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COLTON POOL Bozeman Daily Chronicle
TIME, DAY, LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. MT, Saturday, Elliott T. Bowers Stadium, Huntsville, Texas
RADIO: Bobcat Radio Network, msubobcats.com
WEATHER: 59 degrees, cloudy
Montana State: Brent Vigen
REGISTRATION: 10-2; YEAR: First
Vigen arrived at MSU after seven seasons as Wyoming’s offensive coordinator. He was an assistant in several roles, including that of offensive coordinator, before that in the state of North Dakota.
REGISTRATION: 254-95-1; YEAR: 27
Keeler led Sam Houston to the FCS Championship in the spring. Prior to becoming the Bearkats’ head coach in 2014, he was a head coach at Delaware and Rowan.
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16 – Tommy Mellott – QB
Mellott made his first career start for the Bobcats in the second round of the FCS playoffs last week against UT Martin. As he ran for 180 yards, he was inconsistent as a passer, finishing the game 8 of 20. MSU is hoping the Butte rookie can continue to improve as he has time. to develop oneself.
47 – Callahan O’Reilly – LB
O’Reilly was around the ball a lot last week. He led the Bobcats with 10 tackles and broke a pass against UT Martin. He’s second on the team with 79 tackles this year and has two interceptions. Bozeman’s junior will be relied on to help limit Sam Houston’s explosive offense.
9 – Siméon Woodard – CB
The real San Antonio freshman didn’t need much time to make an impact as he quickly secured a starting spot. Last week he was second on the team with six tackles. He also intercepted one pass and broke two more. He hopes to help MSU stop the attack on Sam Houston.
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The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior threw for 2,464 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 57.3% of his throws. He also has 338 rushing yards. The Bobcats have been successful against stellar quarterbacks before, but Schmid provides a tough test given the Bearkats’ balance.
The Bearkats are third in the FCS with 43 points per game and fourth with 496.1 total yards of attack. It’s partly because of Chrest. He walks the Bearkats with 640 yards on 46 receptions and five touchdowns. Schmid can often look to transferring Harvard graduates from 6 to 1 and 200 pounds.
11 – Ramon Jefferson – RB
The Bearkats are sixth in the FCS with 241.7 rushing yards per game. Jefferson is one of six Sam Houston players who have run over 100 yards this year. The 5-10, 215-pound junior leads Sam Houston with 1,138 yards and 13 touchdowns on 162 attempts.
–Sam Houston is 4-2 against Montana State, 2-1 in Huntsville, with the last two games (34-16 at MSU in 2012 and 49-13 at Sam Houston in 2011) in the playoffs.
–Sam Houston is MSU’s second most common playoff opponent with this third playoff clash between the two. The Bobcats have played four times against North Dakota State and twice in New Hampshire.
– Montana State’s only victory at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium was a 15-10 win in 1989, while MSU lost 23-6 in 1986 and 49-13 in 2011.
– Brent Vigen’s 10 wins are third in Big Sky history by a freshman coach at a school (after Mick Dennehy and Joe Glenn of Montana) and highest by a first-year Bobcats coach .
– Montana State’s rushing offense is seventh in the FCS at 232.6 yards per game, while fourth-ranked Sam Houston’s rushing defense allows for 75.7 yards per game.
– Isaiah Ifanse’s 1,434 rushing yards this season is the FCS’s third.
– Montana State is sixth in the FCS with 163.1 passing yards allowed per game, while Sam Houston throws for 254.4 yards per game, 26th nationally.
– The Bobcats’ defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the last seven quarters.
THE LOWER LINE
Montana State, even with freshman Tommy Mellott making his quarterback debut, played well enough to clinch a convincing second-round victory in the FCS playoffs. The Bobcats’ running game was booming and their defense continued to be successful.
The Bobcats have the potential to upset Sam Houston in this contest. If these elements of effective ball handling and strong defense remain, it could lead to a close game. The Bearkats’ secondary has also been vulnerable at times, so Mellott’s development will be crucial.
But ultimately, the Bearkats have championship-level experience. They are balanced in attack and strong up front on both sides of the ball. They will likely have an advantage at home as well.
Pool Choice: Sam Houston 27, Montana State 24
Colton Pool can be contacted at [email protected] or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.