Just when the Montana State Bobcats looked like they were back in this 2011 FCS Playoffs quarterfinals matchup against the No. 1 Sam Houston State Bearkats, it all disappeared that quickly. The Bearkats lead, 35-13.
The Bobcats started the second half in a 21-6 deficit to the Bearkats and brought it to 21-13 on the opening drive of the third quarter. Quarterback DeNarius McGhee and running back Cody Kirk brought the team into SHSU territory. McGhee connected with Kirk and John Ellis for a total of 31 yards on two plays before Everett Gilbert caught a seven-yard touchdown pass.
On the ensuing kickoff, Brandon Closner returned the ball for an 82-yard touchdown and the 28-13 lead. On Montana State's next drive, McGhee threw an easy interception for Sam Houston State to pick off the ball at the 50-yard line. It was returned to the 35-yard line. A personal foul on Montana State put the ball at the seven-yard line. Two plays later, Ryan Wilson ran the ball in for a touchdown and the 35-13 lead.
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