Several Bobcat starters are nearing the Montana State record books after completing the first two football games of the season. Mac Bignell, senior linebacker and captain, entered the Gold Rush game tied with former Bobcat Caleb Schreibeis at eight forced fumbles for the top spot in the record books. Bignell claimed the title outright after a late-game strip of South Dakota State (SDSU) running back Brady Mengarelli.
While Bignell eclipsed a top spot at his position, senior wide receiver Mitchell Herbert creeped closer to reaching the top spot in receiving touchdowns. After recording just 28 yards against Washington State, Herbert tallied nine receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the Gold Rush game. Herbert’s two touchdowns brought his career total to 17, a mere four touchdowns away from tying the top spot in Bobcat history accumulated by Kelly Davis from 1983-1986. Herbert’s 139 yards on the year pushed his career total to 1,516, nearing the top ten in all-time career receiving yards at Montana State.
While the two senior standouts found themselves in the record books, other Bobcats also played record games this season. Sophomore quarterback Chris Murray found a groove in the second half of the game against SDSU, collecting 311 yards and four touchdowns through the air while gathering 108 yards on the ground. With this yardage, Murray found himself in the record books as only the fifth Bobcat to throw for over 300 yards and run for over 100 in a single game.
The Cats face a tough road test as they travel to Grand Forks on Sept. 23 for a conference matchup against the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Following this, they return home for the homecoming game against Weber State on Sept. 30.