Kirk runs Montana State past UC Davis 34-17

The Associated Press
Kirk runs Montana State past UC Davis 34-17
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In this photo provided by Montana State University, Montana State wide receiver Brian Flotkoetter (84) spins past UC Davis free safety Aarynn Jones in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Bozeman, Mont. (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Denarius McGhee completed 10 of 13 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the first half leading Montana State to a 34-17 win over UC Davis Saturday.

Cody Kirk went over the 3,000 yard mark for career rushing and scored twice for the Bobcats (6-2, 4-0 Big Sky). He finished with 119 yards on 20 carries.

After Brady Stuart's 29-yard field goal put UC Davis (3-2, 3-6) on the board in the second quarter, Gabe Manzanares capped off the Aggies following drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to make it 14-10 with 1:57 to play in the half.

MSU wasted no time answering, however, as it drove 70 yards keyed by a 45-yard pass from McGhee to running back Shawn Johnson. Kirk rolled in from the three with just :42 to play in the half, propelling MSU to a 21-10 halftime lead.

Johnson also had a 47-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter as he piled up 172 all-purpose yards - 92 receiving, 23 rushing and 57 on returns - in the first half.

Jon Ellis scored for MSU late in the third quarter on a reverse from 12 yards out and Kirk added his second touchdown midway through the fourth to put the Bobcats up 34-10.