Montana State defeats Eastern Washington 36-21

Denarius McGhee passed and ran for a touchdown, and Jason

Cunningham kicked five field goals as Montana State kept defending

FCS champion Eastern Washington winless with a 36-21 victory on


Cody Kirk rushed for 117 yards and a TD for the Bobcats (3-1,

1-0 Big Sky).

Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 263 yards and a touchdown for the

Eagles (0-4, 0-2), who lost for the first time on the signature red

turf that was installed last year.

After Eastern Washington closed to within 26-21 early in the

fourth quarter on Jordan Talley’s 3-yard TD run, Montana State

answered with McGee’s 12-yard scoring toss to Elvis Akpla. The

12-play, 78-yard drive included three third-down conversions.

Cunningham kicked his fifth field goal, a 43-yarder, with 2:56

remaining. In the first half, he booted two 55-yard field goals,

tying his career long.

McGhee had 150 yards passing and 83 yards rushing.