The Bobcat football season has reached its waning moments with only the Cat/Griz game remaining after the Cats traveled to Flagstaff, Az on Nov. 11 for a conference bout with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. The Cats fought hard but fell short in the end as the Lumberjacks were able to hold off the Bobcats’ final two-point conversion pass with 32 seconds left to secure the 37-36 victory.
The Bobcats played strong knowing their chances at the playoffs hinged on their play in Flagstaff, finishing the game with no turnovers while forcing an interception from the Lumberjacks. Senior defensive back Bryson McCabe kept the Cats in the game by returning a blocked extra point for two points just before half to even the score 16-16.
The game was back and forth throughout the second half, but the Cats gained possession with just under five minutes remaining, trailing 37-30. Murray marched the team down the field in four minutes and 17 seconds, cultivated by a 21-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Kassis. With the score at 37-36, the Cats made the choice to go for the two-point conversion and the win. Murray’s pass fell to the ground and the attempt was ultimately unsuccessful. With one last-ditch effort to score, the Cats attempted an onside kick. It was determined that MSU sophomore kicker Gabe Peppenger touched the ball before going 10 yards, giving the Lumberjacks the ball and the 37-36 victory.
Sophomore quarterback Chris Murray had arguably one of his most complete games of the season, finishing 12-19 passing for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Murray added 85 yards and two scores on the ground to finish out his stat line. Senior running back Nick LeSane was the star of the game for the Bobcats, finishing with a career high 184 yards on the ground including a 74-yard scamper which would set up one of his two touchdowns for the game.
The Cats look to finish out the season with the annual Brawl of the Wild football game this Saturday, Nov. 18. The meeting will be the 117th time in the historic rivalry. The Cats are aiming to put a damper on the Grizzlies’ playoff chances, while the Griz look to keep their conference championship hopes alive. After a season full of games against top-25 ranked opponents, the Cats hope to start momentum for the 2018 season with a victory against the Griz.