Bobcats looking for 4-0 in Big Sky play

Montana State came out of Ogden, Utah victorious after a 34-6 win over Big Sky conference opponent, Weber State University (WSU). The Bobcats found their fire early with a 35-yard touchdown pass by senior quarterback DeNarius McGhee, but the Wildcats answered with a 50-yard field goal and a 19-yard touchdown run. WSU was up 10-6 after the first quarter, but fell to 10-19 at halftime.

The Wildcats kept rhythm with MSU, never trailing too far behind until near the end of the fourth quarter when they were down 21-16. On a running play, WSU running back Josh Booker was stripped of the ball and the Bobcats recovered. Four plays later, MSU found themselves up 28-18 after yet another touchdown throw by McGhee.

McGhee, who is now only one of 11 quarterbacks in NCAA football history to have thrown over 10,000 yards and rushed over 1,000 yards, threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns. McGhee now joins the ranks of current NFL quarterbacks including Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson and Montana State’s own, Travis Lulay, who is currently playing for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League. McGhee achieved the honor in the second quarter with a pass to wide receiver Brian Flotkoetter.

Weber State was evenly matched in the statistics for the game, but turnovers cost them dearly, including a kick blocked by Montana State and returned 96 yards for a defensive two-point score. The loss put Weber State’s overall record at 1-7 and 0-3 in conference play. They play the Vikings of Portland State who are currently for 11th place in the conference, after a bye week.

[pullquote align=”right”]McGhee, who is now only one of 11 quarterbacks in NCAA football history to have thrown over 10,000 yards and rushed over 1,000 yards, threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns. McGhee now joins the ranks of current NFL quarterbacks including Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson and Montana State’s own, Travis Lulay, who is currently playing for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League.[/pullquote]

The Bobcats are gearing up to face the Aggies of UC Davis (UCD) in another Big Sky matchup. The Aggies are currently third in the conference and come into the game with a record of 3-5 season record and 3-1 conference record. Montana State (5-2, 3-0) is ranked first in the Big Sky Conference with Eastern Washington.

The Aggies are coming off of a win against the University of Northern Colorado, but have lacked the ability to rack up the points offensively. Randy Right, one of the all-time leading quarterbacks for UCD, will be looking to bounce back from a lackluster season thus far. Based on MSU’s performance on the ground since the middle of the season, I expect running backs Shaun Johnson and Cody Kirk to put up some big numbers for the Bobcats — ending in a 44-24 victory for MSU.