Big Sky Review 2015.4

BSC  Week 4 Review

Lance Berndt & Kris Kallem, BSC  Contributors | September 29, 2015

Kris Says-

North Dakota 31 UC Davis 24

Both defenses played well holding the opposing team to under 300 yards. Davis quarterback Ben Scott had another efficient performance managing 3 touchdowns on just 14-20 passing and 174 yards. North Dakota’s rushing attack was the difference with freshman John Santiago chipping in 152 of the 240 total yards gained on the ground against the Aggies.

Weber State 38 Northern Colorado 17

The game was never close as the Wildcats led 31-0 halfway through the third quarter. Weber racked up 254 yards rushing led by sophomore running back Eric Wilkes with 122.

Portland State 31 Western Oregon 0

The Viking defense dominated the Division II Wolves holding Western Oregon to just 27 yards rushing and 10 first downs. Portland State junior Xavier Coleman led the way with two interceptions. It’s early but the Viking’s are currently ranked 15th in FCS in total defense giving up just 293 yards on average and only 4 touchdowns this season through 3 games.

UNLV 80 Idaho State 8

The Rebels had 5 different players rush for touchdowns and scored a total of 11 on the night as UNLV blows the doors off any chance of Idaho State recovering last season’s success. Very disappointing performance by the Bengals.

Lance says-

Montana State 45 Cal Poly 28

The Bobcats dominated this highly anticipated game by jumping out to an early 21-0 lead and never letting Cal Poly diminish the lead to less than double digits. Dakota Prukop was once again lights out for the Cats, but this time mainly through the air. Beau Sandland caught the largest portion hauling in 5 receptions for 156 yards and 2 TDs. Chad Newell also had a solid game on the ground with 111 yards and 3 TDs on just 19 carries. Montana State’s defense was also able to shut down QB Chris Brown’s rushing effort, forcing Cal Poly to giving the option to Protheroe and Garcia. The two did combine 265 yards and 3 TDs on 45 carries, but holding Brown intact proved to be very effective.

Montana 23 Northern Arizona 14

The Grizzlies controlled both sides of the ball in the first half, but were once again ineffective in the red zone settling for 3 first half field goals. The usual suspects Case Cookus and Emmanuel Butler fueled a Lumberjack comeback in the second half with back to back touchdowns, but Montana’s defense toughened up and shut out NAU the rest of the way. The Grizzly defense combined for 8 sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery, and 12 tackles for loss. Chad Chalich filled in pretty well at QB passing for 279 yards and a TD. Jamaal Jones led the receiving corps with yet another 100+ yard receiving day.

Southern Utah 55 D-II Brevard 7

Brevard’s defense kept Southern Utah scoreless through 14 minutes, but the Thunderbirds ran away with the game from that point on. Most impressively for Southern Utah was their rushing attack with 365 yards and 5 TDs.

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