BOZEMAN — It didn’t take Dakota Prukop long to make an impression on Bobcat fans.
Less than six minutes into his home debut as Montana State’s starting quarterback, the Bobcat sophomore dashed 60 yards statistically – quite a bit longer in real yardage – for a touchdown to give MSU a lead it would never relinquish. The Cats bolted past NCAA Division II Black Hills State 57-10.
“I was trying catch my breath,” Prukop said of his thoughts on crossing the goal line in front of 19,187 fans ensconced in yellow on MSU’s annual Gold Rush game. “I did a lot of zig-zagging on that run.”
After an evening full of improvisational work, Prukop’s statistical line – compiled in just over one half of football – packed a punch. He threw for 202 yards on 14-for-16 passing, and also rushed 13 times for 176 yards. He crossed the goal line three times himself, and facilitated entry into the end zone two other times on pass plays.
“I’m not surprised,” Bobcat head coach Rob Ash said of Prukop’s performance. “His numbers were terrific, but we know he’s a sensational athlete. This is the kind of thing he brings to the table.”
Saturday night’s game was never in doubt. Two-and-a-half minutes after Prukop’s dazzling dash, he found Justin Paige behind the Yellow Jackets defense for a 43-yard touchdown. Prukop scampered 57 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter, and even with a pair of BHSU scores in the second quarter the Bobcats held a 42-10 halftime advantage.
Several other Bobcats had good nights statistically. Chad Newell ran for 55 yards, Nick LaSane 54, Anthony Knight 53, and Gunnar Brekke 46. Mitch Griebel caught five passes for 44 yards.
Montana State raised its record to 1-1 with the win, while Saturday’s game was Black Hills State’s season opener. MSU hosts Central Arkansas next Saturday at 3:35 pm.
— MSU Sports Information