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Poor second half dooms Wildcats

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Montana State's scoring drought ended Saturday in a hail of second-half touchdown passes.

The Bobcats had been held scoreless for the previous six quarters until Rob Compson hit Tony Vallez with the first of three long-yardage scoring strikes early in the third quarter in Montana State's 28-14 victory over Weber State."We were driving, but we weren't putting it in the end zone," said MSU coach Cliff Hysell.

Weber State (4-4 overall, 2-3 Big Sky) led 7-0 at halftime after a 32-yard touchdown pass from Steve Buck to Taurus McGhee with two seconds left in the first quarter.

Compson connected with Vallez on a 55-yard scoring strike on the first series of the second half to tie the game, and hit Vallez again from 24 yards out with 6:19 remaining in the period to give Montana State (5-3, 4-2) a 14-7 lead.

Travis Wright scored on a 1-yard run with 2:38 left in the third quarter to put MSU up 21-7.

"Montana State kept playing hard and kept coming at us," said WSU coach Dave Arslanian. "Our defense did a really good job in the first half and didn't in the second half."

Compson hit Vallez with a 60-yard touchdown pass early in the final period.

Vallez finished the game with a school record 221 yards receiving on 11 catches. The old mark of 195 yards was set by Rob Tesch in 1990.

WSU backup John Fassel threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cam Quayle to set the final score.



Big Sky standings

Conf. Overall

Team W L W L

E. Wash. 6 1 8 1

N. Arizona 4 2 6 3

Montana St. 4 2 5 3

Montana 3 2 5 3

Portland St. 3 3 4 5

Weber St. 2 3 4 4

CS-North. 1 3 3 5

CS-Sacra. 1 4 1 6

Idaho St. 1 4 2 6

Saturday's games

Montana 21, CS Northridge 10

Idaho St. 41, N. Arizona 24

Portland St. 27, CS Sacramento 13

Montana St. 28, Weber St. 14

E. Washington 24, Idaho 21