Cats-North Dakota game notes

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

Cats-North Dakota Game Notes


North Dakota came out of one of the most difficult three-game stretches anywhere in the FCS in spectacular fashion last weekend, scoring with 12 seconds remaining to beat Montana 40-34. North Dakota threw for 660 yards in the win, all by quarterback Braden Hanson and more than half (333) to receiving sensation Greg Hardin, a Big Sky-record effort. In fact, three UND receivers had over 100 yards receiving in the game. MSU’s weekend was quieter, as the Cats were open.


KICKOFF: 2:05 p.m.

SITE: Bozeman

STADIUM: Bobcat Stadium

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

TELEVISION: Max Media (Chris Byers, Mike Callaghan)


•  MSU and North Dakota last met in 1983, capping a string of 28 games over 31 seasons, but the teams have met 29 times in total (MSU leads 15-13-1)

•  Rob Ash’s 45 wins at MSU is two from the school’s all-time wins record or 47

•  North Dakota has won the last four meetings between the schools, with only the most recent game (21-3, 1983) decided by more than four points


•  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%)

•  The Bobcats lead the Big Sky in rush defense (70.9), pass efficiency defense (109.9)and total defense (300.9)

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., L 24-27
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.


•  Saturday’s game revives MSU’s third-longest dormant rivalry (10 games or more) against a Division I foe

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


•  MSU’s 22 straight weeks in the top 10 is longer than any other string of consecutive weeks in the top 25 in school history

•  Opposing players named Jordan (Glass for UCD, Tonani for EWU) scored defensive TDs in MSU’s last two games

•  DeNarius McGhee has started – and completed a touchdown pass in – each of his first 32 games as a Bobcat

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

•  First-year place kicker Rory Perez’s streak of consecutive field goals ended at seven late vs. Eastern Washington


•  DeNarius McGhee‘s 61 career TD passes is an MSU record

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


•  DT Zach Minter hurried Eastern Washington’s quarterback twice

•  WR Tanner Bleskin caught seven balls against EWU, giving him at least six catches in each of his six 2012 games and a league-leading 7.8 catches a game

•  DE Brad Daly’s relentless play netted him a team-high seven tackles, 1.5 for a loss, against Eastern Washington