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Late TD by Prukop helps Montana St. hold off Portland St. 29-22, stay alive in Big Sky race

  • In this photo provided by Montana State University, Portland State quarterback Josh Kraght (18) hands off to Shaquille Richard (2) during Kraght's first game as a starter at an NCAA colalge football game against Montana State, Saturday, Nov. 8,  2014 in Bozeman, Mont.  (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)

    In this photo provided by Montana State University, Portland State quarterback Josh Kraght (18) hands off to Shaquille Richard (2) during Kraght's first game as a starter at an NCAA colalge football game against Montana State, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Bozeman, Mont. (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by Montana State University, Portland State linebacker Jeremy Lutali (30) chases Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop (5) during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 8,  2014 in Bozeman, Mont. (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)

    In this photo provided by Montana State University, Portland State linebacker Jeremy Lutali (30) chases Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop (5) during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Bozeman, Mont. (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by Montana State University, Montana State running back Gunnar Brekke breaks a tackle for a touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA football game against Portland State, Saturday, Nov. 8,  2014 in Bozeman, Mont. (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)

    In this photo provided by Montana State University, Montana State running back Gunnar Brekke breaks a tackle for a touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA football game against Portland State, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Bozeman, Mont. (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)  (The Associated Press)

Dakota Prukop and Gunnar Brekke each scored two touchdowns and Montana State ran for 329 yards to down Portland State 29-22.

The Bobcats (7-3, 5-1 Big Sky) stayed in the conference title chase with the win. Brekke, who was filling in for injured All-American Shawn Johnson, opened the scoring with a 71-yard touchdown run and MSU led the rest of the way.

PSU scored on a blocked punt for a safety in the third quarter to cut the lead to 22-15, but couldn't capitalize, while MSU tacked on Purkop's second touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Josh Kraght ran for 96 yards and a touchdown and passed for 218 yards and a last-gasp score for the Vikings (2-4, 3-7). His TD pass came with 45 seconds to play, but the Vikings were unable to recover the onside kick.