Blocked punt lifts North Dakota past Montana State
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Alex Cloyd blocked a punt in the end zone and Jayson Coley recovered for a touchdown to spark North Dakota’s 16-12 victory over Montana State on Saturday.
Cloyd lined up at left tackle, broke through a block and smothered the punt. Coley recovered for the Fighting Hawks (5-3) as the ball was bouncing out of the end zone toward the field of play.
Both teams scored one touchdown on offense. Fighting Hawks backup quarterback Brock Boltmann threw a touchdown on his only pass attempt, 36 yards to Travis Toivonen for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. Montana State’s only touchdown came on Troy Andersen’s go-ahead 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter for a 12-10 lead.
North Dakota starting quarterback Nate Ketteringham completed 27 of 36 attempts for 220 yards. He was sacked four times.