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THE BASICS

TIME, DAY, LOCATION: 1 p.m. Saturday, Bobcat Stadium

Television: SWX Montana (Chris Byers, Mike Callaghan, Alex Eschelman)

RADIO: Bobcat radio network, msubobcats.com (Zach Mackey, Michael Rider, Dan Davies)

WEATHER: 82 degrees, mostly sunny

COACHES

Montana State: Brent Vigen

REGISTRATION: 1-1; 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.

San Diego: Dale Lindsey

RECORD: 68-23; YEAR: ninth

Lindsey has coached for over 40 years at the high school, college and professional levels. He has led the Toreros to six Pioneer Championships and the FCS playoffs on five occasions.

MONTANA STATE PLAYERS TO WATCH

0 – Cam Gardner – WR

Gardner was transferred from Utah this offseason in hopes of having a bigger role in an attack, and he got it last week. He caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. Gardner might have more opportunities in the future in the MSU air attack.

19 – Jaharie Martin – RB

Martin is in line to play a fullback with RJ Fitzgerald due to injury. Martin ran 10 times for 38 yards while wearing a red shirt in 2019. He played in the back against Drake and during fall camp, and how he fits could be key.

7 – Ty Okada – DB

Okada has made a smooth transition from security to nickel in MSU’s new defense. Depending on who is available, Okada can line up anywhere in high school. He led the Bobcats with eight tackles last week and will likely be punchy again.

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SAN DIEGO PLAYERS TO WATCH

10 – Mason Randall – QB

Randall, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound graduate student, threw for 372 yards, one touchdown and three picks with a 58.8 percent completion rate. While completing 63% of his passes, he threw for 1,561 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last spring.

11 – Emilio Martinez – RB

Martinez walks the group of exceptional runners from San Diego. He has a team-high 122 yards on 33 carries. The 5-10, 200-pound senior totaled a high of 461 rushing yards in the spring. As a team, the Toreros totaled 292 yards in 77 attempts.

47 – Kama Kamaka – LB

MSU head coach Brent Vigen said San Diego has a lot of defense experience and Kamaka has played every game of his career with Toreros. He led the team in tackles in 2018 and 2019. The 6-1, 210-pound senior is a two-time all-pioneer selection.

HIGHLIGHTS

– Isaiah Ifanse became the fourth Bobcat in the past five seasons to run for 2,000 career yards.

–Lance McCutcheon led MSU in receiving two straight games. He caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown last week.

– Eight Bobcats were tackled for loss in their last game. Amandre Williams led the way with 1.5 tackles for a loss, which were sacks.

– Despite dominating their first two opponents 61-26 and totaling 756 yards to 575, the Bobcats are lagging in possession time by an average of four minutes and eight seconds.

– The Bobcats have yet to allow any points in the first and third quarters. They only allowed three touchdowns in total.

– In MSU quarterback Matthew McKay’s first two starts, he has yet to throw an interception or lose a fumble. In total, the Bobcats have returned the ball once.

– The Bobcats have scored in their five trips to the red zone this season.

THE LOWER LINE

After a near upheaval in Wyoming to start the season, Montana State responded with a resounding victory over an FCS opponent last week to start their home schedule. The Bobcats appear focused and determined to end their non-conference list with a winning record.

MSU limited errors and looked impressive on both sides of the ball. The Bobcats are finding a rhythm in attack and have been strong in defense. There is little reason to believe that they will not continue this momentum and start Big Sky games above 0.500.

Pool Pick: Montana State 37, San Diego 17


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