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Nolan, Beavers too much for Bobcats in 68-28 win

by Associated Press and Daily Inter Lake
| September 17, 2022 11:50 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns, and the Beavers pulled away from a 21-14 advantage to wallop Montana State 68-28 Saturday at Providence Park.

The Pac-12 Beavers, 3-0, also picked up rushing touchdowns from five different players while rolling up 222 yards on the ground.

The outgunned FCS Bobcats of the Big Sky Conference got 101 yards passing and 124 rushing from Tommy Mellott. Sean Chambers, MSU’s quarterback in red zone situations, ran for 35 yards and three scores.

Mellott, a sophomore, had 18 carries and was 9-for-18 passing with the first three interceptions of his MSU career.

Chambers’ first TD, from 7 yards out, tied the game at 7-7; Marquis Johnson’s 98-yard kickoff return drew the Bobcats to 21-14 at 10:53 of the second quarter.

Then Nolan fired scoring passes to S Bolden and Anthony Gould (9) to push the gap back to 34-14 at halftime. Oregon State got an 80-yard punt return touchdown from Gould in the third quarter for good measure. After Chambers scored his second TD, Gould added a 17-yard scoring reception to put OSU up 54-21 with 1:09 left in the third.

Montana State opens its Big Sky slate next sSaturday at 2 p.m., at Eastern Washington.

South Dakota 38, Cal Poly 21

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Sophomore Carson Camp threw for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns and ran 75 yards for a score to power South Dakota.

Camp opened the scoring for South Dakota (1-2) with his long touchdown run. He followed with 40- and 46-yard scoring strikes to Wesley Eliodor and freshman Shomari Lawrence. The Coyotes scored on their first three possessions.

Camp hooked up with freshman Jack Martens for a 70-yard score to push South Dakota’s lead to 28-7.

Spencer Brasch threw for 362 yards on 24-of-42 passing with three touchdowns and one interception for Cal Poly (1-2).

Zedakiah Centers and Chris Coleman both finished with 107 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Mustangs. Brasch and freshman Logan Booher teamed up for a 35-yard score in the first quarter.

Sac State 37, Northern Iowa 21

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Asher O’Hara ran for three touchdowns and fellow quarterback Jake Dunniway threw for another score as Sacramento State took care of business on the road.

O’Hara had two 3-yard scoring runs as the Hornets (3-0) jumped ahead 24-7, then added a third with 41 seconds left to cap the scoring.

Dunniway threw for 199 yards; O’Hare ran for 66 yards and threw for 55. Cameron Stattebo ran 11 times for 110 yards for the Hornets.

The Panthers (0-3) drew to 27-21 in the third quarter with a Theo Day 24-yard touchdown pass and a 4-yard scoring run from Vance McShane, but came no closer. Day was 20 of 36 passing for 270 yards.

North Dakota 27, Northern Arizona 24

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tommy Schuster connected with Jack Wright on a flea flicker for a 23-yard touchdown with 53 seconds left to left North Dakota.

Northern Arizona took a 24-20 lead with 1:42 left with an 11-play, 78-yard drive capped by R.J. Martinez's 12-yard completion to Coleman Owen. UND answered with a five-play, 75-yard drive.

Schuster was 21 of 32 for 206 yards and two touchdowns for North Dakota (2-1). Tyler Hoosman carried it 12 times for 102 yards.

Martinez threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns for Northern Arizona (1-2). Owen finished with nine grabs for 136 yards and two scores.

Idaho 42, Drake 14

MOSCOW, Idaho — Special teams helped Idaho score the last 35 points of the game as the Vandals rallied past Drake of the Pioneer Football League.

Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Idaho (1-2) got four field goals from Ricardo Chavez and a 79-yard punt return from Jermaine Jackson to take control.

Roshaun Johnson’s 4-yard touchdown run gave Idaho the lead for good, 17-14, with 3:31 left in the first half. Chavez hit his second field goal as the half ended, and Jackson’s return at 11:07 of the third quarter pushed the gap to 28-14.

Jackson also caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Gevani McCoy and had a 64-yard run to finish with 72 yards on three carries. Drake fell to 0-3.

Central Arkansas 31, Idaho State 16

POCATELLO, Idaho — Darius Hale ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and Central Arkansas (1-2) built a 31-3 lead over the Bengals.

Hunter Hays was 25 of 36 passing for 284 yards for Idaho State (0-3), but was intercepted twice. Benjamin Omayebu ran for both Bengal touchdowns.

Northern Colorado 21, Lamar 14

BEAUMONT, Texas — David Afari’s 10-yard scoring run broke a 7-7 at 4:08 of the second quarter, and Northern Colorado held off the Cardinals for its first win.

A 40-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Sirmon to Trevis Graham put the Bears (1-2) up 21-7 early in the second half. Lamar (0-3) closed to 21-14 with 9:12 left in the game with a 1-yard TD run by Jalen Dummett. The Cardinals saw a potential tying drive end in an interception by Tywonne Harris at the Bears’ 3-yard line wth 15 seconds left.

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