Montana 48, N. Arizona 32
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) _ Brian Ah Yat passed for 510 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more scores Saturday as Montana outlasted Northern Arizona 48-32 in a Big Sky Conference showdown.
Second-ranked Montana (7-0 overall, 4-0 Big Sky) extended its home winning streak to 23 games, best in NCAA Divison I-AA. No. 6 Northern Arizona (7-2, 4-1) saw its six-game winning streak ended.
The turning point came in the third quarter, after NAU had taken a 26-20 lead on a 12-yard TD pass from Travis Brown to Gibbons St. Paul with 5:24 left.
Montana’s Josh Remington blocked the extra point, and the Grizzlies scored on a 5-yard pass from Ah Yat to Joe Douglass to take a 27-26 advantage at the 1:41 mark.
NAU’s Kino Carson fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, and Montana’s Travis Walker recovered on the 12-yard line. Three plays and 36 seconds later, Montana led 34-26 on a 20-yard pass from Ah Yat to Douglass. Douglass finished with nine catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns, including a 78-yarder in the first quarter.
NAU pulled to 34-32 with 11:26 remaining on a 24-yard run by Archie Amerson, who set the Big Sky single-season rushing record Saturday.
But the Lumberjacks’ 2-point conversion failed and just over two minutes later, Montana was in the end zone again, this time on a 14-yard pass from Ah Yat to Mike Erhardt.
The Grizzlies rounded out the scoring with a 7-yard keeper by Ah Yat with 5:52 remaining.
NAU’s Brown completed 42 of 65 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns, while Amerson, I-AA’s leading rusher, was held to 119 yards and two touchdowns, 88 yards below his average.