Jordan Johnson threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Friday night as Montana routed Northern Iowa 48-10 to advance to the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Fourth-seeded Montana (11-2) will next face Sam Houston State after beating MSU 48 to 13 Saturday.

Fifth-seeded Northern Iowa (10-3) got on the board first when Tirrell Rennie connected with Jarred Herring on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

But it was all Grizzlies after that.

Jordan finished with 196 yards passing and 86 yards rushing.

Touchdown runs by Jordan Canada, Peter Nguyen and Johnson plus a 5-yard pass from Johnson to Kavario Middleton sent Montana to the locker room with a 28-10 lead.

It was more of the same in the second half. Johnson connected with Sam Gratton on scoring tosses of 8 and 25 yards, and Donny Lisowski returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown to round out the scoring.

Associated Press