Bobcat Sunday notebook

BOBCAT NOTES

• Tanner Bleskin’s 131 receiving yards at Stephen F. Austin gives him a career total of 2,268 yards, a new Montana State career record, vaulting him past Chip Hobbs and former teammate Elvis Akpla.

• Tanner Bleskin’s 2,268 career yards moves him within 300 yards of joining the top 10 receivers in Big Sky history

• Tanner Bleskin caught nine passes at SFA, giving him 160 for his career, the third-highest total in school history and nine from Joe Bignell’s school record (169).

• The 160 career catches moves Bleskin past Montana’s Bill Cockhill (158) and Ryan Bagley (153), products of Montana high schools like Bleskin, on the Big Sky list. Bleskin is 41 catches from joining the Big Sky’s all-time top 10.

• Senior defensive end Brad Daly registered his eighth sack of 2013 on Saturday, already one sack from joining MSU’s single-season top 10 list, giving him 28.0 sacks (sixth in MSU history) and 48.0 tackles-for-loss (seventh in his career.

• Daly leads the FCS in sacks (2.0 per game) and is second in tackles for loss (2.8 per game). Junior linebacker Alex Singleton is tied for fifth in tackles for loss with 2.1 per game.

• Brad Daly and Odin Coe each registered sacks Saturday night, the first two allowed by Stephen F. Austin on the season.

• Odin Coe now has 2.5 sacks since claiming the starting defensive end spot opposite Brad Daly after Preston Gale’s injury in the preseason.

• Jake Bleskin threw for 308 yards at Stephen F. Austin Saturday, becoming the second Bobcat in history (with Jack Rolovich) to throw for at least 300 yards in his first two career starts. Rolovich, a transfer from Hawaii, threw for 302 yards against Sacramento State and 323 against Idaho State in 2006. No one has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his first three MSU starts.

• Jake Bleskin’s 300-yard passing game was the 12th by a Rob Ash-coached quarterback, the third-highest total by any MSU head coach (Dave Arnold accounted for 15, Mike Kramer 13).

• Montana State finished Saturday’s loss at Stephen F. Austin just 2-of-15 on third down conversion attempts, but on those plays the problem actually preceded third down. On only one of those plays was the line-to-gain less than five yards away, and that was a third-and-four. That play resulted in a penalty for a first down. MSU was 0-for-7 on third downs in the second half, and the average distance for the first down was 6.1 yards.

• After playing its first three games without a turnover the Bobcats threw four interceptions Saturday.

• Cole Moore intercepted his second pass of 2013 Saturday, and the third of his career, at SFA.

• On a night when Sean Gords picked off a pass to give MSU defensive backs their first of 2013, Cole Moore’s interception gave Bobcat linebackers their fourth of the young campaign.

TEAM AWARDS vs. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Offensive Player of Week: WR Jon Ellis (Mansfield, TX)

Defensive Player of Week: LB Cole Moore (Palo Alto, CA)

Special Teams Player of Week: Steven Bethley (Chino, CA)

Offensive Scout of Week: Dillon Fraley (Bigfork, MT)

Defensive Scout of Week: Dallas Hayes (Kent, WA)

Special Teams Scout of Week: Robert Walsh (Twin Bridges, MT)

 



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