North Dakota takes down Montana with Love

DICKINSON, N.D. — Ben Love booted six field goals, including a 36-yarder in overtime Saturday night as North Dakota topped Montana 25-22 in the Badlands Bowl.

Love also booted a 24-yard to tie the game at 22 with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Eric Bachmeier scored on a 3-yard run for North Dakota’s lone touchdown in the game.

Will Weyer threw a pair of TD passes for Montana. He hooked up with Eric Dawson for a 13-yard strike in the first quarter. He put Montana up 22-19 late in the fourth quarter with a 72-yard TD connection with Wyatt David.

Weyer passed for 285 yards. The ND defense, though, picked him off three times. North Dakota also held the Montana squad to zero rushing yards.

Butte High graduate Peter Granger made the trip to Dickinson as the lone Bulldog on the Montana roster. He did not, however, show up in the box score.

Montana still holds a 15-6 lead over North Dakota in the series. Saturday’s contest was the first overtime battle of the rivalry.

Montana                       7    0   7   8   0 22
North Dakota                        10   6   3   3   3
25
First quarter

MT — Eric Dawson 13 pass from Will Weyer (Matthew Martinez-Tillman kick), 10:15.
ND — Eric Bachmeier 3 run (Ben Love kick), 6:38.
ND — Love 40 field goal, 2:28.
Second quarter
ND — Love 25 field goal, 13:33.
ND — Love 47 field goal, :24.
Third quarter
MT — Evan Epperly 35-yard interception return (Martinez-Tillman kick), 12:46.
ND — Love 24 field goal, :28.
Fourth quarter
MT — Wyatt David 72 pass from Weyer (Dawson pass from Weyer), 2:20.
ND — Love 24 field goal, :03.
Overtime
ND — Love 36 field goal.
MT                  ND
First downs                 12                    14
Rushes-yards               24-0                 42-83
Passing                        18-36-3            15-30-2
Passing yards              285                  232
Total yards                  285                  315
Penalties                      8-75                 7-50
Fumbles-lost                0-0                   0-0
Individual statistics
Rushing
— Montana: Hunter Gappmayer 11-19, Noah James 5-8, Eric Bachmeier 1-0, Will Weyer 7-(-27). North Dakota: Brady Thielges 16-31, Chad Bartosh 15-27, Eric Bachmeier 5-17, Levi Hoiby 4-6, Kimani Benjamin 1-4, Kolton Larson 1-(-2).
Passing — Montana: Will Weyer 18-36-3, 285 yards. North Dakota: Chad Bartosh 15-30-2, 232 yards.
Receiving — Montana: Eric Dawson 6-103, John D’Agostino 3-75, Wyatt David 1-72, Zach Hollenback 2-28, Teague Blome 3-10, Hunter Gappmayer 2-(-5). North Dakota: Dylan Skabo 7-100, Hunter Braaten 3-60, Eric Bachmeier 3-52, Wyatt Mund 1-15, Brady Thielges 1-5.



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