Bobcat football continued their winning streak this past weekend when they traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to play Drake University where MSU Head Coach Rob Ash coached for 18 years before coming to Bozeman six years ago.
“The Drake trip was a very sentimental journey for me because of all the years I worked there and because of all the former players, former associates, and friends who came to the game,” Ash said. “It was interesting because Des Moines did not feel like ‘home’ to me; my home is now Montana, and Bozeman — and the Drake Bulldogs did not seem like my team — the Montana State Bobcats are absolutely my team and that’s how I felt throughout the game.”
Running back Cody Kirk got things going early for the Cats (2-0), running for a touchdown in the first quarter. Drake came alive in the second quarter, scoring three separate times. MSU running back Orenzo Davis ran into the end zone with 8:27 left in the quarter, which made the score 14-17 going into halftime, Drake with the edge.
Early in the third quarter, quarterback DeNarius McGhee ran into the end zone for a touchdown to make the score 21-17, Cats. Drake rebounded with a touchdown later in the quarter, making the score 21-24, Drake, going into the final quarter.
The Bobcats scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first when Trey Robinson ran 30 yards to the end zone, and the second on a connection from McGhee to Tanner Bleskin.
“Our team is extremely tough down the stretch in close games, and in the fourth quarter we made all the plays and took control of the game,” Ash said.
The Cats ended up winning, 34-24, and had 374 total yards.
Up next for the Bobcats is the Hall of Fame game against Texas-based Stephen F. Austin State University on Sept. 15. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.