Live coverage from Bobcat Stadium for the 2019 Gold Rush game with No. 12 Montana State hosting No. 12 Southeast Missouri September 7, 2019.
PREGAME: No. 13-ranked Montana State, coming off a 45-10 loss at FBS Texas Tech last week, faces a key nonconference FCS matchup tonight when it hosts No. 12 Southeast Missouri. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. The Redhawks are coming off a 44-26 victory over Southern Illinois.
With this being a matchup between top 15 teams, the winner could set itself up for bigger things later in the season, as Bobcats coach Jeff Choate alluded to earlier in the week.
“Let’s be frank: This is a big game. This is a big game for both programs,” Choate said. “It’s not the season, because there’s lot of football left to be played, but this is a great opportunity for both teams to establish themselves in the upper echelon of FCS football right now.”
SEMO is Montana State's first-ever opponent from the Ohio Valley Conference, and its first opponent ever from the state of Missouri.
Keep it here for quarter-by-quarter updates from Bobcat Stadium.
FIRST QUARTER: The Bobcats get things started early with two big plays. First, receiver Coy Steel comes off the edge to block a punt on SEMO's first possession, and two plays later Troy Andersen takes a shotgun snap, keeps the ball and scampers 38 yards to the end zone. It was Andersen's 27th career touchdown, and MSU takes an early 7-0 advantage.
Andersen again makes his presence felt on the Redhawks next series, sacking QB Daniel Santacaterina on third down. That eventually produces a 34-yard field goal by Tristan Bailey and a 10-0 MSU lead with 3:37 left in the quarter.
SECOND QUARTER: The Bobcats make the day's first mistake as punter Jered Padmos can't handle a low snap and SEMO recovers the ball on the MSU 9-yard line. Three plays later Santacaterina hits Kristian Wilkerson in the end zone for a 5-yard TD pass. That pulls the Redhawks to within 10-7 with 11:01 on the clock.
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The Bobcats get the ball back and running back Isaiah Ifanse rips off a 62-yard run to inside the SEMO 10. MSU is pushed back a couple plays later by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and Bailey misses a 39-yard field goal attempt.
MSU gets the day's first defensive takeaway as JoJo Henderson jumps in front of a Santacaterina pass, giving the Bobcats the ball back with less than 3:00 on the clock. MSU though, is forced to punt the ball away. With just seconds left, Santacaterina threw up a Hail Mary that was intercepted by Jahque Alleyne, but a roughing the passer penalty on Bryce Sterk gives SEMO another play, and Kendrick Tiller nails a 55-yard field goal to tie the game 10-10 at the break.
THIRD QUARTER: Andersen begins the second half at quarterback and he races 44 yards on the second play of MSU's first possession. One play later true freshman running back DeMareus Hosey is in the end zone from 9 yards away and the Bobcats are back on top 17-10.
Bauman returns at quarterback after a SEMO punt, and hits Kevin Kassis with a 38-yard pass inside the 5. Andersen runs it in from 2 yards to give MSU some breathing room at 24-10. The Bobcats add to that lead as Logan Jones takes a quick pass from Travis Jonsen and runs 55 yards to the end zone. MSU leads 31-10 at the end of the quarter.
FOURTH QUARTER: Southeast Missouri finally ends MSU's second-half run as Mark Robinson scores from 1-yard out to pare the score to 38-17 with 11:55 remaining. The Redhawks the successfully executed an onside kick but were forced to punt.
That's how the game ended, as both teams moved to 1-1 early in the season.
FINAL SCORE: Montana State 38, Southeast Missouri 17