Big Sky Review 2015.10

BSC  Week 10 Review

Lance Berndt & Kris Kallem, BSC  Contributors | November 10, 2015

Lance says-

Weber State 23  UC-Davis 3
The Wildcats completely dominated the Aggies on both sides of the ball en route to a comfortable 20 point win. Weber State used the ground game to their full advantage rushing for 321 yards as a team. Treshawn Garrett led the way with 152 yards and 2 TDs on 19 carries. Kicker Brady Stuart had the one highlight for UC-Davis. His first quarter 52 yard field goal is tied for the 7th longest field goal of the season at the FCS level.

Montana 33  Idaho State 27 (OT)
In one of the wildest finishes you’ll ever see, Montana sneaks out a win against Idaho State. With Idaho State lining up for a game-winning field goal in overtime, the long snapper sent the ball over the holders head and it raced towards midfield. A Grizzly got his hands on the ball and out of desperation tossed the ball straight into the air. Luckily Eric Johnson was their to snag the ball and sprint into the end zone for the wacky win. Still, crazy finish aside, it was quite the sad sack performance for the Griz. Playing against one of the worst defenses in the country, Montana scored just 6 points in the second half. Makena Simis and Jeremy Calhoun combined for 203 rushing yards and a TD for the Griz, while Xavier Finney and Jakori Ford totaled 192 rushing yards and a TD for the Bengals. The Griz defense did play well with 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, and the game-winning fumble recovery.

Cal Poly 36   Sacramento State 14
The Hornets actually hung tough and moved the ball pretty well against the Mustang defense, but two early missed field goals allowed Cal Poly to take a quick 2 TD lead. The Mustangs added two more quick scores to start the second half and coasted to the easy win. The nation’s best rushing attack tallied 366 more yards on just 60 carries. Sacramento State was led by freshman QB Noah Ketteringham who was 33-42 for 335 yards and 1 TD. Senior WR Shane Harrison caught 12 receptions for 128 yards and 1 TD.

Kris Says-

Northern Colorado 35   Portland State 32
This was a great game with the Vikings getting their only lead on a Steven Long touchdown late in the 4th quarter. After trading possessions, the Bears get the ball on their own 11 with 44 seconds remaining. Jacob Knipp hits Alex Wesley on a 58 yard pass and two plays later, Trae Riek runs it in for the game winner from the two. Like we’ve been saying all season, every team in the conference has enough talent to go toe to toe with even the conference elites.

Southern Utah 34   Montana State 23
Southern Utah holds Dakota Prukop to just 163 yards passing and forces three interceptions as they remain unbeaten in conference play. Montana State led at half time 10-7 but the Tbirds rattled off 21 straight points on two touchdowns from Malik Brown and one by Levi Te’o, to put the game out of reach. Southern Utah has been out-gained the last two weeks but you can get away with that when you lead the nation in takeaways at 25.

Northern Arizona 52   Eastern Washington 30
Eastern out-gained the Lumberjacks, but 4 turnovers by the Eagles were the difference. The two most costly came on a Marcus Alford pick 6 of Jordan West in the 4th quarter followed by an Eastern fumble on the ensuing kickoff. The Jacks quickly scored again three plays later to go up by 24. NAU was 13-19 in 3rd down conversions and held the Eagles to just one score in three redzone attempts.

Jordan West appears to have regressed the last couple of games and has no help from an anemic rushing attack. NAU held Eastern to just 71 yards on the ground. Look for freshman quarterback Reilly Hennessey to share duties with West this upcoming week.

Players of the Week:

Northern Colorado running back Trae Riek grabs the honors on offense. He had a monster day against Portland State rushing for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also caught 5 passes for 57 yards.

Montana’s JR Nelson picks up the defensive award. Nelson had Montana’s first pick-6 of the season and accounted for 4 solo tackles from the cornerback position.

Special Teams
Kicker Ryan Hawkins of NAU was not only perfect on his PAT’s against Eastern Washington, he also ran down the field and recovered Simba Webster’s fumbled kickoff return early in the 4th quarter, giving him the Special Teams Player of the Week.



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