OGDEN, Utah – The Montana State Bobcats left Ogden Saturday wondering what could have been against No. 7 Weber State.
The Cats won the turnover battle early and led first quarter through the third. It was tied into the fourth, but then they gave it back with turnovers, ultimately dropping a 34-24 decision to the Wildcats. Ask players and coaches, and they’ll tell you they feel like they were good enough to win the game.
“It’s definitely tough in the locker room,” said quarterback Troy Andersen. “Everybody put so much into this game. We knew it was going to be a war. Everybody gave it their all. To come up short, it really hurts but I think we can use it as motivation going forward.”
“They’re disappointed. They put a lot into this, and I think from an emotional standpoint this can be a tough deal,” said head coach Jeff Choate. “But our job is to love these kids up. What I told them was, ‘I’m disappointed in the outcome, but I’m not disappointed in anybody in this room.’ I felt like those guys fought hard and there’s a lot of guys in that room that are finishers and competitors and they want to win. We’ll find a way to do that.”
The loss sets up a must-win game next Saturday at Idaho State. Both teams enter at 4-3, 2-2 in the Big Sky Conference. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.