BOZEMAN – It’s been an incredible weekend for Montana State football.
On Saturday, the Bobcats defeated the University of Montana for the third consecutive time, a feat they hadn’t achieved since 1985. Then on Sunday, the Bobcats were selected to compete in the FCS playoffs, where they will take on Incarnate Word in the opening round.
Before he knew their postseason fate, quarterback Troy Andersen knew this team could make waves in the playoffs.
“I think it would would mean a lot. We have a great group of seniors on our team and I think they deserve a chance to play in the playoffs,” Andersen said after Saturday’s win over Montana. “I think we’ve shown that we are a team to be reckoned with, and I think we’ve made a pretty good case, and I think if we have a shot, we’re going be a tough out.”
Montana State head coach Jeff Choate thinks the Cardinals need to watch out for the Bobcats.
“We have three losses against top-10 teams — one shoulda-coulda-woulda. I’m telling you, I don’t think anybody wants to play this team. I think this team is deserving of the opportunity,” said Choate.
Montana State athletic director Leon Costello said Choate was deserving of the opportunity to lead them there.
“It’s one of the reasons why he received an extension last year,” Costello told MTN Sports after Saturday’s win. “We could just see the things that he was doing, the culture he was building with the players and coaches, and it all came to fruition tonight. It’s the start of many, many great things. This is the expectation now, is getting into the playoffs, competing for conference championships, then ultimately the national championship.”
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Saturday in Bobcat Stadium.