Southern Utah Holds off Montana St.

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN — QB Aaron Cantu ran for two touchdowns Saturday night to give Southern Utah enough of a lead to hold off a late rally by Montana State and win 22-14.

Cantu threw for just 88 yards and only ran for six, but was able to score two of Southern Utah’s three touchdowns, both off a 1-yard rush. Chris Robinson scored the other touchdown for the Thunderbirds (8-3, 5-2 Big Sky) with a 5-yard rush in the final minute before the half.

The Bobcats (7-4, 5-2), who were held to 87 yards rushing, didn’t score until the fourth quarter. Chad Newell ran for a 13-yard TD five minutes into the fourth and DeNarius McGhee ran in from the 1 with 2:47 remaining. McGhee finished 20 of 29 for a game-high 196 yards passing, but had only completed 4 of 9 passes for four yards by the end of the third quarter.

The Bobcats are hosting Montana in the annual Cat-Griz game, and Southern Utah battes Northern Arizona in a game with playoff implications.