(Editor’s note: Montana State University media release)
BOZEMAN — Troy Andersen ran for three touchdowns and threw for a fourth to power Montana State past Northern Colorado Saturday in Bozeman.
UNC (2-9 overall, 2-6 Big Sky Conference) scored on its first possession of the game before Andersen took over, as he finished with 104 yards on the ground and now has 1,092 on the season. His first score came on fourth down following a Jahque Alleyne interception to tie the game at 7-all.
Andersen’s second touchdown pass of the season came on an 18-yarder to Logan Jones, one of 11 seniors honored in pregame ceremonies. Andersen’s 4-yard dash just before half bumped the lead to 21-7.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Bobcats resumed their scoring onslaught in the fourth quarter. Travis Jonsen ran in a 4-yard touchdown and Andersen finished the scoring with a 36-yard sprint. The sophomore quarterback now has a Big Sky high 16 rushing touchdowns.
Including Allen’s interception, the Bobcats also got three other turnovers: an interception by senior Tyrone Fa’anono, and fumble recoveries by senior Tucker Yates and sophomore Jacob Hadley.
Overall, the Bobcats totaled 329 yards of offense, while holding the Bears to just 302. The effort gave MSU back-to-back wins for the second time this season and will go for a third straight victory this week in Missoula to close out the regular season.
A crowd of 14,147 braved the intermittent snow and saw MSU bump its record to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in league play as third-year coach Jeff Choate secured his first winning season.
Milo Hall of UNC led all rushers with 112 yards on the ground.