Thursday, December 2, 2021

Montana State edges Weber State 13-7 in defensive battle

OGDANE, Utah (NWN) — Two field goals from freshman kicker Blake Glesner in the third quarter made the difference in a defense-heavy contest as Montana State beat Webber State 13-7 on Friday night.

Montana State (6-1, 4-0 Big Sky Conference) played a catchup after leading Weber State (2-4, 1-2) on a game-opening drive. The Bobcats, ranked ninth in a poll of FCS coaches, scored 7-7 just before halftime when Matthew McKay scored on a 1-yard keeper to tie the game. Glessner added third-quarter field goals of 46 and 32 yards in the third quarter.

After Glesner’s second field goal, the Bobcats and the Wildcats pitted against each other, trading eight punts and three turnovers on the next 11 properties, until Montana State was defeated for the last time with less than 90 seconds. Ball not found.

McKay scrambled to his right for a critical first down with 1:15, leaving the Bobcats out of the clock.

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Montana State Defensive End Daniel Hardy had two solo sacks and two assists, which included a crucial fall from Webber State quarterback Bronson Barron to third and long, with less than two minutes left in the game.

The 18th-ranked Wildcats went for 97 yards to score on the game-opening drive, taking a 7–0 lead when Josh Davis ran a 9. Davis took a 53-yard lead in the game, with Baron competing 16 of 29 passes for 215 yards but was sacked four times.

McKay passed 19 out of 12 passes for 76 yards and was dismissed twice. Isaiah Ifanse did it 25 times for 83 yards.

Montana State sits atop the Big Sky standings with second-placed East Washington (6-0, 3-0). The teams meet at EWU on November 6.

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