MISSOULA, Mont. -- — Clifton McDowell threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and Montana scored on a gadget play to hold off Idaho State 28-20 on Saturday.
The Grizzlies (4-1, 1-1 Big Sky Conference) never trailed. After Eli Gillman's 3-yard run with 7:37 to play capped the scoring, the Bengals (1-4, 1-1) turned the ball over on downs and had Corbin Walker pick off a pass with 2:28 to play, securing the homecoming win.
McDowell was 13-of-20 passing for 160 yards and had a game-high 66 yards on 20 rushes. His 8-yard run made it 7-0 on the game-opening drive and his 2-yard pass to Aaron Fontes made it 14-7.
Montana's third touchdown was a 15-yarder from wide receiver Sawyer Racanelli to Evan Shafer. Racanelli took the reverse left before the lefty pulled up and hit the wide-open Shafer.
Jordan Cooke threw three touchdowns for the Bengals, but they missed the extra point on the third one early in the fourth quarter. Montana followed that with a 12-play drive that ate up 6 1/2 minutes before Gillman scored.
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