Kirk runs Montana State past UC Davis 34-17

Denarius McGhee completed 10 of 13 passes for 153 yards and two

touchdowns in the first half leading Montana State to a 34-17 win

over UC Davis Saturday.

Cody Kirk went over the 3,000 yard mark for career rushing and

scored twice for the Bobcats (6-2, 4-0 Big Sky). He finished with

119 yards on 20 carries.

After Brady Stuart’s 29-yard field goal put UC Davis (3-2, 3-6)

on the board in the second quarter, Gabe Manzanares capped off the

Aggies following drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to make it 14-10

with 1:57 to play in the half.

MSU wasted no time answering, however, as it drove 70 yards

keyed by a 45-yard pass from McGhee to running back Shawn Johnson.

Kirk rolled in from the three with just :42 to play in the half,

propelling MSU to a 21-10 halftime lead.

Johnson also had a 47-yard touchdown reception in the first

quarter as he piled up 172 all-purpose yards – 92 receiving, 23

rushing and 57 on returns – in the first half.

Jon Ellis scored for MSU late in the third quarter on a reverse

from 12 yards out and Kirk added his second touchdown midway

through the fourth to put the Bobcats up 34-10.