MISSOULA, Mont. -- Brady Gustafson threw for four touchdown passes, all in the first half, and Montana swamped Mississippi Valley State 67-7 on Saturday.
Gustafson completed 17 straight passes at one point in the first half, including scoring strikes covering 44 and 4 yards to Keenan Curran. The latter put the Grizzlies (4-1) up 43-7 with 41 seconds left in the second quarter. Gustafson finished 21 of 26 for 251 yards.
The Delta Devils (0-6) led 7-0 after an 88-yard drive to open the game, capped by a 3-yard run from quarterback Austin Bray. MVSU then took over at Montana's 30 after Gustafson fumbled on the Grizzlies' first drive.
But on the next play, Grizzlies linebacker Connor Strahm intercepted a Bray pass and sprinted 78 yards for the tying TD.
That started a run of 67 straight points. Montana took the lead for good on Colin Bingham's 8-yard TD reception with 8:21 left in the first. James Homan also hauled in a 4-yard TD pass, and Jeremy Calhoun added scoring runs covering 1 and 21 yards.
Bray, sharing time with Slade Jarman at quarterback, threw for 106 yards for Mississippi Valley State.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE: The Delta Devils got little going offensively aside from an 88-yard scoring drive to open the game. They rushed for minus-61 yards and had four turnovers.
MONTANA: The Grizzlies, ranked No. 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision, used a short passing game to pile up 300 yards through the air.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE: Returns home to face Southwest Conference rival Alabama State on Saturday.
MONTANA: Hosts Big Sky Conference foe Sacramento State on Saturday.
Former Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier will be coming back to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
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