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Sep 8, 2012 10:38 PM by Casey Conlon - Q2 Sports

Appalachian State scores late, holds off Griz

BOONE, NC - Three years ago, the Montana Grizzlies got a late touchdown to beat Appalachian State and reach the FCS National Championship game. Saturday, the Mountaineers returned the favor.

Jamal Jackson threw for two scores and ran for another as Appalachian State held off a late run to beat the Grizzlies, 35-27.

Montana looked like they were going to tie the game at 28 after Dan Moore took a screen pass 87 yards for a touchdown with under nine minutes to play in the 4th quarter, but kicker Chris Lider missed the extra point, keeping the Griz behind by a point. Steven Miller made it 35-27 minutes later with a 2-yard TD run for the Mountaineers.

Trent McKinney drove the Griz to the App. St. 42-yard-line on Montana's final possession, but his Hail Mary was intercepted by Demetrius McCray in the Mountaineers end zone with 18 seconds left to end the game.

McKinney played like a seasoned veteran, instead of a freshman making his second career college start, for most of the game. He threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 68 yards and another score to have his hand in every Grizzly touchdown. But he also threw three interceptions, two in the 4th quarter.

Montana turned the ball over four times, compared to zero for App. St.

Moore led the Grizzlies with 238 total yards, including 145 receiving on just three catches. Sam Gratton also had over 100 yards receiving, hauling in three catches for 104 and a second quarter touchdown which tied the game 21-21 right before halftime.

Montana is now 1-1 on the season, and will host Liberty at 1:30 pm next Saturday.

The announced attendance at Kidd-Brewer Stadium was 30,856.

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