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Montana St. 31, CS Northridge 20

October 18, 1997

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) _ Eric Kinnaman and Travis Wright each rushed for 100 yards and Rob Compson threw three touchdown passes to lead Montana State to a 31-20 Big Sky Conference victory over Cal State Northridge Saturday.

Montana State’s defense also picked off five Northridge passes, and MSU running back Kenyatte Morgan returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.

Montana State now is 3-1 in conference play, 4-2 overall. Northridge fell to 1-2 in the league and 3-4 overall.

It was the first time this season an MSU running back reached the century mark. Wright had 25 carries and Kinnaman 22.

Montana State picked up 380 total yards _ 228 on the ground and 152 in the air. Compson completed 12-of-23 passes and was intercepted twice.

Northridge scored first on a 39-yard Manny Marquez field goal midway through the first period.

Compson got Montana State on the board early in the second quarter with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tony Vallez and hit Terrence Crump from three yards out later in the period to put MSU up 14-3.

Northridge quarterback Josh Fiske hit Jerome Henry with a three-yard scoring strike with 5:52 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14-10, but Compson connected with tight end Scott Harry from six yards out to put Montana State up 21-10 with 2:45 left in the period.

Fiske cut the lead to 21-17 at the end of the quarter with an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Aaron Arnold and a 44-yard Marquez field goal with 11: 33 remaining in the game pulled Northridge to within 21-20.

Morgan returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards to give MSU a 28-20 advantage and Goeff Groshelle hit a 24-yard field goal with 7:45 left in the game to set the final score.

Northridge finished with 405 yards total offense. Fiske completed 30-of-47 passes for 295 yards, but was intercepted five times. Northridge rushed for 110 yards.

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