Analysis

Young core of Bobcat defenders hungry to forget 2015

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Fresh off its stoutest performance to date of the 2015 season, Montana State’s defense found itself with a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into its contest against surging Portland State last October.

The previous week, the Bobcats stonewalled Sacramento State, holding the Hornets to three second-half points and notching three sacks, including a hit by defensive tackle Taylor Sheridan that took Sac quarterback Kolney Cassel out of the game.

At that point in Montana State’s season, the Bobcats were 3-2, including 2-1 in league play with each conference win going hand in hand with a decent defensive performance. MSU’s other losses were to explosive Eastern Washington (55-50), the top passing attack in the FCS, and upstart Northern Arizona, a suddenly explosive offense that hung 49 points on MSU.

Fresh off its stoutest performance to date of the 2015 season, Montana State’s defense found itself with a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into its contest against surging Portland State last October.

The previous week, the Bobcats stonewalled Sacramento State, holding the Hornets to three second-half points and notching three sacks, including a hit by defensive tackle Taylor Sheridan that took Sac quarterback Kolney Cassel out of the game.

At that point in Montana State’s season, the Bobcats were 3-2, including 2-1 in league play with each conference win going hand in hand with a decent defensive performance. MSU’s other losses were to explosive Eastern Washington (55-50), the top passing attack in the FCS, and upstart Northern Arizona, a suddenly explosive offense that hung 49 points on MSU.

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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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