Bobcat football made an impressive comeback on Saturday, Oct. 21, when they took on the Northern Colorado Bears in Greeley, Colorado, winning 27-24 in a close matchup. It was Montana State’s seventh game of the season, with a 2-4 overall record prior, but this victory improved the standings to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Sky Conference, where the team now ranks nicely at seventh in the BSC, ahead of upcoming competitor Idaho State.
The first quarter was rather quiet for the Bobcats, which UNC took advantage of, scoring off an 80-yard pass to go ahead 7-0. Following a strong drive, MSU responded with a six-yard pass thrown by sophomore quarterback Chris Murray to senior wide receiver Mitch Herbert, evening the score. Northern Colorado answered back, however, scoring twice more in the first half and leaving the Bobcats down 21-7.
After the shaky start in the first half, MSU rallied and locked down on the defensive end. Through the third quarter, they held the Bears to only eight yards. To capitalize on this, the Bobcats brought the score closer thanks to a 20-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Gabe Peppenger making the score 21-10. With this, the momentum shifted heavily in favor of the Bobcats.
To start the fourth quarter, freshman running back Troy Anderson capitalized on a strong Bobcat possession and ran 15 yards into the endzone, cutting the score to 21-17.
After holding the Bears, the Bobcats cut across field 94 yards in a span of 10 plays, with Herbert completing two catches for a total of 49 yards. To finish it off, Chris Murray completed a four-yard rushing touchdown to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game at 24-21.
Northern Colorado retaliated with a 56-yard kickoff return, leading to a completed 34-yard field goal to tie the score at 24 points each. With the few minutes remaining, the Bobcats marched downfield and, as time expired, Peppenger gave MSU back the lead with a game-winning 27-yard field goal to make the final score 27-24.
The Bobcats face off against Idaho State Saturday, Oct. 28 at Bobcat Stadium, where they look to continue to climb the conference standings with only four games left in the season.