Orediggers lose quarterback, game at Eastern Oregon

La Grande, Ore. — No. 15 Montana Tech lost more than a game Saturday at Community Stadium.

The Orediggers saw sophomore quarterback Quinn McQueary leave the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter of a 33-21 loss to unranked Eastern Oregon. Stats

Tech coach Chuck Morrell said the team isn’t sure of the severity of the injury to McQueary, the Montana State transfer. They will learn more when they get back in town.

Jace Billingsley scored three second-half touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers.

That came after Montana Tech took a 14-13 lead on a 3-yard Nolan Saraceni run midway through the third quarter.

Tech led 8-3 after Saraceni’s first of three touchdowns, a 1-yard scamper. The Orediggers went for two when the Mountaineers left the swinging gate open.

Josh Richards caught an 11-yard pass from Zach Bartlow, and Marc David hit a short field goal to send the Mountaineers to halftime with a 13-8 advantage.

Billingsley scored on runs of 33 and 4 yards to go on top 26-24. The second TD came with 13 seconds left on the clock in the third quarter.

The Orediggers answered with a one-play drive. Saraceni broke free for a 71-yard touchdown on the last play of the third quarter. That pulled Tech to within 26-21.

It was as close as the Orediggers got.

Billingsley added an 11-yard TD reception from Bartlow with 11:42 left in the game to cap the scoring.

Billingsley ran for 182 yards in the win. Saraceni had ran for 198 yards on 23 carries.

McQueary ran for 40 yards and passed for 40 before suffering an injury.

Sophomore Dawson Reardon completed 5 of 19 passes for 103 yards and an interception in his place.

Tech falls to 2-1 on the season, while the Mountaineers improved to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Frontier Conference play.The Orediggers are back at home next week when the College of Idaho comes to town.

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