Sacramento St. defeats Montana 31-24 in OT, remains undefeated

Jake Dunniway threw two touchdown passes, Asher O’Hara ran for two touchdowns in the final minutes of regulation and the first set of overtime – the second of which gave Sacramento State its first game lead and the Hornets beat the Montana 31-24 Saturday night.

Cameron Skattebo rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries for Sacramento State (7-0, 4-0 Big Sky) — ranked No. 3 in FCS coaching and off to his best start in program history.

O’Hara – who shares time with Dunniway at quarterback – took the snap and faked a throw to Skattebo on his left before scoring a 6 on a QB counterplay to give the Hornets a 31-24 lead on the first overtime possession.

FCS No. 7 Montana failed to convert a fourth-and-8 on his ensuing possession.

Kyle Sentkowski threw a 27-yard field goal that cut the Hornets’ deficit to 24-17 with 5:54 left in regulation and Sacramento State recovered the ensuing onside kick, which put up a 4-yard touchdown by O’Hara about 2 1/2 minutes later, it finally forced overtime.

Montana (5-2, 2-2) led 10-0 in the second quarter, 17-7 late in the third and Nick Ostmo scored on a 2-yard run to give the Grizzlies a 24-14 lead at 8:42. left in the settlement.

Montana has lost consecutive games.


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Naomi C. Amerson