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Bobcats not wasting time during bye week

Bobcats not wasting time during bye week

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.

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Changes in latitude, attitude make West's Luce a star

Changes in latitude, attitude make West's Luce a star

Redemption has come to Billings West’s Donovan Luce in distinct and defining ways.

October 21, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Big Sky Notebook: UM's Canada finds form, burns UC Davis again

Big Sky Notebook: UM's Canada finds form, burns UC Davis again

Jordan Canada’s slump is over. How he must love playing against UC Davis.

October 20, 2014 6:10 pmLoading…
Defensive-minded Bobcats grind out win over Weber State

Defensive-minded Bobcats grind out win over Weber State

BOZEMAN — Montana State has treated its fans to a rousing display of offensive skill throughout this football season.

October 18, 2014 8:07 pm Video Photos

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First look: Bobcats 23, Weber State 13

First look: Bobcats 23, Weber State 13

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. 

October 18, 2014 6:23 pmLoading…
Rams beat Laurel again, 17-14

Rams beat Laurel again, 17-14

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.

October 17, 2014 10:26 pm Video Photos

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Bobcats look to keep it going against Weber State

Bobcats look to keep it going against Weber State

BOZEMAN — Things are going quite well for Montana State. The offense is humming, the wins are piling up and the vibes are good.

October 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Cats and Griz at a glance

Cats and Griz at a glance

A closer look at Saturday's games:

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Prukop and the Payton: Who has the edge?

Prukop and the Payton: Who has the edge?

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…

October 15, 2014 9:00 pmLoading…
Bobcats' offensive line reveling in big plays, big improvement

Bobcats' offensive line reveling in big plays, big improvement

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.

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Big-game Rangers topple Central, advance to playoffs

Big-game Rangers topple Central, advance to playoffs

There’s something about the postseason that brings out the best in the Livingston Rangers.

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Big Sky Notebook: Prukop, Bobcats continue offensive assault

Big Sky Notebook: Prukop, Bobcats continue offensive assault

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.

October 13, 2014 5:40 pm Photos

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Playoff picture taking shape in Class AA soccer

Playoff picture taking shape in Class AA soccer

His hand was battered and bruised -- something obviously wasn’t right -- but it was nothing more than a nuisance for Donovan Luce.

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Bobcats' defense wants performance to speak for itself

Bobcats' defense wants performance to speak for itself

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.

October 10, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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The Cats, the Griz, and shifting offensive philosophies

The Cats, the Griz, and shifting offensive philosophies

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.

October 08, 2014 8:45 pmLoading…
Bobcats' coodinator Cramsey pushing the right buttons

Bobcats' coodinator Cramsey pushing the right buttons

As a play-caller and schemer, Tim Cramsey was handcuffed during his first season as Montana State’s offensive coordinator.

October 08, 2014 4:45 pm Photos

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Pride on the line for MSU defense in Sac State aftermath

Pride on the line for MSU defense in Sac State aftermath

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.

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Big Sky Notebook: Prukop's 8-TD showcase one of many big performances

Big Sky Notebook: Prukop's 8-TD showcase one of many big performances

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.

October 06, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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No scoring, but no despair for Rams, Locomotives

No scoring, but no despair for Rams, Locomotives

LAUREL — It was a stalemate in every sense of the word.

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Bobcats look to reignite offense at Sacramento State

Bobcats look to reignite offense at Sacramento State

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.

October 03, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Third-downs will be magnified for Bobcats at Sac State

Third-downs will be magnified for Bobcats at Sac State

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.

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Intangibles adding up for Johnson, Griz offense

Intangibles adding up for Johnson, Griz offense

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.

October 01, 2014 8:30 pmLoading…
Bobcats gearing up for Safron, Sac State

Bobcats gearing up for Safron, Sac State

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.

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Young MSU receivers earn early marks

Young MSU receivers earn early marks

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.

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Big Sky Notebook: Van's impact for Griz not overstated

Big Sky Notebook: Van's impact for Griz not overstated

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.

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Opportunistic defense carries Bobcats over North Dakota

Opportunistic defense carries Bobcats over North Dakota

BOZEMAN — Montana State celebrated its past and got a look at its future on Saturday, and the view is pretty good.

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First look: Bobcats 29, North Dakota 18

First look: Bobcats 29, North Dakota 18

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. 

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Bobcats embrace clean slate, UND challenge

Bobcats embrace clean slate, UND challenge

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.

September 26, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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1984 revisited: Bobcats set to commemorate championship season

1984 revisited: Bobcats set to commemorate championship season

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.

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West, Skyview split soccer doubleheader

West, Skyview split soccer doubleheader

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.

September 23, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Bobcats Notebook: Postgame accolades no consolation for Johnson

Bobcats Notebook: Postgame accolades no consolation for Johnson

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.

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Dizzying day: Bobcats, Eagles went wild in 52-51 thriller

Dizzying day: Bobcats, Eagles went wild in 52-51 thriller

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.

September 22, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Central girls outlast Laurel, 1-0

Central girls outlast Laurel, 1-0

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.

September 22, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Bobcats lose thriller to Eastern Washington, 52-51

Bobcats lose thriller to Eastern Washington, 52-51

BOZEMAN — Have you ever run a marathon? Ever sprint the entire 26.2 miles?

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First look: Eastern Washington 52, Bobcats 51

First look: Eastern Washington 52, Bobcats 51

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. 

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Bobcats ready to run with Eastern Washington

Bobcats ready to run with Eastern Washington

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.

September 19, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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Bobcats' Dees draws motivation, perspective from teammate Dole

Bobcats' Dees draws motivation, perspective from teammate Dole

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.

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Bobcats search for ways to slow Adams, Eastern Washington

Bobcats search for ways to slow Adams, Eastern Washington

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.

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Big Sky Notebook: Bobcats, Grizzlies take aim at nation's top-ranked teams

Big Sky Notebook: Bobcats, Grizzlies take aim at nation's top-ranked teams

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.

September 15, 2014 7:55 pm Photos

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Flotkoetter has big day as Bobcats stave off Central Arkansas

Flotkoetter has big day as Bobcats stave off Central Arkansas

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.

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First look: Bobcats 43, Central Arkansas 33

First look: Bobcats 43, Central Arkansas 33

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.

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Early playoff maneuvering a sub-plot to Bobcats' matchup with Central Arkansas

Early playoff maneuvering a sub-plot to Bobcats' matchup with Central Arkansas

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.

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Bobcats' Ioane humbled, honored by hall of fame nod

Bobcats' Ioane humbled, honored by hall of fame nod

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.

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Big Sky Notebook: Adams, EWU offense pick up where they left off

Big Sky Notebook: Adams, EWU offense pick up where they left off

Vernon Adams and Eastern Washington nearly did it again.

September 08, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…
Moran, Mustangs ready for championship series

Moran, Mustangs ready for championship series

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.

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Prukop electrifies as Bobcats rout Black Hills State

Prukop electrifies as Bobcats rout Black Hills State

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.

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First look: Bobcats 57, Black Hills State 10

First look: Bobcats 57, Black Hills State 10

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…

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Mustangs pound Great Falls 10-3 in playoff opener

Mustangs pound Great Falls 10-3 in playoff opener

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.

September 05, 2014 10:55 pmLoading…
Bobcats look to awaken offense against Black Hills State

Bobcats look to awaken offense against Black Hills State

Somewhere near 20,000 gold-clad crazies will pack Bobcat Stadium on Saturday night to welcome their heroes back to the field.

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Bobcats Notebook: RB Johnson out with concussion

Bobcats Notebook: RB Johnson out with concussion

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.

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