Cooper Kupp won another ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference player of the week award.
Eastern Washington’s record-breaking wide receiver was named the conference’s special teams player of the week on Monday. Kupp returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles’ 48-17 win over Idaho State. It was Kupp’s third career punt return for a touchdown, which ties the program record.
Sacramento State’s Jordan Robinson and North Dakota’s Deion Harris also won weekly honors.
Robinson was named the offensive player of the week, rushing for 262 yards and four touchdowns in his final game at Hornet Stadium. The senior had touchdown runs of 75, 40, 30 and 9 yards, with his final score breaking a 35-35 tie to give Sac State a 42-35 win over Portland State.
Robison finished with 300 yards of total offense, becoming the first 200-yard Hornets rusher since 2008.
Harris record a pick-6 in North Dakota’s 38-31 comeback win over Northern Arizona to earn defensive player of the week honors. Harris grabbed his fifth interception of the season and returned it for a touchdown later in the fourth quarter. He also had a season-high seven tackles in UND’s win, which clinched at least a share of the Big Sky Conference championship.
Bobcats get first conference win of Jeff Choate era
Montana State snapped a six-game losing streak with its 27-13 win over UC Davis at Bobcat Stadium, giving the Bobcats their first conference win under Jeff Choate. They’re now 3-7 on the season and 1-6 in conference play.
The MSU defense finally got back in the takeaway column, ending a four-game streak where the Bobcats failed to force a turnover. Mac Bignell forced the fumble, which was the eighth of his career, tying him with Caleb Schreibeis for the school record.
Also in the win, senior Chad Newell, playing in his final game at Bobcat Stadium, rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown, giving him 28 rushing TDs in his career. Newell is one touchdown from second-place Don Hass.
Griz continue tumble in polls
The Montana Grizzlies are still ranked in both the STATS FCS Top 25 and FCS Coaches’ Poll, but they continued their slide down the rankings after last week’s 28-25 loss at Northern Colorado.
Four Big Sky Conference teams are ranked in the STATS FCS Top 25, with the Griz being the lowest of those four at No. 22. They’re behind Eastern Washington (third), North Dakota (10th) and Cal Poly (21st).
In the FCS Coaches’ Poll, Montana checks in at No. 21, ahead of Cal Poly at No. 23. Eastern Washington (third) and North Dakota (eighth) are both ranked in the top 10 of the coaches’ poll.
Sam Houston State is the top-ranked team in both polls. Jacksonville State is second and North Dakota State fourth. The Citadel rounds out the top five in the STATS FCS Top 25, while James Madison is fifth in the FCS Coaches’ Poll.
Montana State at Montana, noon (Saturday)
Eastern Washington at Portland State, 8 p.m. (Friday)
Sacramento State at UC Davis, 2 p.m. (Saturday)
Southern Utah at Northern Arizona, 2 p.m. (Saturday)
Weber State at Idaho State, 2:30 p.m. (Saturday)
Northern Colorado at Cal Poly, 7 p.m. (Saturday)