-yard kickoff return, made his second interception of the season to set up another score, then chased down a receiver from behind to prevent a touchdown as Cal overcame a sluggish start and beat Idaho State 45-23. Tanner Guellar passed for 179 yards and a touchdown, Mitch Guellar caught six passes for 156 yards and a score and Ty Flanagan had an 11-yard TD run for Idaho State. 

• At Ogden, Utah, Jake Constantine threw a touchdown pass, Josh Davis ran for 105 yards and Weber State used stout defense to defeat South Dakota 27-10. Trey Tuttle, who made four field goals, nailed a 42-yarder to put Weber State (2-1) on the board with 5:12 left in the first quarter. Three minutes later the Wildcats' Parker Preator sacked Austin Simmons, whose fumble was scooped up by Landon Stice and returned 28 yards for a touchdown for an 11-0 lead. 

Around the Frontier ...

• At Hillsboro, Portland State piled up 657 yards in total offense, steamrolling the College of Idaho 63-14. Quarterback Darius Alexander was just 6 of 11 passing for the Big Sky Conference Vikings, but threw three touchdown passes. The Portland State defense had 11.5 tackles for loss. Yotes (0-4) quarterback Darius-James Peterson finished 9 of 16 passing for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

• At Havre, Carroll rushed for nearly 300 yards and defeated MSU-Northern 32-14. The Saints (3-1, 2-1) built a two score lead early thanks to rushing touchdowns from Major Ali and Eric Dawson.

• At Ashland, Ore., Tanner Kump finished 19-of-35 for 232 yards and a touchdown but was sacked twice, lost a fumble, threw an interception and was knocked out of the game as No. 23 Montana Tech fell to No. 3 Southern Oregon 44-12. Danny Peoples replaced him and went 4-of-10 for 38 yards and an interception. Montana Tech was within four points in the third quarter before the Red Raiders scored the final 28 points.

• At Dillon, Montana Western converted on fourth down twice on its game-winning drive and topped No. 14 Rocky Mountain College 24-21 on a 3-yard TD run by quarterback Jon Jund with 30 seconds to play. The score was Jund’s second running touchdown of the game. A Hail Mary by Rocky quarterback Jacob Bakken on the final play was batted down in the end zone. Jund was 22 for 35 for 296 yards passing. Bakken was 25 for 41 for 295 yards.

Around the Region ...

• At Laramie, Wyo., Raghib Ismail Jr.'s 9-yard touchdown catch from Tyler Vander Waal with 17 seconds left capped a frantic 80-yard drive and lifted Wyoming over FCS-level Wofford 17-14. Wyoming (2-2) struggled on offense until Vander Waal caught fire in the fourth quarter, completing 11 of 17 passes for 133 yards.

How FBS Top 25 fared

1. Alabama (3-0) beat Mississippi, 62-7

2. Clemson (3-0) beat Georgia Southern, 38-7

3. Georgia (3-0) beat Middle Tennessee, 49-7

4. Ohio State (3-0) beat No. 15 TCU, 40-28

5. Oklahoma (3-0) beat Iowa State, 37-27

6. Wisconsin (2-1) lost to BYU, 24-21

7. Auburn (2-1) lost to No. 12 LSU, 22-21

8. Notre Dame (3-0) beat Vanderbilt, 22-17

9. Stanford (3-0) beat UC Davis, 30-10

10. Washington (2-1) beat Utah, 21-7

11. Penn State (3-0) beat Kent State, 63-10

12. LSU (3-0) beat No. 7 Auburn, 22-21

13. Virginia Tech (2-0) vs. East Carolina, cancelled

14. West Virginia (2-0) vs. North Carolina State, cancelled

15. TCU (2-1) lost to No. 4 Ohio State, 40-28

16. Mississippi State (3-0) beat Louisiana, 56-10

17. Boise State (2-1) lost to No. 24 Oklahoma State, 44-21

18. UCF (2-0) vs. North Carolina, cancelled

19. Michigan (2-1) beat SMU, 45-20

20. Oregon (3-0) beat San Jose State, 35-22

21. Miami, Fla. (2-1) beat Toledo, 49-24

22. USC (1-2) lost to Texas, 37-14

23. Arizona State (2-0) vs. San Diego State, late

24. Oklahoma State (3-0) beat No. 17 Boise State, 44-21

25. Michigan State (1-1), idle

How STATS FCS Top 25 fared

1. North Dakota State (2-0) beat North Alabama, 38-7

2. James Madison (3-1) beat Robert Morris, 73-7

3. South Dakota State (2-0) beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 90-6

4. North Carolina A&T (3-0), idle

5. Sam Houston State (1-1) lost to North Dakota, 24-23

6. Eastern Washington (2-1) lost to Washington State, 59-24

7. Kennesaw State (2-1) beat Alabama State, 62-13

8. Wofford (2-1) lost to Wyoming, 17-14

9. Samford (1-2) lost to Mercer, 30-24

10. Villanova (2-1) lost to Towson, 45-35

11. Weber State (2-1) beat No. 22 South Dakota, 27-10

12. Jacksonville State (1-1), idle

13. Nicholls (1-2) lost to No. 16 McNeese, 20-10

14. Elon (1-1) vs. William & Mary postponed

15. Montana (2-1) lost to Western Illinois, 31-27

16. McNeese (3-0) beat No. 13 Nicholls, 20-10

17. Maine (2-0), idle

18. Central Arkansas (1-1) vs. SE Louisiana, late

19. Illinois State (2-0), idle

20. Northern Arizona (1-2) lost to Missouri State, 40-12

21. Northern Iowa (0-2) lost to Iowa, 38-14

22. South Dakota (1-2) lost to No. 11 Weber State, 27-10

23. UC Davis (2-1) lost to Stanford, 30-10

24. Stony Brook (2-1) beat Fordham, 28-6

25. Rhode Island (2-1) lost to Connecticut, 56-49

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