BOZEMAN — This week marks a new chapter for the Montana State football team as it prepares to enter Big Sky Conference play this week. The Bobcats' first test comes at home Saturday against Northern Arizona.
The Bobcats are coming into league play with a lot of momentum. They've won their past three games and scored 56 points against Norfolk State on Saturday, the most since 2016 when they defeated Western Oregon 55-0.
The offense was clicking as MSU rushed for 449 yards against the Spartans, while having three 100-yard rushers -- Logan Jones, Shane Perry and Lane Sumner -- in a game for the first time in program history.
But Montana State head coach Jeff Choate is focused on none of that. In fact, he's coming into Big Sky play with an entirely new attitude, and it showed in his weekly press conference on Monday.
"(You) get nothing for being 3-1 in non-conference. Our record is 0-0, it's time to go to work. All the chips are on the table now, every week is going to be a war. Every week is going to be a war. There's no weeks off in the Big Sky Conference and that starts this week and we know we've got a hugely talented player in (Northern Arizona quarterback) Case Cookus, but he's not the team," said Choate. "League play, man. Maybe you can tell I'm a little bit more serious right now."
Montana State opens up its Big Sky schedule Saturday at home against Northern Arizona.