Montana State must beat Montana for any chance to extend its season with a playoff berth. And even then it’s not a given.
Good teams find ways to win no matter the circumstances.
BOZEMAN — Shawn Johnson ran for 92 yards and a touchdown and had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score to lead Montana State to a 36-7 win over Northern Arizona in a matchup of two ranked FCS teams on Saturday.
BOZEMAN — In Football Championship Subdivision circles, Thursday night’s matchup between Montana State and Monmouth was a case of the mighty against the vulnerable, the potent versus the fragile.
NOTE: This is the first installment of our weekly series projecting the Top 10 players at each position for the 2013 Big Sky Conference football season.
GREAT FALLS -- The DeNarius McGhee-to-Tanner Bleskin combination played a huge role in Montana State going 11-2 and winning a share of its third straight Big Sky Conference title last fall.
BOZEMAN -- Rory Perez made a 39-yard field goal Saturday to give the Blue team a 17-14 victory over the White team in Montana State’s Sonny Holland Classic football scrimmage at Bobcat Stadium.
BOZEMAN — The lights of the playoff stage shined brightest on Montana State’s defense Saturday night.
Montana State coach Rob Ash said his team “went to school” defensively at the end of last season.
MISSOULA — Montana State coach Rob Ash gestured toward the seat recently vacated by quarterback DeNarius McGhee during the post-game media conference and spoke candidly about the driving force behind his team.
MISSOULA — His Montana State teammates were parading the Great Divide Trophy across the Washington-Grizzly Stadium turf, but Caleb Schreibeis was alone at midfield, down on one knee with his head bowed in appreciation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the second straight game, valuing the football paid off for the Montana State Bobcats.
BOZEMAN — Rob Ash used words like “tragedy” and “crestfallen” in the wake of Montana State’s 27-24 loss to Eastern Washington at Bobcat Stadium.
BOZEMAN — Anticipation turned to dejection in a hurry Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
Off to its best start since 1978, Montana State has proven worthy against all comers. And the Bobcats are winning in a variety of ways.
DAVIS, Calif. -- Leave it to a defensive lineman’s pass interception to decide one of the wackier games in Montana State football history.
BOZEMAN — DeNarius McGhee threw for 387 yards and Montana State scored on six of its first eight possessions en route to a 41-16 victory over Northern Colorado in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
BOZEMAN — The year was 1978.
BOZEMAN — You barely had time to blink.
We got some good feedback over the course of the last week with regard to our new Mailbag feature here on the blog. I separated the most poignant questions and gave my best shot to answer them below.