BOZEMAN -- Montana State wide receiver Kevin Kassis was all over the field on Saturday against Albany in the second round of the FCS playoffs. He had 11 receptions for 131 and a touchdown. His 11 catches are the most in a playoff game in Bobcat history, and the senior knew he had to step up.
"That's how you get recruited to play. They want you to bring in a guy that can make plays when it matters and I just want to do that for my teammates, and kudos to the (offensive) line, how good they are and how consistent they are playing. Tucker (Rovig) giving us chances and doing a great job," said Kassis. "You want to perform when it counts the most."
Kassis has become the most reliable target on the Bobcat offense, especially on the deep ball. But he says sometimes his success comes down to luck.
“(The deep play) goes so quick. You put your head down, the ball is in the air and you just close your eyes and hopefully it lands in the bread basket," he laughed. "We’re a vertical shot team, we want to run the ball and then take those shots over the top.”
As it stands, Kassis is one of the most prolific receivers in Bobcat history. His 146 career receptions rank fourth in program history and his 1,897 total receiving yards rank fifth. But for him, it’s not the records, it’s the legacy the team is building for the future.
“As a senior you want to leave this place better than you found it," said Kassis. "Hopefully this (playoff) trend continues. All these seniors, I know that’s all that we hope we can leave is hopefully build something special in Bozeman.”
Kassis and the Bobcats continue their 2019 playoff push at 6 p.m. Friday against Austin Peay at Bobcat Stadium.