Montana State Downs Colorado Mesa 26-0
BOZEMAN, Mont.--No. 3 Montana State compiled 403 yards of total offense in a 26-0 win over Colorado Mesa Saturday in Montana. CMU is 1-1 following the loss to the Div. I-AA Bobcats.
The Bobcats marched down the field on their first drive of the game racking up 82 yards on 11 plays. The CMU defense kept MSU out of the endzone forcing the Bobcats to settle for a 26-yard field goal.
The Mavericks second offensive drive of the game lasted only three plays before CMU quarterback Kyle Duran was picked-off by Alex Singleton who returned it 23 yards for the touchdown. The Bobcats converted the two-point conversion with a pass from Austin Barth to Mitch Griebel to lead 11-0 at the 5:53 mark of the first quarter.
The Maverick's would attempt a 51-yard field goal by Tanner Donahue but it came up short at 7:44.
MSU's final score of the first half came with 3:26 remaining with an 18-yard pass from Jake Bleskin to Brian Flotkoetter. The 'Cats converted their second two-point conversion with a rush by Mitch Griebel.
CMU held MSU to 262 yards of total offense, with 206 yards coming through the air, in the half. CMU racked up 76 yards, 63 rushing, in the first half.
The Maverick's got some offense going during its third drive of the third quarter. The drive started on CMU's 39-yard line with a pair of runs by Jake Cimolino for seven yards paired with a 13-yard pass to Steven Lindquist put the Mavericks on the MSU 41-yard line.
A false start penalty followed by a quarterback sack put CMU back on it's own 49-yard line. Facing fourth and 19 punter Michael Brady ran on the fake punt for 22-yards for the first down.
The drive would last only three more plays before the Bobcats went back on offense following an interception.
The Bobcats capitalized on the turnover with an eight play 76-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Brian Flotkoetter, his second of the game, with 29 seconds left in the third.
CMU held MSU scoreless for the final 15 minutes.
Jake Cimolino led the Mavericks with 92 rushing yards on 15 carries.
CMU quarterback Kyle Duran completed five of 16 passes for 41 yards and threw one interception.
Jake Edmiston led the CMU defense with 12 tackles, with Michael Brady and Andrew Hurley each added 10.
The Mavericks will open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at Chadron State Sept. 21.