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SUU Football Visits No. 14/15 Montana State Saturday

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBOZEMAN, Mont.-Saturday, Southern Utah (2-7, 1-4 in Big Sky Conference play) heads northward in hopes of upsetting the No. 14 (The Associated Press poll)/No. 15 (AFCA Coaches poll) Montana State Bobcats (5-2, 2-2 in Big Sky play) at Bobcat Stadium.The Thunderbirds have had a rough season, but achieved highly last Saturday in downing the Idaho State Bengals 59-34 at Eccles Coliseum, earning their first Big Sky win of the season.SUU ranks 63rd nationally in scoring offense (26.6 points per game).Redshirt sophomore signal-caller Chris Helbig completes 64.7 percent of his passes on the season (17th nationally) for 2,284 yards (12th nationally), 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions to pace the Thunderbirds. Helbig has also run for six scores on the season.Redshirt junior tailback James Felila (89 car, 337 yards, 2 TD’s) and sophomore running mate Thomas Duckett (51 car, 231 yards, 2 TD’s) are the Thunderbirds’ rushing leaders.Sophomore tailback Lance Lawson (67 rec, 634 yards, 3 TD’s) and freshman receiver Zach Nelson (13 rec, 200 yards, 3 TD’s) lead the Thunderbirds in scoring receptions. Senior receiver Carlos Baker (10 rec, 242 yards, TD) leads SUU in yards per reception (24.2 yards).Junior kicker Manny Berz has made 3 of his 5 field goals on the season with redshirt junior kicker/punter Kekoa Sasaoka having made 29 of his 30 PAT’s on the season.The Thunderbirds’ scoring defense continues to rank among the worst in the nation and is currently in 116th place (38.1 points per game).Sophomore defensive lineman Aaron Romero (4.5 sacks, forced fumble) remains SUU’s overall defensive leader.Redshirt freshman Carlton Johnson (3 interceptions) is the reigning Big Sky/ROOT Sports defensive player of the week after his pick-six in the aforementioned win against Idaho State last Saturday.Redshirt sophomore safety AJ Stanley, redshirt sophomore linebacker Quaid Murray, sophomore defensive end Francis Bemiy, redshirt senior safety Kyle Hannemann, in addition to Romero, each have a forced fumble on the season.The Bobcats come into Saturday’s game, the losers of two straight. Montana State has fallen to Sacramento State (21-34) and at North Dakota (12-16).Montana State ranks 42nd nationally (30.3 points per game) in scoring offense.Sophomore quarterback Tucker Rovig completes 57.3 percent of his passes on the season (75-131) for 833 yards,  7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on the season for the Bobcats.The Bobcats rank 10th nationally in rushing offense (243.5 yards per game on the ground).Senior tailback Logan Jones (70 car, 483  yards, 5 TD’s) ranks 10th nationally with 6.8 yards per carry for Montana State. Other Bobcats to impress on the ground include senior receiver Travis Jonsen (34 rec, 384 yards, TD; 58 car, 339 yards, 5 TD’s, 5.8 yards per carry) and sophomore tailback Isaiah Ifanse (42 car, 270 yards, 6.4 yards per carry).Senior receiver Kevin Kassis leads the Bobcats in catches (36), yards (433) and scoring receptions (3).Senior kicker Tristan Bailey has made 7 of his 12 field goals on the season for the Bobcats and has made all 30 of his PAT’s.Montana State ranks 45th nationally in scoring defense (25.8 points per game), tied with Monmouth, North Carolina Central and Southern Illinois.Senior defensive end Bryce Sterk (9.5 sacks) is tied for fifth nationally in sacks with Sacramento State’s George Obinna.Junior defensive lineman Amandre Williams, senior cornerback JoJo Henderson (a Snow College product out of Salt Lake City), junior cornerback Tyrel Thomas, senior safety Jahque Alleyne and senior cornerback Damien Washington each have an interception apiece for the Bobcats.Junior linebacker Michael Jobman, junior defensive end Chase Benson, Henderson and Alleyne each have a forced fumble on the season for the Bobcats.The series is tied 3-3 all-time and 2-2 at Bozeman, Mont. Written by October 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Visits No. 14/15 Montana State Saturday Tags: Montana State Football/SUU Footballlast_img read more