Against up-tempo Eastern Washington three weeks ago, Montana State’s defense allowed 52 points and nearly 600 yards. A week later, the Bobcats held pro-style North Dakota to 18 points and fewer than 300 yards.
A closer look at Montana State's game at UC Davis on Saturday. Montana is idle this week:
The ebbs and flows of a 59-56 victory over Sacramento State bewildered Montana State coach Rob Ash and his staff, especially after they took a look at the damning video evidence.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The pregame billing was for a shootout in the scorching heat.
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.
What a fiasco. Central Arkansas made a huge comeback in the fourth quarter against the Bobcats, but MSU held on for a 43-33 victory. The game was well in hand for MSU early, and that became dangerous as the Bears fought back.
BOZEMAN — Montana State’s first Football Championship Subdivision matchup comes in the form of power-running, pressure-defending Central Arkansas, an esteemed member of the Southland Conference that’s made three playoff appearances in the past six seasons.
BOZEMAN — The rehab is over, the pain is gone, and the only things left are a wide smile and a renewed hunger for Montana State linebacker Na’a Moeakiola.
BOZEMAN – Familiarity bred contentment for Rob Ash after Montana State’s second fall practice.
BOZEMAN -- Montana State announced its football captains at the conclusion of the Sonny Holland spring scrimmage Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
The Bobcats have experienced a huge surge on the turnover ledger this season. At plus-10 entering this week’s game vs. UC Davis, MSU is at its highest point in that important statistic during Rob Ash’s seven-year tenure as coach.
It's been a season of numbers-crunching here on the blog. More, it seems, than in previous years. So let's keep it going, and take a look at the production of the Bobcats' pass defense.
Montana State's 11 victories last year were its most single-season wins in a generation. In fact, the Bobcats are fresh off a three-year run where they went 30-8 overall and 21-3 in the Big Sky Conference. The latter record is tops in the league in that span.
Kane Ioane has seen it all at Montana State, from when the football program was erased like a chalkboard and rebuilt from scratch when he came in as a freshman in 2000, all the way to 2012 when it won more games than it had in nearly 30 years.
We're one day closer to kickoff for the 112th meeting between Montana and Montana State -- the biggest event in our great state every year.
Montana State has not lost to Portland State in Rob Ash’s tenure as head coach.