BOZEMAN — The Montana State Bobcats are 3-1 heading into Saturday’s matchup against Eastern Washington, which came as a surprise to safety Jahque Alleyne.
“We’re 3-1? Oh snap,” he said, a surprised look on his face.
The response says it all. The Bobcats are much more focused on the task at hand rather than all-around accomplishments. This Saturday, the No. 5 team in the FCS, Eastern Washington, will be coming to Bobcat Stadium.
“I think we can play with them. Actually, I wouldn’t think,” Alleyne said. “I know we can play with them, so we just have to execute.”
With guys like Alleyne and Bryce Sterk, the defense is certainly stocked.
“If we can stop their tempo and get them flustered, then they start making mistakes,” Sterk said. “They like to make big plays and once they don’t get them, that’s hopefully when we can capitalize on an opportunity and get the ball back to the offense.”
The Bobcats have put up more than 40 points and 350-plus yards of offense in each of the past two games.
“Running the football opens everything else up,” head coach Jeff Choate said. “Whether that’s (quarterback) runs, whether’s dominating the line of scrimmage and running power, creating opportunities down the field in your play-action game, that’s the whole key. If you can run the ball, you can do anything.”
“I hope both sides of the ball keep it up,” Alleyne said. “You might see us in the playoffs this year.”