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Jeff Choate taking responsibility for Montana State Bobcat loss to North Dakota

Norfolk State at Montana State - Sept. 21, 2019
Posted at 11:08 PM, Oct 28, 2019

BOZEMAN -- The Montana State football team couldn't rebound off its bye week as it hoped, falling to North Dakota 16-12 on Saturday.

It was a rough game offensively for the Bobcats, who didn't score their first touchdown until Troy Andersen punched a score in on the goal line in the middle of the fourth quarter. On third down, Montana State was 8 of 18 against the Fighting Hawks. But at Monday's weekly press conference, there were no excuses for MSU head coach Jeff Choate.

"(The) second half I just think there were so many things that we could have done better, starting with me as the head coach in terms of getting into better play selection, utilizing timeouts to get us out of bad play selection," said Choate. "I'm the head football coach, when things don't go well, that's on me as the head football coach. Everybody is going to share some level of responsibility, but I bare the ultimate responsibility and I accept that responsibility and I'm fine with that. For us to improve, we have to be better in a number of areas."

This is the first time the Cats have lost back-to-back game since dropping two in a row nearly a year to the day in October of 2018 when they fell to Weber State and then Idaho State.

Choate will look to have his team ready as they host Southern Utah University on Saturday in Bozeman.