Montana hangs on to beat App. St. in FCS semifinal

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - 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.

Chase Reynolds had 193 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Montana. His second scoring run early in the third quarter made it 14-10, but Appalachian State regained the lead on Devon Moore's second touchdown with 3:52 left in the quarter. Brody McKnight tied the game 17-17 with a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth.

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