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.
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.
Vernon Adams and Eastern Washington nearly did it again.
Dakota Prukop totaled five first-half touchdowns -- three rushing, two passing -- as Montana State cruised to a 57-10 win over Black Hills State in the Bobcats' home opener.
BOZEMAN — This was the Dakota Prukop the Bobcats are counting on — the one that transformed his game so considerably from last season that the coaches had no choice but to name him the starting quarterback.
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.
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.
Arkansas State and Montana State have been on each other’s radar all summer: It’s what’s known as a “guarantee” game, meaning the MSU athletic department will reap a nice windfall (somewhere in the ballpark of $350,000) for making the trip.
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.
Five questions facing Montana State ahead of the 2014 season:
NOTE: This is the ninth (and final) installment of a summer-long series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2014 Big Sky Conference football season.
Three entered, one emerged: Dakota Prukop was anointed the starting quarterback at Montana State on Monday.
BOZEMAN, Mont. – No puff of white smoke wafted from Bobcat Stadium on Saturday, but in the hours after Montana State’s final full football scrimmage of fall camp the fire was ready for stoking.
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.