4th-ranked Bobcats pull away for 40-17 win over Cowboys

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Mason Kinsey had a sack overnight.

Box Score BOZEMAN, Montana – McNeese faced off with 4e-ranked Montana State in the first two quarters, but in the third the Bobcats exploded, outscoring McNeese 16-0 and outscoring the Cowboys 224-50 on total offense to guide them to a season-opening 40-17 victory in front of a sold out crowd of 21,678.

McNeese showed signs of a team that is well on its way back to the glory days, but also signs of a team that is still learning a new system under new coaches and with a roster where more than half of the players see the action in blue and gold for the first time.

D’Angelo Durham led the Cowboys rushing with 82 yards on three carries, including 75 on a touchdown in the first play of the Cowboys’ first series in the second quarter. Deonta McMahon added 65 yards on eight carries and averaged 8.1 yards per carry.

Trimester Knox Kadum completed 11 of 21 passes for 126 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Mason Pierce caught a game-high seven passes for 44 yards.

Running back Bobcat Lane Sumner rushed for 176 yards on 24 carries while eight running backs combined to rush for 359 yards and three touchdowns. For the match, MSU beat McNeese 541-303 on all-out offense.

MSU quarterback Tommy Mellott completed 10 of 18 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 44 yards and another score.

After a scoreless first quarter, Montana State got in first on a 3-yard goalie from Sean Chambers on the first play of the second quarter.

McNeese responded quickly on his first play on subsequent possession, transfer running back Durham exploding through the middle en route to a 75-yard score to tie the game 7-7.

MSU’s Blake Glessner threw a 36-yard field goal to put the Bobcats up 10-7, but the Cowboys came right back and threatened to take the lead after a 31-yard run by Deonta McMahon put the ball at the 8-yard line. The drive stalled at 1 when Garrison Smith had an 18-yard field goal to tie the game 10-10 late in the half.

Montana State took a 17-10 lead on a pass from Tommy Mellott to Willie Patterson for 17 yards with less than a minute left in the second as halftime ended when the Cowboys let time run out. flow out.

The Bobcats dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Cowboys 224-50 on total offense and taking a 33-10 lead.

McNeese cut the lead to 33-17 in the first play of the fourth quarter when Josh Matthews caught a pass to the left, missed a defender, broke a tackle and sprinted 66 yards for the touchdown.

The Cowboys regained possession when Cowboys safety Enos Lewis forced Mellott to fumble the ball as he fought for more yardage, then recovered and sent it back to the 50 with just under 11 minutes to go. But the Cowboys would return the ball to the Bobcats after turning around when Kadum was sacked on a 4e-and-5 to 50.

The Bobcats got their last touchdown with 4:10 left on a 17-yard run from Mellott.

McNeese vs. Montana State postgame notes:
Knox Kadum started the game at quarterback and played the entire first half, completing 6-10 passes for 32 yards.
Cam Ransom ran the first play of the second half and rushed for 31 yards.
• D’Angelo Durham’s 75-yard touchdown run on the first play for the Cowboys in 2n/a quarter is tied with 20e the longest TD in school history.
• A total of 17 players saw action in blue McNeese in gold for the first time.

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