Montana State-Central Arkansas game notes

Following are game notes for the Montana State football team’s game against Central Arkansas Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.  Click below for a PDF of the media game notes.

Bobcats-Central Arkansas


Montana State faces the new verse of a familiar song Saturday, when a talented squad from the Southland Conference visits Bobcat Stadium. Central Arkansas may be a first-time Bobcat foe, but the Bears bring a first-rate squad to Bobcat Stadium on Saturday. Known for its purple-and-gray striped field, UCA is even better known for football success. Since moving to Division I in 2006 the Bears have claimed two Southland titles and three nine-win seasons. The team’s 2013 season was derailed by injuries, a theme familiar to Bobcat fans, but like MSU four UCA offensive linemen return in 2014. Taylor Reed averages 153.0 yards a game through the air and 47.5 on the ground through two games, with returning all-league receiver Dezmin Lewis standing as a big-play threat.


KICKOFF: 3:35 pm

SITE: Bozeman, MT

STADIUM: Bobcat Stadium

RADIO: Bobcat Radio Network (Jay Sanderson, Dan Davies, Riley Corcoran)

TELEVISION: Cowles Media (Chris Byers, Mike Callaghan, Rob Jesselson)


Aug 30    at Arkansas State  L             10-37

Sept 6     Black Hills State    W           57-10

Sept 13   Central Arkansas  3:35 pm

Sept 20   Eastern Wash.      1:10 pm

Sept 27   *North Dakota (HC)         2:05 pm

Oct 4       *at Sacramento St 6:05 pm PT

Oct 11     *at UC Davis          4:10 pm PT

Oct 18     *Weber State         3:35 pm

Oct 25     Open

Nov 1      *at Cal Poly           6:05 pm PT

Nov 8      *Portland State      2:05 pm

Nov 15    *Idaho State          1:40 pm

Nov 22    *at Montana           3:10 pm


•  Dakota Prukop’s 176 rushing yards Saturday was the most ever by an MSU quarterback

•  MSU’s 12 straight winning seasons and 13 in Big Sky play are the most in school history, and the longest active such streaks in the conference


•  Montana State’s current four-game homestand is the program’s longest since opening with four straight in then-Reno H. Sales Stadium in 1991

•  The Cats average 419.4 yards and 32.4 points a game on their seven-year old turf field


•  Dakota Prukop stands third in the Big Sky in rushing average (90.0) and eighth in passing (172.0), while holding down fifth in pass efficiency (141.7)


•  Saturday’s game is MSU’s fifth Southland foe in the past four seasons

•  After not playing an opponent from Arkansas for 30 years, the Bobcats face a school from the Natural State for the second time in three weeks Saturday

•  Before Saturday, MSU last scored a safety on a bad punt snap against Weber State in 2008

•  Rob Ash’s Cats stand 31-1 when holding the opponent under 20 points


•  Montana State has won all eight home openers under Rob Ash

•  Saturday’s game was MSU’s fifth straight with two sacks or less


•  MSU’s 652 yards Saturday was the fourth-most in school history, and the most since a school-record 695 vs. North Dakota in 2012

•  Rob Ash (86 games) is two contests from passing Cliff Hysell (88) into second place in games coached at MSU. Schubert Dyche coached 98 games.


•  Trevor Bolton averages 45.7 yards on his nine punts this season

•  Mitch Griebel leads the Bobcats with 11 catches in 2014

•  Dakota Prukop’s three rushing TDs Saturday was the most by an MSU quarterback since Travis Lulay’s four in 2004

— MSU Sports Information