Scores

Final

Colorado Mesa 0

Montana State 26

(2-1, 2-0 home)

3:05 PM ET, September 14, 2013

Bobcat Stadium (MT), Bozeman, MT

1 2 3 4 T
MESA 0 0 0 00
MTST 11 8 7 026

Top Performers

Passing: J. Bleskin (MTST) - 305 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Kirk (MTST) - 14 CAR, 55 YDS

Receiving: B. Flotkoetter (MTST) - 5 REC, 80 YDS, 2 TD

Montana State beats Colorado State-Mesa 26-0

Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Jake Bleskin threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns in his debut at quarterback for Montana State leading the Bobcats to a 26-0 win over Division II Colorado State-Mesa.

Bleskin, who completed 26 of 35 passes and had no interceptions, is filling in for injured senior Denarius McGhee, who separated his shoulder last week against Southern Methodist on the last play of the game.

"It was good to get my feet wet," Bleskin said. "I thought (CSU-Mesa) played really good. They played some funky coverages.

"It was important for me to know these guys trusted me," Bleskin said of his teammates. "I had 10 studs with me out there and four or five of them are wide receivers."

Junior wide receiver Brian Flotkoetter caught two touchdowns and had five catches for 80 yards for the Bobcats (2-1). Both touchdowns were from 18 yards out. Tanner Bleskin, Jake's brother, caught 10 passes for 96 yards and Jon Ellis had seven catches for 110 yards. The starting wide receivers had 22 catches for 286 yards.

CSU-Mesa (1-1) had little success moving the ball all day. They finished with 164 yards thanks in part to MSU defensive end Brad Daly and outside linebacker Alex Singleton. Daly had four sacks, and Singleton had four tackles for loss and returned an interception for a touchdown.

"I thought I was gonna drop it," Singleton said of his interception, which he bobbled for about five yards before securing it. "They kept running the 10-yard out route and it came right to me."

Many thought that third-ranked MSU would have a more convincing win.

"You'll never hear me complain about a win," MSU head coach Rob Ash said. "The only team that really had a chance to win the game was us."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MESA
MTST
1st Downs920
Total Yards168403
Passing41305
Rushing12798
Penalties6-303-20
3rd Down Conversions2-157-18
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers20
Possession26:0333:57

Passing Leaders

Colorado MesaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Duran5/16412.601
Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bleskin26/353058.720

Rushing Leaders

Colorado MesaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cimolino15926.1030
Trinidad7294.1018
Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kirk14553.9014
Johnson11282.509

Receiving Leaders

Colorado MesaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Neville11313.0013
Lindquist11313.0013
Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ellis711015.7044
Bleskin10969.6025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMESAMTST
FG07:15Rory Perez 26 Yd 03
TD05:53Alex Singleton 23 Yd Interception Return (Mitch Griebel Pass To Austin Barth For Two-Point Conversion) 011
SECOND QUARTERMESAMTST
TD04:18Brian Flotkoetter 18 Yd Pass From Jake Bleskin (Mitch Griebel Run For Two-Point Conversion) 019
THIRD QUARTERMESAMTST
TD00:29Brian Flotkoetter 18 Yd Pass From Jake Bleskin (Rory Perez Kick) 026