DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Defensive tackle Zach Minter returned an interception 5 yards to the 1 to set up Tray Robinson's go-ahead touchdown run in undefeated Montana State's 48-41 victory over UC Davis on Saturday night.
Robinson's 1-yard run on third down gave the Bobcats (6-0, 3-0 Big Sky) a 45-41 lead with 8:40 left, and Rory Perez added a 34-yard field goal with 2:23 left.
UC Davis (2-4, 1-2) drove to the 15 in the final minute, but a holding penalty and a sack set up a fourth-down pass into the end zone that was knocked away by the Bobcats' Joel Fuller with 16 seconds left.
Montana State is 6-0 for the first time since winning its first eight games in 1978.
"We believe in each other, we play for each other, and in the end we stayed strong and stayed resilient because of each other," Minter said.
The Bobcats scored the final 24 points of the first half to take a 31-14 lead, but UC Davis countered with 24 straight points in the third quarter for a 38-31 advantage.
The Bobcats tied it at 38 on Robinson's 1-yard run early in the fourth, and UC Davis pulled ahead again on Brady Stuart's 28-yard field goal with 12:26 to go.
"If we have an identity, it's that we play hard all the time. It's the thing that I'm most proud of," Aggies coach Bob Biggs said. "Regardless of the score, they just fight. I thought we were very physical in the third quarter. We just had a lot of momentum going. The kids were playing with a lot of heart, kept believing and just came up short."