Montana holds off UNI 20-14 in FCS showdown

CEDAR FALLS – Jerry Louie-McGee returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Montana held on to defeat Northern Iowa 20-14 on Saturday in a matchup of FCS powers.

Brady Gustafson hit Josh Horner for a 34-yard score and Tim Semenza kicked two field goals for the Grizzlies (2-0), all in the first half.

Tyvis Smith, who had 130 yards, scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter and Daurice Fountain hauled in a 28-yard pass from Aaron Bailey with 8:01 remaining to give the Panthers (1-1) a chance.

Northern Iowa, which beat Iowa State last week, had 351 yards to 206 for Montana, but also had two turnovers and was 6 of 19 on third down.

South Dakota State 56, Drake 28

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Taryn Christion threw for a career-high four touchdowns and ran in another score to lead South Dakota State to a 56-28 win over Drake on Saturday night.

Jake Wieneke hauled in three of those TD throws, his only receptions of the game, to tie a school record with 32 career touchdowns.

Drake (0-2) got touchdown throws from Cody Thibault and Grant Kraemer. Conley Wilkins had a 3-yard touchdown run, and Drew Lauer returned a kick 87 yards for a touchdown.