Danny Wild-US PRESSWIRE
First-quarter touchdown bomb spurs Montana State playoff win.
The Montana State Bobcats moved into the final eight of the 2012 FCS Tournament with a 16-10 win over Stony Brook Saturday. Quarterback DeNarius McGhee connected with receiver Tanner Bleskin on a 69-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter to give the Bobcats an early lead, and Montana State maintained a 10-3 halftime edge after the teams traded second-quarter field goals. Montana State was stopped on the goal line in their first series of the second half, and a Rory Perez 21-yard field goal extended the lead to 13-3.
Stony Brook scored its only touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter on a four-yard pass, but Montana State responded with another Perez kick, this one from 45 yards. Defensive end Caleb Schreibeis forced a fumble with 45 seconds to play that completed the Bobcats victory.
McGhee racked up 208 yards on 12-of-22 passing, including the long touchdown pass. He also led the team in rushing, with 75 yards on 18 carries. Bleskin led the team with 130 receiving yards on four catches. The Bobcats managed to keep the vaunted Stony Brook running attack in check. Sea Wolves halfbacks Miguel Maysonet and Marcus Coker combining for 31 carries and 139 yards, well below the team's 276-yard season average.
Montana State next faces Sam Houston State, which defeated Cal Poly, 18-16 Saturday. The teams face off Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m MT in Bozeman.