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Mellott's 5 TDs help Montana St. beat Sam Houston 42-19

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Tommy Mellott accounted for five touchdowns to help Montana State beat No. 1 seed Sam Houston 42-19 on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs and snapped the Bearkats' 22-game win streak.

Eighth-seeded Montana State (11-2), which did not participate in the spring season brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, plays South Dakota State - which upset No. 5 seed Villanova in another quarterfinal game - next weekend. The Bobcats also advanced to the semifinals in 2019 before losing 42-14 to eventual-champion North Dakota State. South Dakota State lost to the Bearkats in last May's championship game.

Mellott and Lance McCutcheon connected on a 30-yard pass and the Bearkats called for face mask and pass interference penalties before wide receiver Willie Patterson took a direct snap, rolled to his right and threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Mellott. Four plays later, after Tre Webb intercepted a pass by Sam Houston's Eric Schmid, Mellott dropped a 31-yard TD pass over the shoulder of tightly-covered Patterson's shoulder to make it 14-0 with 11:43 left in the first quarter.

Passing Yards: E. Schmid2805
Passing TDs: E. Schmid29
Rushing Yards: R. Jefferson1161
Rushing TDs: R. Jefferson13
Receiving Yards: I. Adeyi747
Receiving TDs: I. Adeyi10
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 at Northern Arizona W 42 - 16
9/11 vs. Southeast Missouri State W 52 - 14
9/25 at Central Arkansas W 45 - 35
10/2 at Stephen F. Austin W 21 - 20
10/9 vs. Lamar W 41 - 7
10/23 vs. Jacksonville State W 42 - 7
10/30 at Tarleton State W 45 - 27
11/6 vs. Dixie State W 59 - 10
11/13 vs. Eastern Kentucky W 42 - 28
11/20 at Abilene Christian W 35 - 9
12/4 vs. UIW W 49 - 42
12/11 vs. Montana State L 19 - 42
Western Athletic
  Conference Overall
5 Sam Houston State 5-0 11-1
21 Stephen F. Austin 4-1 8-4
Abilene Christian 3-2 5-6
Tarleton State 2-3 6-5
Dixie State 0-3 1-10
Lamar 0-5 2-9
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