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EAGAN, Minnesota (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings gave up the cornerback in a surprise move to a position where they have little depth. Breeland was initially listed as questionable to play in Chicago on Monday night for an unspecified reason unrelated to injury. Two hours later, the eighth-year veteran was fired. NFL Network reported that Breeland had a verbal altercation with coaches and teammates in practice. Breeland started all 13 Vikings games with two forced fumbles and two interceptions.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – Montana State freshman quarterback Tommy Mellott scored four touchdowns to send the Bobcats to their first title game in 38 years with a 31-17 victory over Dakota State from South in a Football Championship Series semi-final match. Montana State (12-2) will make their first national championship appearance since 1984, facing North Dakota State on January 8. Mellott had 10 of 15 passes for 233 yards and threw two touchdown passes. He added 155 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. Chris Oladokun had 315 passing yards and a touchdown for SDSU. Pierre Strong Jr. had 94 rushing yards and one touchdown.

SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) – Sophomore Keegan Murray scored a career-high 35 points and Iowa claimed a 94-75 victory over Utah State in a neutral venue game at the Sanford Pentagon. Murray knocked down 13 of 17 shots from the ground with two 3-pointers and seven rebounds for the Hawkeyes (8-3), who ended a three-game losing streak. Murray entered the game second in the country averaging 22.2 points – even after being limited to nine points, the season’s lowest, on 4 of 17 shots in a loss to the No.17 of Iowa State last time. Kris Murray – Keegan’s twin brother – added 17 points off the bench for the Hawkeyes. Brandon Horvath led the Aggies (8-4) with 18 points.

GRAND FORKS, ND (AP) – Hunter Schofield scored 18 points as Dixie State beat North Dakota 78-69. Paul Bruns led the Fighting Hawks with 21 points, a season-high.

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