Weber St. snaps Montana win streak

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Cameron Higgins overcame a bad first quarter and threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns as Weber State defeated Football Championship Subdivision No. 3 Montana 45-28 for the Wildcats first win over the Grizzlies in 10 years.

Trevyn Smith led the way on the ground for Weber State (4-2, 2-0 Big Sky Conference) with 158 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown. He also had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Cole Bergquist was 14-of-26 for 273 yards and two touchdowns for the Grizzlies (4-1, 0-1) who had their 25-game regular season winning streak come to an end.

The Wildcats, who sacked Bergquist seven times, also gave the Grizzlies their first conference loss in 17 games after Montana went 16-0 over the past two seasons.

Bergquist scored on a 7-yard run to give the Grizzlies a 21-10 lead with 8:43 left in the second quarter. But the Wildcats scored three straight touchdowns, including Mike Phillips' second touchdown on the half which came on an 8-yard pass with 15 seconds left, to lead 31-21 at the break.

Smith made a diving catch in the end zone on a 30-yard pass from Higgins and then Brendon Doyle ran 20 yards for another WSU touchdown.

Phillips' first score came early in the second quarter on a 28-yard pass from Higgins, who completed 21-of-30 passes in the game. Montana took a 14-3 lead in the first quarter after Chase Reynolds scored on a 10-yard run and Bergquist found Tyler Palmer on a 75-yard scoring pass.

But WSU's defense held the Grizzlies to just seven points in the second half. Smith scored on a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter following Montana's third turnover of the game to give the Wildcats a 38-21 lead.

Bergquist answered with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mike Ferriter to cut WSU's lead back to 10, but Higgins wasn't done. Less than two minutes later he hit Bryant Eteuati on a 28-yard scoring pass.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-10-04-08 1706MDT

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