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MSU expecting interest in coaching vacancy 

Fields addresses reporters Monday- KBZK photo (BOZEMAN)- Montana State's athletic director is expecting there will be a lot of interesting in filling Rob Ash's position as Bobcats head coach. 

As KBZK reported yesterday, Ash was fired as head coach of the Bobcats after a meeting Monday, following MSU's lost to the University of Montana is the annual Cat-Griz game. Athletic Director Peter Fields told reporters during a noon press conference the decision came after a full evaluation of the 'Cats football program. 

The search for Ash's replacement is starting right away. Fields is hoping to have a new coach in place by early December so he can be involved in recruiting for next season. 

Ash had a 70-38 record during his time at MSU, but was 4-14 against key rivals Montana and Eastern Washington. 


Cats come up short in showdown with the Eagles

(BOZEMAN)- With more than a 1,100 yards combined total offense you could say the fans got their money's worth in Bozeman Saturday. But MSU fans would have been a lot happier if the game could have ended a couple of minutes earlier.

In a real shootout, Eastern Washington hit the locker room with smiles after beating the Bobcats 52-51.

The game see-sawed back and forth all day long, with Dakota Prukop appearing to have iced the game for MSU when he tossed his fourth TD of the day with just 1:55 remaining. But Bobcat Shaun Johnson lost the handle on a pass a few seconds later that would have put Montana State in field goal range. And that allowed the Eagles to score on a 1-yard scamper, topped with a 2-point conversion to get the victory. 

Eastern Washington finished with 582-yards, more than 350 of those through the air, while the Bobcats managed 547-yards passing and running. 

Perhaps just as importantly, the Eagles managed to top 2-for-2 on 4th down conversions while MSU failed on all three tries. 

The win pushed Eastern Washington's season record to 3-1 while MSU fell to 2-2 on the year. 



Bobcats pound the ground in Saturday win

Cody Kirk runs right at the NAU defense Saturday- MSU photo by Paul Burns(BOZEMAN)- Stand out quarterback DeNarius McGhee may have been back on the field, but for the 'Cats it was all about the running game Saturday as MSU pounded Big Sky Conference rival Northern Arizona with a 36-7 win before an enthusiastic Homecoming crowd. 

Frenchtown's Cody Kirk did much of the heavy lifting, making 156-yards on 27-carries and 1-touchdown for the afternoon. But it was Shawn Johnson who added the flash, with a 100-yard kickoff return. McGhee threw for 72-yards and added a 9-yard scamper of his own for one of the Bobcats' TDs. 

NAU's only touchdown on the day came off an interception, which was promptly answered by Johnson's big return. 

MSU was ranked 8th going into the game, and the victory lifts MSU to 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. The 'Cats will have a bye next week before heading south to take on Weber State October 19th. 


Bobcats breeze to opening win

(BOZEMAN)- A lot of coaches and writers are expecting the MSU Bobcats to take the Big Sky Championship this year. And Saturday's initial outing showed no reason to doubt those predictions. 

The 'Cats looked more than ready for the season to begin as they pulverized the Monmouth Hawks 42-24 on Saturday in Bozeman. 

MSU had racked up almost 400-yards in total offense by half-time alone. Frenchtown's Cody Kirk, who is expected to be a standout for the Bobcats again this year picked up two touchdowns in the first half on his way to setting the new MSU record for career rushing TDs at 31. 

Montana State will continue its preseason schedule on the road against SMU next Saturday.