Cold rejection: Montana stops App. St.

MISSOULA, Mont. - Jabin Sambrano caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Selle with 1:31 left, and Montana survived a last-second rally by Appalachian State in 24-17 win Saturday that propelled the Grizzlies into the Football Championship Subdivision title game.

Montana (14-0) reached the title game for the second straight year, and will play Villanova on Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Mountaineers (11-3) had a chance to tie it after marching inside the Montana 5, but Armanti Edwards' pass fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired.


At Philadelphia, Navy has turned sports' most patriotic rivalry into one of the most one-sided.

The Mids did more than extend Army's series misery in the 110th meeting between the two service academies, they denied the Black Knights their first bowl bid in 13 years.

Ricky Dobbs ran and threw for a score to help Navy beat Army for their eighth consecutive win in the series. The loss ended the Black Knights' chances of playing in their first bowl game since 1996.

Dobbs set an NCAA single-season record for touchdowns scored by a quarterback with 24, and threw the go-ahead TD to help Navy improve to 54-49-7 overall against Army and take its biggest lead in a series that began in 1890.

Navy won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded to the team with the best record in games between the three service academies, for a school-record seventh straight year.

The Mids (9-4) have a postseason date against Missouri in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 31. Army (5-7) would have played in the EagleBank Bowl with a win, but that matchup is now Temple vs. UCLA at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 29.



At Birmingham, Ala., Prairie View A&M is a conference champion for the first time in 45 years.

K.J. Black threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns, two coming in the fourth quarter, and the Panthers ralllied for a victory against the Bulldogs in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game.

AP Source: Gill offered Kansas job. At Kansas City, Mo., Buffalo coach Turner Gill has been offered the same job at Kansas, a person familiar with the search told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the move.

Gill is 20-30 in four years with the Bulls. There was no indication when a deal with Gill, a former Nebraska quarterback, might be finalized.

Yahoo! Sports reported Gill had agreed to take over for Mark Mangino, who resigned Dec. 3 after a two-week investigation into his treatment of players. The Lawrence Journal-World and also reported Gill, 47, had accepted the job.