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Jordan Canada’s slump is over. How he must love playing against UC Davis.
BOZEMAN — Montana State has treated its fans to a rousing display of offensive skill throughout this football season.
Weber State has been in a lot of games; they just haven't won any. Montana State was on upset alert for much of the day on Saturday, but held off the Wildcats for a 23-13 victory at Bobcat Stadium.
LAUREL — For the first time in Jim Stanton’s 13-year tenure as coach, Billings Central was announced as one football team during pregame introductions Friday night. No individuals.
BOZEMAN — Things are going quite well for Montana State. The offense is humming, the wins are piling up and the vibes are good.
A closer look at Saturday's games:
In his previous two games, Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop has put up a combined 997 yards and 14 touchdowns. Unbelievable numbers. As a result, Prukop was added to The Sports Network’s Walter Payton Award Watch List, which tracks the top contenders for offensive player of the year i…
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.
There’s something about the postseason that brings out the best in the Livingston Rangers.
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.
His hand was battered and bruised -- something obviously wasn’t right -- but it was nothing more than a nuisance for Donovan Luce.
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.
LAUREL — It was a stalemate in every sense of the word.
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.
On Saturday, Jordan Johnson and Montana's offense return to the site of perhaps their most efficient performance -- a 55-17 romp over North Dakota at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
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.
Wearing throwback uniforms to honor the 30th anniversary of its 1984 national championship, Montana State did what it had to do to get a 29-18 victory over North Dakota on Saturday in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
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.
Thirty years of history — and a great deal of emotion — will flood Bobcat Stadium on Saturday when Montana State commemorates its most significant football moment in a generation.
The thunderstorm that washed out the crosstown soccer match between rivals Billings West and Billings Skyview last week also wiped out a goal by Donovan Luce and a 1-0 lead for the Golden Bears.
Shawn Johnson fashioned a huge performance even though Montana State let one slip away last week against Eastern Washington. Johnson’s totals: 150 rushing yards, 62 receiving yards, 162 return yards and three touchdowns.
Montana State and Eastern Washington played an instant classic. It was two prolific offenses piling up yards and points, racing up and down the field at a blistering pace.
It wasn’t an outcome befitting the two highest-scoring girls soccer teams in Class A, but it was appropriate for archrivals who are likely to battle for supremacy in the Eastern division all season long.
BOZEMAN — Have you ever run a marathon? Ever sprint the entire 26.2 miles?
Have you caught your breath yet? It was a back-and-forth thriller between the Bobcats and Eastern Washington. The Eagles, with Vernon Adams leading them on a frenetic fourth-quarter drive, prevailed 52-51. The Bobcats had a chance at the end but Dakota Prukop's Hail Mary fell incomplete.
BOZEMAN — Coach Rob Ash closed practice to the media this week, so there’s no telling what Montana State has cooked up to try to curtail quick-strike Eastern Washington.
BOZEMAN — Taylor Dees has fought the “undersized” stigma throughout his career at Montana State. At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, Dees lacks the girth and stature of a prototypical interior defensive lineman.
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 — 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.
What a fiasco. Central Arkansas made a huge comeback in the fourth quarter against the Bobcats, but MSU held on for a 43-33 victory. The game was well in hand for MSU early, and that became dangerous as the Bears fought back.
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.
Luke Moran stood alone holding a football in the Dehler Park outfield, waiting for somebody to join him for a little pigskin toss. It’s a common warm-up routine for pitchers, and can serve as a method to lighten the mood.
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.
On the first drive of the game, Black Hills State sent a hush through a packed house at Bobcat Stadium. Behind quarterback Ward Anderson, the Yellow Jackets converted three third-down plays, including a scramble by Anderson on a third-and-17 play. But MSU's defense eventually strengthened an…
The Mustangs’ first postseason game in six years was a microcosm of the past month, as hitters scratched and clawed in two-strike counts and pitchers made crucial outs in big moments amid heightened pressure and emotion.
Somewhere near 20,000 gold-clad crazies will pack Bobcat Stadium on Saturday night to welcome their heroes back to the field.
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 -- 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.