Scores

Final

Monmouth 24

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Montana State 42

(1-0, 1-0 home)

9:05 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Bobcat Stadium (MT), Bozeman, MT

1 2 3 4 T
MONM 3 0 7 1424
MTST 22 17 3 042

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hill (MONM) - 240 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Hayes (MONM) - 22 CAR, 135 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Bleskin (MTST) - 7 REC, 121 YDS

Montana St. runs over Monmouth in 42-24 rout

Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State ran wild on Monmouth in the first half and cruised to a 42-24 win in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

MSU scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to go up 22-0, the last a 90-yard run by Shawn Johnson. The Bobcats rolled up 388 total yards, including 205 rushing by halftime, before a stadium record 21,007 fans. They finished with 561 total yards.

Brad Daly led the defensive charge for the Bobcats. The end had four quarterback hurries, four tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in the first half alone. He set up a touchdown for tackle Craig Ashworth by harassing Brandon Hill into a bad throw. He then blocked the quarterback and raced to the sideline for a second block, allowing Ashworth to score.

"It was a great play by Ashworth, but let's be honest he doesn't score without Daly's blocking," MSU coach Rob Ash said.

Julian Hayes ran for 139 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown for Monmouth.

"They got off to an incredibly hot start," Monmouth coach Kevin Callahan said. "We were in a hole early, a hole we couldn't get out of."

Cody Kirk ran for two first-half scores, setting a school career record for rushing touchdowns with 31.

"It was awesome to see Cody get the record," Ash said. "He sets an example for everyone on this football team with hard work and extra effort."

Monmouth running back Julian Hayes ran for 135 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONM
MTST
1st Downs1523
Total Yards355561
Passing240268
Rushing115293
Penalties4-369-80
3rd Down Conversions2-106-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers20
Possession27:3232:28

Passing Leaders

MonmouthC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill18/312407.722
Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGhee19/272408.900

Rushing Leaders

MonmouthCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hayes221356.1140
Asante200.001
Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson510921.8190
McGhee55410.8149

Receiving Leaders

MonmouthRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sumlin37725.7177
Davenport46716.8038
Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bleskin712117.3047
Flotkoetter35117.0030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONMMTST
TD12:35DeNarius McGhee 1 Yd Run (Tanner Roderick Run For Two-Point Conversion) 08
TD09:51Cody Kirk 5 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 015
TD08:32Shawn Johnson 90 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 022
FG03:33Eric Spillane 45 Yd 322
SECOND QUARTERMONMMTST
TD08:21Cody Kirk 1 Yd Run (Rory Perez Kick) 329
FG04:57Rory Perez 26 Yd 332
TD00:50Craig Ashworth 57 Yd Interception Return (Rory Perez Kick) 339
THIRD QUARTERMONMMTST
TD08:13Julian Hayes 3 Yd Run (Eric Spillane Kick) 1039
FG04:22Rory Perez 40 Yd 1042
FOURTH QUARTERMONMMTST
TD11:31Eric Sumlin 77 Yd Pass From Brandon Hill (Eric Spillane Kick) 1742
TD05:39Elijah Phillips 17 Yd Pass From Brandon Hill (Eric Spillane Kick) 2442