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With the regular season behind him, Montana State’s Jeff Choate reflects on its chaos

Posted at 9:19 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 13:19:55-05

BOZEMAN — The regular season is officially over for the Montana State Bobcats, and they capped a winning season at 7-4 with a win over the Montana Grizzlies last Saturday.

Now, with playoffs looming before his team, head coach Jeff Choate took a moment to describe the season he’s had in one word.

“Chaotic,” Choate said in a press conference on Monday.

“In Week 2, I’m in the hospital coming home from South Dakota State, by Week 6 we made a coaching change.  It’s been an interesting year,” he added.

But with chaos comes opportunity, specifically for his players to step up in big moments.

“I’ll tell you one thing I’ve been really impressed with over this last month and season, is the leadership on our sideline and in our locker room. You know, I’m busy during the (Griz) game but our guys weren’t pointing fingers, we’re down 22-0, they said, ‘You go make a play, we go make a play.’ They had each others back for four quarters in that game and, you know, culture wins.”

With the win over the Griz, the Bobcats earned a spot in the 2018 FCS playoffs. They will host Incarnate Word on Saturday at 1 p.m.