Montana State rushed for 339 yards and forced four turnovers in a 35-14 win over Incarnate Word in the first round of the FCS Playoffs in Bozeman on Saturday afternoon. Freshman running back Isaiah Ifanse rushed for a program playoff record 171 yards on 30 carries, quarterback Troy Andersen added 89 yards and his 20th touchdown this season to tie Don Hass’ 53-year-old single-season record and Brayden Konkol posted a defensive grand slam with a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception as MSU won for the fourth week in a row.
Following the game, UIW head coach Eric Morris, senior defensive end Justin Alexandre and junior quarterback Sean Brophy along with Montana State head coach Jeff Choate, Konkol, Andersen and junior wide receiver Travis Jonsen addressed the media.
Montana State (8-4) advances to take on top-seeded North Dakota State in Fargo. The playoff victory is MSU’s first since a 16-10 win over Stony Brook in the second round of the 2012 FCS playoffs. Incarnate Word of the Southland Conference ends its season with a 6-5 record.