Scores

Final

Montana State 63

(3-2, 1-0 Big Sky)

North Dakota 20

(1-3, 0-1 Big Sky)

3:30 PM ET, September 28, 2013

Alerus Center, GRAND FORKS, ND

1 2 3 4 T
MTST 14 28 14 763
UND 0 7 7 620

Top Performers

Passing: J. Bleskin (MTST) - 77 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Kirk (MTST) - 12 CAR, 104 YDS, 5 TD

Receiving: T. Bleskin (MTST) - 6 REC, 147 YDS, 1 TD

Kirk leads Montana St. to 63-20 win over N Dakota

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Cody Kirk rushed for five touchdowns to lead Montana State to a 63-20 victory over North Dakota in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams Saturday.

Montana State (3-2, 1-0 Big Sky) jumped out to an early lead as Kirk scored all five touchdowns in the first half.

Jake Miller ran for a score from 14 yards out to get North Dakota(1-3, 0-1) within a touchdown, 14-7, early in the second quarter. The Bobcats took control from then on to cruise to a 42-7 halftime advantage.

Montana State, which shared the Big Sky Conference championship with Eastern Washington and Cal-Poly last year, racked up 586 total yards of offense. DeNarius McGhee had 194 yards through the air, completing 13 of 18 attempts. Shawn Johnson was the most prolific rusher for the Bobcats, totaling 134 yards on 13 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTST
UND
1st Downs3616
Total Yards586250
Passing27185
Rushing315165
Penalties11-905-42
3rd Down Conversions9-134-11
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers14
Possession34:4225:16

Passing Leaders

Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGhee13/1819410.800
North DakotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bartels6/13624.801

Rushing Leaders

Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson1313410.3021
Kirk121048.7525
North DakotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Miller17935.5114
Jackson7436.1014

Receiving Leaders

Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bleskin614724.5164
Dash33411.3016
North DakotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Townsend44010.0015
Golladay23618.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTSTUND
TD10:30Cody Kirk 7 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 70
TD08:10Cody Kirk 1 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERMTSTUND
TD10:50Jake Miller 14 Yd Run (Zeb Miller Kick) 147
TD08:08Cody Kirk 19 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 217
TD03:18Cody Kirk 5 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 287
TD01:11Cody Kirk 25 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 357
TD00:53James Nelson 45 Yd Fumble Return (Rory Perez Kick) 427
THIRD QUARTERMTSTUND
TD10:45Chad Newell 8 Yd Pass From Jake Bleskin (Rory Perez Kick) 497
TD05:43Jameer Jackson 4 Yd Pass From Joe Mollberg (Zeb Miller Kick) 4914
TD00:25Tanner Bleskin 23 Yd Pass From Jake Bleskin (Rory Perez Kick) 5614
FOURTH QUARTERMTSTUND
TD10:52Alex Hickel 13 Yd Fumble Return (Pat Failed) 5620
TD03:55Brandon Davis 11 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 6320