Montana State coach Rob Ash hopes to get out and play a little golf on Saturday before settling in to watch his team’s next opponent, Cal Poly, take on Montana later that evening.
BOZEMAN — Every football team wants a guy like Chad Newell.
Odin Coe had 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery as the Montana State defense helped the Bobcats to a 23-13 win over Weber State on a day where the typically high-octane offense struggled. MSU heads into its bye week with a 4-0 Big Sky Conference record.
BOZEMAN — Montana State has treated its fans to a rousing display of offensive skill throughout this football season.
BOZEMAN — Things are going quite well for Montana State. The offense is humming, the wins are piling up and the vibes are good.
If J.P. Flynn had his way, Montana State would line up in a power formation and run the ball straight ahead on every snap.
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.
For decades, a basic principle of football -- offensively speaking -- was to establish the run to set up the pass, control the ball, move the chains, win the time of possession and keep your defense off the field. It was a formula for victory, and a pretty good one.
As a play-caller and schemer, Tim Cramsey was handcuffed during his first season as Montana State’s offensive coordinator.
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.
Wideouts Mitch Griebel and Brian Flotkoetter are roommates, so their connection runs deeper than simply being members of the same position group for 13th-ranked Montana State.
Montana’s Travon Van won’t compromise about where he’s best suited on a football field. The coaches at Marshall, Van's former school, surely couldn't get him to change his mind.
BOZEMAN — Montana State celebrated its past and got a look at its future on Saturday, and the view is pretty good.
Montana State wore throwback uniforms honoring the 1984 national championship team in its homecoming game against North Dakota. The Bobcats won the conference opener, 29-18.
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.