BOZEMAN — Rob Ash wasn’t in the mood for a postmortem on this snowy Saturday night. But he did offer a glaringly obvious observation following Montana State’s 47-40 first-round playoff loss to South Dakota State.
MISSOULA — There's still a good chance Montana will make the playoffs with wins the next two Saturdays.
That Vernon Adams, he’s quite a quarterback. Even at 70 percent health, he’s still the best player in the Big Sky Conference.
MISSOULA -- Garrett Safron and his pals put up 48 points on Montana’s defense a year ago, so you know they’re not going to be intimidated coming to Missoula.
MISSOULA -- The buzzword of the week for the Montana and Sacramento State football teams is resilience.
Montana State was unrelenting on offense again last week against UC Davis, rolling up a school-record for yards and scoring more points than ever before against a Division I opponent.
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.
Dakota Prukop is a quick study. His 68-percent completion rate through six games is fifth-best in the FCS and ranks second among all quarterbacks with 100 or more passing attempts.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The pregame billing was for a shootout in the scorching heat.
Last week notwithstanding, Montana State has been prodigious on offense through five games thanks to an array of talented, explosive skill guys and young, exuberant athletes that have risen to the occasion when their numbers have been called.
Third down. It's the play on which every drive hinges. Montana State has been pretty up-and-down in these situations: Through five games the Bobcats have converted roughly 39 percent of their third-down plays, which ranks in the middle of the pack in the Big Sky Conference.
Montana State and Sacramento State have played some thrillers over the years, not the least of which was a 64-61 overtime shootout the Bobcats won under the bursting California sun on Oct. 2, 2010.
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.
The hit was so violent you genuinely felt sorry for Garrett Safron.
Generally speaking the news was good for the Montana Grizzlies, although there were one or two reasons to raise an eyebrow.
Things are going pretty good for the Grizzlies on offense right now. They average nearly 40 points per game, and quarterback Jordan Johnson is throwing touchdown passes left and right without turning the ball over.
Garrett Safron had a game for the ages Saturday against Montana. But Jordan Johnson again showed why he is one of the best clutch players in the Big Sky Conference.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When you find yourself in a shootout, it helps to have a repeating rifle.
Rob Ash is confident Montana State’s offense will again put up big points Saturday against Northern Colorado.
Portland State has a vaunted running game, right? And after struggling on defense in a loss at Northern Arizona, Montana was in for another barrage, correct?