FCS Roundup: Brown leads Montana past Dixie State; SUU falls to Sac St.

Dixie State football head coach Paul Peterson (center) addresses the team prior to the 2019 spring game in April.

Dixie State football head coach Paul Peterson (center) addresses the team prior to the 2019 spring game in April. (Keric Seegmiller, Dixie State Athletics)

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MISSOULA, Mont. — Freshman Kris Brown threw for one touchdown and ran for two in his first start and Montana defeat Dixie State 31-14 on Saturday.

Bouncing back from a loss in a Top 10 showdown last week, the Grizzlies (4-1), who dropped to No. 6 in the FCS rankings, overcame a slow start.

Brown, who replaced injured Cam Humphrey in the closing minute of the 34-28 loss to Eastern Washington, helped stretch a 3-0 halftime lead to 24-0 before the Trailblazers scored.

Dixie State's touchdown came when Brown was sacked and Devin Chandler returned a fumble 38 yards. But Brown quickly engineered an answer and scored on a 1-yard plunge for the second time.

Brown also hit Cole Grossman for a short touchdown, and Junior Bergen ran for a touchdown for Montana. Xavier Harris had 119 yards rushing for his second-straight 100-yard game.

Sacramento State runs through Southern Utah for a 41-20 win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jake Dunniway threw two touchdown passes and Asher O'Hara ran for two more scores as Sacramento State ground out a 41-20 Big Sky Conference win over Southern Utah on Saturday night.

The Hornets limited Southern Utah to just 43 yards rushing and picked off quarterback Justin Miller three times while their offense did not commit a turnover.

Sacramento State (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky Conference) ran for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Isaiah Gable scored from four-yards out for the game's first touchdown and O'Hara added scoring runs of 10 and 3 yards. Dunniway was 8 of 13 for 105 yards passing, firing an 18-yard scoring pass to Devin Gandy in the second quarter and three yards to Pierre Williams early in the fourth.

Miller was 19-of-34 passing for Southern Utah (1-5, 0-3), hitting Ethan Bolingbroke for a 13-yard touchdown and again for the two-point conversion in the third quarter.

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