Bobcat outburst leads Montana State to 42-7 win over Southern Utah

BOZEMAN, Montana — Jeff Choate said on Monday in a press conference that seemed part confessional, part therapy and totally honest that his team needed to “play to win.”

Montana State’s head football coach mentioned his Bobcats’ struggling offense needing to avoid “getting put in a box.”

The Bobcats burst out of that box on Saturday afternoon against Southern Utah, using an array of creative, explosive and brand new offensive plays operated by a group of new offensive players on the way to a route of the Thunderbirds.

Montana State scored 21 points in the span of four minutes in the first quarter, then scored 21 more points in the second quarter to take a commanding 42-0 lead into halftime against a suddenly downtrodden SUU team. With a six-touchdown cushion, No. 14 Montana State cruised to a 42-7 win in front 15,617 to snap a two-game losing streak in explosive fashion.

“One of the things we talked about was coming into this game was we wanted to be the most excited team when we took the field and I thought our energy was very good from the jump,” Choate said after his 23rd win at MSU and his team’s first win since October 5. “I think that momentum carried through.”

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