Montana State defense takes step forward in Big Sky Conference-opening win

Posted at 5:59 PM, Sep 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 13:40:22-04

PORTLAND, Ore. – For as good as the Montana State Bobcats’ offense looked Saturday in a 43-23 win over Portland State, the defense was every bit as impressive. The Cats’ defense held the Vikings to more field goals – three – than touchdowns – two.

“We definitely did make some mistakes, but we’ve got to look at the day as a whole, and I think we held them pretty well,” said Cats defensive lineman Bryce Sterk. “We try to keep them to 19 or under and didn’t quite make that goal, so we’ve got to improve for next week.”

“We were able to get some scores and make them one-dimensional, and that’s always a positive thing,” said head coach Jeff Choate. “But we’ve got to do a better job of leveraging the quarterback, and that will be a point of emphasis this week.”

Wide receiver Kevin Kassis highlighted impressive game from MSU’s secondary.

“Jahque (Alleyne) played really well, and Tyrell Thomas, too. He had some really key pass breakups,” Kassis said. “I think teams are starting to not go his way as much because he’s pretty lock-down out there.”

That Bobcat defense will certainly try to tighten the screws next Saturday as MSU hosts No. 6 Eastern Washington at Bobcat Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.