Rocky vs. Tech football

Rocky Mountain's Sam Sparks hurdles Montana Tech defensive back Andre Brown during the Battlin' Bear's 30-27 win over the Orediggers on Saturday in Alumni Coliseum.

WALTER HINICK, 406mtsports.com

Around the Big Sky ...

• At Ogden, Utah, Stefan Cantwell threw for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter, and the Weber State defense forced five turnovers in a 41-27 victory over Montana. The Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 Big Sky Conference) led 31-0 in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Treshawn Garrett. Montana (5-3, 3-2), which saw a three-game winning streak snapped, closed within 34-20 on two touchdown passes by Gresch Jensen, but Jordan Preator returned his second interception 23 yards for a TD to seal it.

• At Bozeman, Chris Murray threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Mac Bignell had a pick-six, and Montana State beat Idaho State 28-14. MSU (4-4, 4-2 Big Sky) jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on Murray's 1-yard TD toss to Mitchell Herbert on the opening drive and on Murray's 28-yard scoring run.

• At Greeley, Colo., Patrick Tyler threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and Southern Utah took advantage of two first-quarter fumbles on its way to a 27-14 victory over Northern Colorado. Tyler was 21-of-31 passing for 294 yards with an interception for the Thunderbirds (6-2, 4-1 Big Sky), who won their fourth straight.

• At Flagstaff, Ariz., Case Cookus threw for 407 yards and a score and Northern Arizona's defense recorded two interception returns for touchdowns to lead the Lumberjacks past Sacramento State 37-17. Wes Sutton intercepted Wyatt Clapper and ran 63 yards to give Northern Arizona (6-2, 5-0 Big Sky) a 17-0 lead.

• At Davis, Calif., UC Davis rode a big first quarter by Jake Maier to take a 21-point lead and then held on for a 31-28 win over Cal Poly. Maier completed his first 11 passes and had 202 yards and three touchdowns as the Aggies (4-4, 2-3 Big Sky Conference) scored TDs on their first three possessions.

• At Portland, Ore., John Santiago broke tackle after tackle after fielding a punt, returning it 64 yards for a touchdown to help spark North Dakota to its first road win of the season, 48-21 over Portland State.

Around the Frontier ...

• At Butte, Griff Amies’ 45-yard field goal with no time left lifted Rocky Mountain College over No. 11-ranked Montana Tech 30-27. The Battlin’ Bears (5-4, 4-3) stopped the Oreddigers’ 15-game home win streak. Amies also had field goals of 32 and 30 yards. Mason Melby ran for a  career-high 158 yards on 16 carries, including a 64-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Freshman quarterback Drew Korf finished 23 of 36 passing for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Jed Fike rushed for 149 yards and two scores for Montana Tech and quarterback Quinn McQueary was 22 of 36 passing for 213 yards. He was intercepted three times. It is Rocky’s first win over a nationally ranked opponent since Sept. 10, 2016, when it defeated No. 22 Carroll College 21-20, and it's the first road win against a ranked team since it beat No. 21 Montana Tech 13-6 on Sept. 28, 2013.

• At Havre, Carroll College rushed for 539 yards and had 658 yards in total offense in rolling past Montana State-Northern 59-7. Saints quarterback Reese Hiibel rushed for 145 yards on eight carries and Ryan Arnston added 128 yards on the ground on 14 attempts. Arnston ran and passed for a touchdown. Carroll limited the Lights to 97 yards in total offense.

• At Ashland, Ore., quarterback Tanner Trosin passed for 502 yards and three touchdowns in Southern Oregon’s 44-19 win over Montana Western. Rey Vegas ran for tw scores for the unbeaten Red Raiders. Bulldogs’ quarterback Bennett Gibson finished 22 of 44 passing for 381 yards and three touchdowns. The two teams combined for 1,097 yards in total offense.

• At LaGrande, Ore., quarterback Darius Peterson ran for a touchdown and passed for another to lead College of Idaho past Eastern Oregon 38-20. Mountaineers quarterback Kai Quinn passed for 288 yards and two scores and added 84 yards rushing. Calvin Connors had nine catches for 118 yards for EOU. 

