MSU-Black Hills State game notes

Following are game notes for the Montana State football team’s Gold Rush game against Black Hills State at Bobcat Stadium.  Click below for a PDF of the media game notes.

MSU-Black Hills State notes

THE STORYLINE

Gold Rush fever is at hand for Bobcat fans, as Montana State makes its anticipated home debut Saturday, hosting Black Hills State. The annual Gold Rush game kicks off at 7:05 pm in Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats face a first-time foe in BHSU, having never met the Yellow Jackets on the gridiron. Head coach John Reiners played and coached at Chadron State, and was an assistant in 2006 when the Eagles won at MSU. Reiners’ two Yellow Jackets teams have compiled a 7-15 record, but this year’s veteran team features 20 seniors. The Bobcats look to bounce back after a season-opening loss at Arkansas State that featured a solid debut performance by quarterback Dakota Prukop (14-for-26, 142 yards).

THIS WEEK’S GAME

KICKOFF: 7:05 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)

2014 MSU SCHEDULE

Aug 30    at Arkansas State  L             10-37

Sept 6     Black Hills State    7:05 pm

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

ON THE RECORD

•  Shawn Johnson is third in MSU history in punt return yards (567) and fourth in kick return yards (1,607)

•  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

STADIUM STUFF

•  Montana State carries its first two-game home losing streak into Saturday since 2008, when Weber State and Eastern Washington won at MSU in back-to-back weeks

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

BIG SKY BULLET POINTS

•  All 13 Big Sky teams play Saturday, but only five play FCS foes

•  Dakota Prukop was one of three Big Sky QBs to make his starting debut last weekend

HIGHLIGHTS

•  Montana State’s seven previous Gold Rush games have averaged 16,590 fans, 20,087 since the stadium expansion

•  The Bobcats’ most recent opponent from South Dakota was USD in 2009, a 31-24 overtime win for MSU

STREAKS

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

•  MSU’s last home losing streak longer than the current two games was a three-game skein in 2006

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

•  After rolling up at least 20 first downs in 10 straight games, the Cats have been held below that mark in three straight dating to last season

MILESTONES

•  Rob Ash (85 games) is three contests from passing Cliff Hysell (88) into second place in games coached at MSU. Schubert Dyche coached 98 games.

SHINING

•  Rob Marshall led all players with a dozen tackles in the season opener

•  Mitch Griebel caught six passes, his first receptions as a Bobcat, at ASU

•  Trevor Bolton averaged 42 yards a punt and rushed once for 25 yards at Arkansas State last week

— MSU Sports Information



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