UNH Football falls to Montana in national Quarterfinals, 47-17
Ricky Santos

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Craig Ochs passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns and Lex Hilliard rushed for 107 yards and two more scores to lead Montana to a 47-17 victory over New Hampshire in an NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinal.

No. 7 Montana (11-2) will play host to the winner of the Sam Houston State-Eastern Washington quarterfinal at noon next Saturday.

The teams traded field goals on their first possessions and punts on their next but it was all Montana the rest of the way.

Ochs completed 16 consecutive passes during a stretch from late in the first quarter to early in the third quarter as Montana built a 37-3 lead on an 18-yard touchdown reception by Jefferson Heidelberger with 11:07 left in the third quarter.

Ochs' third TD pass, a 3-yarder to Jon Talmage with 4:57 left in the third, put Montana up 44-3.

Dan Carpenter kicked two 31-yard field goals, the last one giving Montana a 47-3 lead with 14:17 remaining.

Against the Montana backups, No. 5 New Hampshire (10-3) put together a 10 play, 87-yard drive that ended with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Ricky Santos to Jonathan Williams with 11:22 remaining.

John McCoy scored on a 2-yard run with 2:44 remaining for New Hampshire.

Heidelberger caught seven passes for 107 yards and Levander Segars also caught a scoring pass for Montana. Hilliard scored on runs of 7 and 4 yards and Justin Green ran for a 1-yard TD with 1:39 left in the half.

Santos passed for 199 of his 347 yards in the fourth quarter.

Connor McCormick kicked a 35-yard field goal midway through the first quarter for New Hampshire's first score.

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