DILLON -- No. 24 Montana Western built a 35-7 lead over MSU-Northern by halftime on its way to a 59-13 Frontier Conference win on Saturday afternoon in Dillon.
Western scored on the game's opening possession, as Jon Jund led the Bulldogs on a seven play, 52-yard drive in less than two minutes that was capped by a 23-yard scoring toss from Jund to Nate Simkins. Western's lead grew to 15-0 midway through the first quarter when Jund hit Walker McKitrick for a 6-yard score.
Northern put together a 12-play, 69-yard drive that was punctuated by a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tre' Long to Bryce Bumgardner. Western, though, answered less than three minutes later with Jund's third scoring toss of the half -- an 11-yard strike to McKitrick. Jund added scoring tosses of 22 and 5 yards, both to Simkins, to close the first half with five touchdown passes.
Northern took possession first in the second half with an opportunity to cut into the deficit, but Long was intercepted by Jake Horner, who took it back 45 yards for a pick-six. Jund added a 2-yard touchdown run and a 70-yard touchdown pass to McKitrick to total seven touchdowns in just three quarters of play.
Jund finished 21-of-35 passing for 330 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran 10 times for 88 yards and a score. McKitrick and Simkins had nearly identical receiving lines for the Bulldogs. McKitrick caught seven passes for 133 yards and three scores, and Simkins caught seven balls for 131 yards and three scores.
Montana Western improves to 5-2 (5-2 Frontier Conference), while MSU-Northern falls to 1-7 (0-7). Montana western will host Rocky Mountain College on Nov. 2. MSU-Northern will host Carroll College on Nov. 2.