Bobcats putting SDSU loss in rearview mirror


BOZEMAN — As Jeff Choate emerged from the Montana State locker room following a deflating loss, he took a moment to compose himself, bent over, his hands on his knees taking a few deep breaths before recapping the thrashing his team had just taken at the hands of the No. 3 team in the FCS.

One would forgive Choate if he was feeling sick after MSU’s 45-14 loss at South Dakota State on Saturday evening in Brookings, South Dakota. The Bobcats mustered just one first down in the first half and just six overall. Montana State, the top rushing team in the Big Sky Conference last season, gained just 29 yards on the ground.

With quarterback Troy Andersen on a limited snap count at other positions because of surgery on an injured left hand, MSU struggled with communication and operation offensively, leading to its defense having to play nearly 40 minutes of football. The fatigue from that many snaps caused for misalignments and fundament errors to pile up as the Bobcats suffered one of their most lopsided losses in Choate’s three seasons at the helm.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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