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Mellott, Montana St hold off Weber St in wild 43-38 game

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Quarterback Tommy Mellot—referred to as "touchdown Tommy" by many Montana State football fans—runs the ball for the Bobcats on rainy afternoon against Weber State. PHOTO BY JASON BACAJ


BOZEMAN—Tommy Mellot ran for 273 yards and three touchdowns, passed for another score and Montana State held off Weber State 43-38 in a battle of top five FCS teams on Saturday.

The Bobcats (7-2, 5-0 Big Sky Conference), ranked second in the coaches poll, reeled off 34 straight points but didn’t secure the win over the fifth-ranked Wildcats (6-1, 3-1) until a fourth-down pass was dropped inside the MSU 15 with 25 seconds to play.

The ultimate difference for Montana State, which set a program record with its 17th-straight home win, was an FCS record four safeties, all coming on snaps to the punter on the cold, wet and windy day. The Wildcats had an eight-game road winning streak end.

Weber State took a 24-9 lead thanks to a 100-yard kickoff return by Abraham Williams and a 91-yard punt return by Hudson Schenk.

Mellott’s second TD run, his 15-yard pass to Derryk Snell and the second and third safeties had the Bobcats on top 27-24 at halftime.

The fourth safety, Mellott’s third TD run and R.J. Fitzgerald’s 1-yard plunge extended the lead to 43-24 late in the third quarter.

Weber State put together back-to-back long drives to regain the momentum. Ty MacPherson hauled in a 21-yard pass from Bronson Barron and after the Bobcats failed on a fourth-down conversion at the Wildcats’ 14 early in the fourth, Barron scored on a 1-yard plunge.

Pinned on their 10 after a punt with 2:07 to play, Barron converted twice on fourth-and-10 and hit an open MacPherson on fourth-and-10 from the 27 but the ball slipped through MacPherson’s hands.

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