MSU-Monmouth game notes

Following are game notes for the Montana State football team’s season-opening game against Monmouth as provided by the MSU Sports Information Department. Click below for a PDF of the media game notes.

MSU-Monmouth game notes

THE STORYLINE
Rob Ash understands the challenges presented his seventh Montana State football team, but he prefers to see opportunity. “We’ve faced some injuries and we lost a lot of outstanding players from last year, but that’s always the case,” says the winningest coach in Bobcat history. “I don’t look at it as a problem, I look at it as opportunity for young guys or newcomers. It’s fun to watch players like that develop and grow.” All 11 offensive positions will be manned by a player with starting experience, and eight positions on defense.

THIS WEEK’S GAME
KICKOFF: 7:05 pm
SITE: Bozeman
STADIUM: Bobcat Stadium
RADIO: Bobcat Radio Network (Tyler Wiltgen, Dan Davies)
TELEVISION: Max Media (Chris Byers, Mike Callaghan)/Altitude outside Montana

ON THE RECORD
•  By registering an 11-2 record in 2012, Montana State has now improved its record in each of Rob Ash’s five full years as the program’s head coach
•  Montana State has won 10 games in consecutive seasons for the first time
•  The Bobcats stand 21-3 in Big Sky play in the past three seasons
•  MSU’s 11 consecutive winning seasons is the most in program history
•  Rob Ash’s 50 career wins is the most in MSU history
•  Only one other time in history (1966-68) has MSU won three straight conference championships, and only the 1956-58 teams posted a better three-year winning percentage

STADIUM STUFF
•  MSU averages 429.9 yards and 33.5 points per game on its five-year old turf field

BIG SKY BULLET POINTS
•  Weber State plays an entirely Division I schedule in 2013

HIGHLIGHTS
•  The 2013 seniors enter the fall with 30 career wins and a .789 win percentage
•  The Bobcats’ 21 league wins since 2010 is the most in the Big Sky

STREAKS
•  MSU’s 29 straight weeks in the top 10 (counting last year’s post-season poll and this year’s preseason poll) is longer than any other string of consecutive weeks in the top 25 in school history
•  DeNarius McGhee has thrown a TD pass in four straight games since his string of 33 straight ended at Sac St

MILESTONES
•  DeNarius McGhee‘s 71 career TD passes is an MSU record, and his 8,441 passing yards is second in school history
•  Rob Ash’s 50 career wins is the most in MSU history, a distinction he also holds at Juniata and Drake
•  DeNarius McGhee’s 30 wins as starting quarterback is MSU’s most ever
•  Cody Kirk’s 29 career rushing TDs is tied for 1st in MSU history

SHINING
•  QB DeNarius McGhee was Big Sky Offensive MVP last fall, and preseason MVP this summer
•  RB Cody Kirk enters his senior season within 1,400 yards of MSU’s school rushing record
•  WR Tanner Bleskin is 40 catches from the MSU record, 72 from the Big Sky career top 10



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