Montana State runs past Coyotes, 37-18 The Montana State football team handed The University of South Dakota football team its third loss of the season Saturday, defeating the Coyotes, 37-18, Saturday in front of 11,047 fans at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, MT. MSUâ�?�?s defense put together a strong effort, holding an explosive Coyote offensive attack that was averaging 531 yards a game in total offense entering Saturdayâ�?�?s contest to 241 yards Saturday. The Bobcats gained 387 yards themselves. USD lost despite forcing five turnovers in the game. Brad McCurry (RFr., Watauga, TX) recovered two fumbles, both off of special-team returns. The loss dropped USD to 2-3 on the year, while MSU improved to 2-2. All three Coyote losses have been to FCS foes. The Coyotes battled tough in the first half and trailed just 14-0 at the break before MSU extended its advantage to 35-0 with three second-half touchdowns. Dion Foster (So., Robbins, IL) scored on a 32-yard rushing touchdown for the Coyotes in the fourth quarter to get USD on the board. Isaac Newton (Jr., New Orleans, LA) added a seven-yard scoring run for the Coyotes, and USDâ�?�?s final touchdown came on a three-yard pass from Dante Warren (RFr., Arlington Heights, IL) to London Landry (Jr., Lancaster, CA) with 3:13 left to make the final score 37-18. The Coyotes got the ball first but were forced on a three-and-out by the Bobcat defense. After the Coyotesâ�?�? Tim Stanek nailed a punt for 66 yards, Montana State converted on its first drive to take a 7-0 lead, going on a 10-play, 86-yard march, capping it�? off with a two-yard touchdown run by C. J. Palmer with 8:43 left in the first quarter. On its next drive, USD looked to establish things offensively, with Shepard hitting Dustin Nowotny (RFr., Rapid City) to bring the Coyotes across their 45-yard line. But the drive stalled, forcing another punt. USDâ�?�?s defense forced a punt on the Bobcatsâ�?�? next offensive possession, and a good punt return by Isaiah Dixon gave the Coyotes the ball at midfield with 5:55 left in the first half. The Bobcat defense forced a three-and-out for the second time in the quarter as the Coyotes punted. Montana State drove inside Coyote territory again, but USDâ�?�?s defense came up big, as Bogan picked off MSU quarterback Cody Kempt inside the 10-yard line to end the threat. USD punted on its next offensive possession. On the punt, USDâ�?�?s defense came up with another turnover, as Kyle Wheeler (Fr., Omaha, NE) �? forced a fumble, which was recovered by Brad McCurry (RFr., Watauga, TX). The Coyotes moved into Bobcat territory and tried to convert a fourth-and-short but were not able to, turning the ball over on downs. USD quickly got the ball back when Ryan Routh (Jr., Sioux Falls) picked off Kempf inside Bobcat territory. The Coyotes attempted to convert that turnover into a touchdown but were stopped, setting up a 39-yard field goal try by Justin Veazie (Jr., Chino, CA). The Bobcats broke through and blocked the field-goal attempt to leave the score at 7-0. After the blocked kick, the Bobcats took over and went on the move. The big play was a 23-yard scramble by Kempt, which brought MSU inside the Coyote 25-yard line. A few plays later, Kempt hit DeSean Thomas for an eight-yard touchdown pass, and with the extra point, MSU had built a 14-0 lead with 52 seconds left in the first half. The score stood that way at the halftime break. The Coyote forced three first-half turnovers, including two on defense on the interceptions by Routh and Mychal Bogan (Jr., Los Angeles, CA) and the special teams fumble-recovery by McCurry. USD was held to 89 yards in the first half, while the Bobcats piled up 235 yards of offense in the first 30 minutes. Montana State began the second half on offense and took the opening possession and moved in for a touchdown, scoring on a two-yard run by Palmer, putting the Bobcats up, 21-0 with 11:11 left in the third. USD had a big-play nullified by a penalty as quarterback Noah Shepard (Jr., Thornton, CO) hit Landry for a big pass down the right side. The officials ruled offensive interference, which nullified the play. Later in the third, after a Coyote turnover, the Bobcats scored another touchdown on a three-yard run by Demetrius Crawford to build a 28-0 advantage. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Shepard was intercepted, and the Bobcats converted that into points as Crawford scored on a seven-yard run as the Montana State lead grew to 35-0. The Coyotes got on the board in the fourth quarter on Fosterâ�?�?s 32-yard score with 5:59 left.�? Later in the fourth, Newton scored from seven yards out to bring the Coyotes within 37-12, followed by Landryâ�?�?s touchdown catch, which was set up by another special teams fumble recovery by McCurry. Bogan, Routh and Isaiah Dixon (Sr., Minneapolis, MN) finished with interceptions for the Coyote defense. �? Bogan and Wayne Curry (Jr., Tampa, FL) each had six tackles to lead the USD defense. Shepard finished 7-of-19 for 74 yards and an interception. Foster led the ground game with 34 yards and a score.�? Warren was 6-for-13 for 64 yards and a score. USD resumes action Saturday, Oct. 4 when it plays at No. 9-ranked Cal Poly. It will mark USDâ�?�?s first-ever game in Great West Conference play.
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