Cats-Eagles game notes

Following are game notes for the Montana State football team’s home game against Eastern Washington on Saturday provided by the MSU Sports Information Department. Click below for a PDF of the media game notes.

Cats-E.Washington Game Notes


After surviving upset alerts in Cedar City, Utah, and Davis, Calif., the Bobcats prepare for a highly-anticipated matchup Saturday, pitting the two Big Sky schools with the most conference wins since the beginning of the 2010 season. MSU hosts sixth-ranked Eastern Washington at 1:35 pm in a Big Sky Game of the Week televised by Root Sports. EWU brings a spectacular array of offensive weapons into the contest, led by freshman sensation Vernon Adams at quarterback and featuring league-leading receiver Brandon Kauffman and versatile running back Jordan Talley. QB DeNarius McGhee has led the Bobcats to the winner’s circle in 25 of his 31 starts at MSU.


KICKOFF: 1:35 pm

SITE: Bozeman

STADIUM: Bobcat Stadium

RADIO: Bobcat Radio Network (Tyler Wiltgen, Dan Davies)

TELEVISION: ROOT Sports (Tom Glasgow, Jason Stiles, Jen Mueller)


•  MSU is 4-5 against Eastern Washington when the Eagles are nationally-ranked and 2-1 when both teams are ranked, but the schools have never met with both in the top 10

•  Rob Ash’s 45 wins at MSU moves him to within two of the school’s all-time wins record (47, Sonny Holland), which would put him on top of the wins list at three different schools

•  EWU receivers coach Junior Adans was a star Bobcat receiver in 2001-02


•  MSU averages 418.7 yards and 32.2 yards per game in four-plus seasons on its turf


•  Big Sky teams own wins over the Pac 12 (Sac State beat Colorado), Mountain West (NAU topped UNLV, Cal Poly beat Wyoming), and WAC (EWU beat Idaho) this season

•  MSU leads the Big Sky in third down offense (56.2%) and defense (26.7%)


Aug. 30 — Chadron State, W, 33-6

Sept. 8 — at Drake, W, 34-24

Sept. 15 — Stephen F. Austin, W, 43-35

Sept. 22 — *Northern Colorado, W, 41-16

Sept. 29  — *at Southern Utah, W, 24-17

Oct. 6 — *at UC Davis, W, 48-41

Oct. 13 — *Eastern Wash., 1:35 p.m.

Oct. 27 — *North Dakota, 2:05 p.m.

Nov. 3 — *at Sacramento St., 5:05 p.m. MT

Nov. 10 — *Portland State, 1:35 p.m.

Nov. 17 —  *at Montana,  1:35 p.m.


•  Montana State’s last three games have been Homecoming contests

•  The Bobcat offense has produced six 2012 scoring drives of 84 yards or longer


•  MSU’s 21 straight weeks in the top 10 is longer than any other string of consecutive weeks in the top 25 in school history

•  Saturday’s win gives the Cats win streaks of at least six games in back-to-back years for the first time since 1978-79

•  MSU’s current six-game win streak is the school’s 10th of at least that many in a single year

•  DeNarius McGhee has started – and completed a touchdown pass in – each of his first 31 games as a Bobcat

•  Caleb Schreibeis has at least one sack in each of his first five games of 2012

•  First-year place kicker Rory Perez has hit all six of his field goal tries


•  DeNarius McGhee‘s 59 career TD passes is 2nd in MSU history

•  Cody Kirk’s 22 career rushing TDs is fifth in MSU history


•  DT Zach Minter‘s third career interception Saturday set up MSU’s game-winning touchdown

•  LB Alex Singleton, in his first extended playing time, logged nine tackles, two for a loss, with a sack and a PB

•  QB DeNarius McGhee threw for at least 300 yards for the seventh time in his Bobcat career at UC Davis Saturday