Around the region ...

• At Moscow, Idaho, Matt Linehan had his first 300-yard passing game of the year as he threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns and Idaho held off Louisiana Monroe 31-23. Idaho (3-5, 2-2 Sun Belt Conference) led 31-7 with 8:46 left in the third.

• At Laramie, Wyo., Josh Allen passed for four touchdowns — two to Austin Fort, who also ran for another — as Wyoming defeated turnover-prone New Mexico 42-3. The Cowboys (5-3, 3-1 Mountain West) took advantage of seven Lobos turnovers, converting the first five into touchdowns in building a 42-0 lead at halftime.

How FBS Top 25 fared

1. Alabama (8-0), idle

2. Penn State (7-1) lost to No. 6 Ohio State, 39-38

3. Georgia (8-0) beat Florida, 42-7

4. TCU (7-1) lost to No. 25 Iowa State, 14-7

5. Wisconsin (8-0) beat Illinois, 24-10

6. Ohio State (7-1) beat No. 2 Penn State, 39-38

7. Clemson (7-1) beat Georgia Tech, 24-10

8. Miami, Fla. (7-0) beat North Carolina, 24-19

9. Notre Dame (7-1) beat No. 14 North Carolina State, 35-14

10. Oklahoma (7-1) beat Texas Tech, 49-27

11. Oklahoma State (7-1) beat West Virginia, 50-39

12. Washington (7-1) beat UCLA, 44-23

13. Virginia Tech (7-1) beat Duke, 24-3

14. North Carolina State (6-2) lost to No. 9 Notre Dame, 35-14

15. Washington State (7-2) lost to Arizona, 58-37

16. Michigan State (6-2) lost to Northwestern, 39-31 (3OT)

17. South Florida (7-1) lost to Houston, 28-24

18. UCF (7-0) beat Austin Peay, 73-33

19. Auburn (6-2), idle

20. Stanford (6-2) beat Oregon State, 15-14 (Thursday)

21. USC (6-2) vs. Arizona State, late

22. West Virginia (5-3) lost to No. 11 Oklahoma State, 50-39

23. LSU (6-2), idle

24. Memphia (7-1) beat Tulane, 56-26 (Friday)

25. Iowa State (6-2) vs. No. 4 TCU, 14-7

How FCS Top 25 fared

1. James Madison (8-0) beat No. 16 New Hampshire, 21-0

2. North Dakota State (8-0) beat No. 25 Northern Iowa, 30-14

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3. Jacksonville State (7-1) beat SE Missouri, 23-7

4. Central Arkansas (7-1) beat No. 18 McNeese, 47-17

5. Sam Houston State (7-1) beat SE Louisiana, 33-23

6. North Carolina A&T (8-0), idle

7. South Dakota (7-1) beat Southern Illinois, 42-0

8. Samford (5-3) lost to Chattanooga, 23-21

(tie) South Dakota State (5-2) beat No. 14 Western Illinois, 52-24

10. Wofford (7-1) beat East Tennessee, 31-24

11. Elon (7-1) beat No. 15 Villanova, 19-14

12. Eastern Washington (5-3), idle

13. Grambling (7-1) beat Texas Southern, 50-24

14. Western Illinois (5-3) lost to No. 9 South Dakota State, 52-24

15. Villanova (4-4) lost to No. 11 Elon, 19-14

16. New Hampshire (5-3) lost to No. 1 James Madison, 21-0

17. Richmond (4-4) lost to Stony Brook, 27-24

18. McNeese (6-2) lost to No. 4 Central Arkansas, 47-17

19. Youngstown State (3-5) lost to No. 21 Illinois State, 35-0

20. Western Carolina (6-3) lost to Furman, 28-6

21. Illinois State (6-2) beat Youngstown State, 35-0

22. Weber State (6-2) beat Montana, 41-27

23. Nicholls (6-2) beat Incarnate Word, 38-31

24. Northern Arizona (6-2) beat Sacramento State, 37-17

25. Northern Iowa (4-4) lost to No. 2 North Dakota State, 30-14

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