Montana State is essentially the No. 8 seed in the 2011 FCS Playoffs; in a bracket that sets the Bobcats up for a third round match-up with No. 1 seed Sam Houston State, they weren't expected to go far. But in a thrilling 26-25 comeback win over New Hampshire in the second round, the Bobcats at least earned their passage to a second game.
New Hampshire built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter; Montana State closed that to 12-9 midway through the second quarter. The Wildcats moved out to 19-9, too, but the Bobcats made it 19-16 before the end of the first half.
And then, when the Bobcats built a 26-19 lead with 10 straight points in the fourth quarter and intercepted a pass to kill a late Wildcats drive, New Hampshire capitalized on a shanked punt to come back to score a touchdown with seven seconds to go.
But kicker Mike MacArthur hit the right upright on what would have been the game-tying extra point, preserving Montana State's lead and victory.
Montana State can thank dual-threat quarterback DeNarius McGhee for their victory: he threw for 167 yards and a touchdown, and atoned for three interceptions with 96 yards on the ground and two scores.
New Hampshire quarterback Kevin Decker threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.