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.
BOZEMAN — Montana State’s offense came out firing from the first snap, and that set the wheels in motion for wideout Brian Flotkoetter’s career day, which helped the Bobcats to an essential victory over a quality FCS opponent.
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 -- From the outside looking in, the 2000 football season at Montana State was an abject disaster. First-year coach Mike Kramer erased the program like a chalkboard and started over from scratch, and what resulted was a 0-11 cataclysm.
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.
Shawn Johnson’s first season as Montana State’s featured running back has already hit a wall. Coach Rob Ash said Wednesday that Johnson will miss the Bobcats’ home opener against Black Hills State with an injury.
BOZEMAN -- Beau Sandland, a tight end from the University of Miami (Fla.), has transferred to Montana State, enrolled in classes, and joined the Bobcat football team, MSU head coach Rob Ash said Wednesday. He will redshirt in 2014 and play as a senior next fall.
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.
BOZEMAN -- Montana State football coach Rob Ash named redshirt freshman Luke Daly his starting kicker on Thursday.
For a split second, Shawn Johnson waits. Any less and he’ll be tackled. Any more and he’ll miss his chance. Then, a crease opens. And with a shake of the hips, a juke of the shoulders, Johnson is off to the races.
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.