BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Zach Zenner rushed for 252 yards in light snow and scored a career-best five touchdowns as South Dakota State produced a 47-40 win against Montana State in the opener of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.
Montana State (8-5) scored with 1:10 left and Dakota Prukop passed for the two-point conversion to make it 47-40. The Jackrabbits (9-4) fumbled the onside kick, but Connor Landberg recovered to save the game.
Zenner, a Walter Payton Award candidate, broke free for 45 yards and a TD on the second snap of the game, and added scoring runs of 7, 60 and 69 yards to go with a 69-yard TD catch from Austin Summer.
Chad Newell rushed for five TDs for the Bobcats. Newell and Zenner swapped third-quarter TDs, the latter's 60-yarder putting SDSU up for good 31-26.