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Rapid reaction: No. 8 Montana Grizzlies 38, Portland State Vikings 23

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Posted at 6:29 PM, Nov 02, 2019

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Cam Humphrey threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns, three to receiver Samori Toure, as No. 8 Montana ran away from Portland State 38-23 at Hillsboro Stadium. Toure finished with seven receptions for 140 yards and three scores.

The win didn’t come easy for Montana, though, after turnovers in the first half led to 14 Portland State points, as the Vikings took a 17-14 lead into halftime. But Humphrey and Toure connected on two touchdowns in the third quarter and the Montana defense had two interceptions in the second half to secure the win.

TURNING POINT: The beginning of the third quarter, when Montana’s defense forced Portland State to punt. The Griz offense did the rest, scoring four plays later when Humphrey found Toure for a 42-yard touchdown, the second scoring connection for the duo in the game. They added their third four minutes later to give the Griz a cushion.

STAT OF THE GAME: Humphrey’s efficiency. The QB completed 21 of 28 passes, taking what the Portland State defense gave him, in leading the Griz to their seventh win of the season. Humphrey finished with a rating of 222.6, per the official game stats.

GAME BALLS: Humphrey, Toure, Jace Lewis. Humphrey was nearly perfect, less a second-quarter fumble that led to Portland State’s touchdown that gave it a 17-14 lead at halftime. Dalton Sneed’s replacement threw for 335 yards, four touchdowns and didn’t throw an interception. Toure made things easier on Humphrey, taking three of his seven receptions for touchdowns. Lewis had multiple big plays, including a trio of sacks and tackles-for-loss, one of the latter on a fourth-down attempt that Lewis stopped in the backfield.

WHAT’S NEXT: Montana (7-2 overall, 4-1 in Big Sky Conference) returns to Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the next two weeks, hosting Idaho (4-5, 2-3) for the Little Brown Stein rivalry game. The Vandals lead the all-time series 55-28-2, but the Grizzlies have won five consecutive dating back to 2000, including last year’s 46-27 win in Moscow. Montana concludes its season with a home game against Weber State (Nov. 16) before finishing on the road at Montana State (Nov. 23).