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Montana St. wins first semifinal since '84, beats SDSU 31-17

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Montana State freshman quarterback Tommy Mellott accounted for four touchdowns to send the Bobcats to their first title game in 38 years with a 31-17 win over South Dakota State in a Football Championship Series semifinal game on Saturday.

Montana State (12-2) will make its first national championship appearance since 1984, facing North Dakota State in Frisco, Texas on Jan. 8. The Bison beat James Madison 20-14 on Friday night.

Mellott was 10-of-15 passing for 233 yards and threw two touchdown passes. He added 155 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on 34 carries.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: C. Oladokun3164
Passing TDs: C. Oladokun25
Rushing Yards: P. Strong Jr.1686
Rushing TDs: P. Strong Jr.18
Receiving Yards: J. Janke1165
Receiving TDs: J. Janke9
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/3 at Colorado State W 42 - 23
9/11 vs. Lindenwood W 52 - 7
9/25 at Indiana State W 44 - 0
10/2 vs. Dixie State W 55 - 7
10/9 vs. Southern Illinois L 41 - 42
10/16 at Western Illinois W 41 - 17
10/23 vs. UNI L 17 - 26
10/30 at Youngstown State W 47 - 16
11/6 vs. North Dakota State W 27 - 19
11/13 at South Dakota L 20 - 23
11/20 vs. North Dakota W 24 - 21
11/27 vs. UC Davis W 56 - 24
12/4 at Sacramento State W 24 - 19
12/11 at Villanova W 35 - 21
12/18 at Montana State L 17 - 31
Missouri Valley
  Conference Overall
1 North Dakota State 7-1 14-1
14 Missouri State 6-2 8-4
16 Southern Illinois 6-3 8-5
4 South Dakota State 5-3 11-4
18 South Dakota 5-4 7-5
23 Northern Iowa 4-4 6-6
Indiana State 3-5 5-6
North Dakota 3-5 5-6
Western Illinois 2-6 2-9
Illinois State 2-6 4-7
Youngstown State 2-6 3-7
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 6617 (3)
Passing Yards: 3434 (10)
Rushing Yards: 3183 (5)
Points per game: 36.1 (9)
Yards per game: 441.1 (13)
Touchdowns: 64 (5)
Field Goals: 19 (9)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 5263 (116)
Passing Yards: 3615 (118)
Rushing Yards: 1648 (52)
Points per game: 19.7 (20)
Yards per game: 350.9 (40)
Touchdowns: 37 (64)
Field Goals: 13 (97)
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