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.
Vernon Adams and Eastern Washington nearly did it again.
A juggernaut has sent a clear message to the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington is picking up right where it left off.
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.
MISSOULA -- Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson has been named to the preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List. The award is given to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
It was the most contentious moment of Montana’s 42-35 loss to Coastal Carolina.
CHENEY, Wash. — Quincy Forte ran for a career-high 203 yards as third-seeded Eastern Washington pulled away from South Dakota State 41-17 in the second round of the FCS playoffs on a freezing Saturday afternoon.
OGDEN, Utah -- Montana State’s Brad Daly was named a co-recipient of the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year award Tuesday.
Generally speaking the news was good for the Montana Grizzlies, although there were one or two reasons to raise an eyebrow.
This is certain: The team the Grizzlies face in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs will be a 10-game winner with a conference title under its belt.
Montana linebacker Brock Coyle turned in a great performance in the Grizzlies’ 28-14 win over Montana State on Saturday in Bozeman, his last game in his hometown.
Vernon Adams is the biggest star in the Big Sky Conference. And he shined brightly again Saturday in Eastern Washington’s 54-29 dismantling of Montana State.
This one is big.
This week, Montana State's defense is under a heavy microscope. Truth be told, how the Bobcats' D performs against Eastern Washington on Saturday will probably be the difference between a win and a loss.
You don’t need to remind Montana State about the ramifications surrounding Saturday’s game at Eastern Washington.
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.
Montana State and Eastern Washington emerged with victories Saturday. But what should have been sure-fire wins turned tense (at times).