Big Sky Conference
MISSOULA -- The last thing North Dakota’s anemic offense needs right now is a date with Montana’s imposing defense.
BOZEMAN -- Montana rallied from a two-set deficit Saturday in beating Montana State 16-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-12 in Big Sky Conference volleyball at Shroyer Gym.
BOZEMAN — Montana State celebrated its past and got a look at its future on Saturday, and the view is pretty good.
BOZEMAN — With one final defensive stop last week, Montana State would have knocked off No. 2-ranked Eastern Washington and taken a huge measure of momentum into its all-important Big Sky Conference opener.
Shawn Johnson fashioned a huge performance even though Montana State let one slip away last week against Eastern Washington. Johnson’s totals: 150 rushing yards, 62 receiving yards, 162 return yards and three touchdowns.
Cats at a glance
BOZEMAN — When it was over and the dust from a 54-29 loss to Eastern Washington had settled, Montana State defensive coordinator Jamie Marshall plopped down in the team bus, shuffled the music on his iPhone, and Daniel Powter’s hit song “Bad Day” began playing.
Montana State was assailed for buying its way out of a schedule game with FCS steamroller and reigning national champion North Dakota State prior to the 2013 season. The Bobcats were running scared, the cynics cried.
BOZEMAN — As the Bobcats started to unravel in the fourth quarter, it felt like they were already looking ahead to what’s next — a formidable task against Eastern Washington and the fastest, most furious offense in the land.
MISSOULA — Joe Glenn’s coming to town and the Grizzlies have a night game, so it should be hopping around Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Saturday.
MISSOULA — When it comes to lingering disappointment, coach Joe Glenn is not afraid share his feelings.
MISSOULA -- Ian Shoemaker attended a small, prestigious college in Iowa where he was MVP of the football team at running back and set school standards as a baseball slugger.
HELENA — The University of Montana football team is ranked fourth by the media and fifth by Football Championship Subdivision coaches after its 17-12 loss at Wyoming on Saturday.
BOZEMAN -- Montana State senior wideout Brian Flotkoetter looks back on last week’s 37-10 loss at Arkansas State with frustration. Things just spiraled out of control.
A look at the Week 2 matchups for the Bobcats and Grizzlies, plus three other games of note in the Big Sky Conference:
Rob Ash's eighth season as coach at Montana State commences Saturday, and there’s guarded optimism in the air rather than the full-on certainty of past years.
BOZEMAN -- Dakota Prukop looks you in the eye when he speaks. Maybe that’s the way he’ll play quarterback: Confident, concise and without hesitation.
A juggernaut has sent a clear message to the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington is picking up right where it left off.
One major area of concern for Montana’s football team heading into preseason workouts was the tight end position.
Nate Harris is a perfectionist.