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Johnson throws for 3, runs for 1 as Montana defeats Northern Colorado 38-13

  • Montana running back Jordan Canada (26) loses his footing while cutting through the Northern Colorado defense during the fist half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)

    Montana running back Jordan Canada (26) loses his footing while cutting through the Northern Colorado defense during the fist half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montana defensive end Addison Owen (9) blocks the punt of Northern Colorado kicker Bailey Landwehr (98) during the blank first of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)

    Montana defensive end Addison Owen (9) blocks the punt of Northern Colorado kicker Bailey Landwehr (98) during the blank first of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Montana defense gang tackles Northern Colorado wide receiver Sean Leslie (83) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)

    The Montana defense gang tackles Northern Colorado wide receiver Sean Leslie (83) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)  (The Associated Press)

Jordan Johnson threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Saturday as Montana cruised past Northern Colorado, 38-13.

Johnson connected on first half touchdown passes of 9 yards to Jamaal Jones and 41 yards to Ryan Burke. Johnson completed his third touchdown pass when he hit Mike Ralston with a 21-yard scoring strike with 2:14 to play in the third quarter. He finished the day completing 11-of-19 passes for 181 yards in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.

Travon Van scored on a 71-yard scamper and Johnson ran the ball in from 9 yards out with 39 seconds to play in the first half to lead Montana (3-2) to a 28-7 halftime lead.

The lone highlight of the game for Northern Colorado (1-3) came with 3:07 to play in the first quarter when quarterback Jonathan Newsom scored on a 74-yard touchdown run.