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Wayne Nelson / Forum Communications Co., Published October 27 2012

Montana State dismantles North Dakota

BOZEMAN, Mont. – A week ago, UND was on a Rocky Mountain high after beating Montana in a record-setting fashion.

What a difference a week makes in the Big Sky Conference.

It was nothing more than a Rocky Mountain sigh for UND on Saturday after

No. 4 Montana State turned in a record-setting performance of its own in a 55-10 demolishing of North Dakota.

“We got our rear ends kicked today,” UND coach Chris Mussman said. “I think they’re the best team we’ve played this year. We knew we had to play a perfect game. We needed to get breaks from them and we didn’t get any. They didn’t make mistakes.”

And UND made plenty – on both sides of the ball.

Montana State rolled up a single-game school record 695 yards of offense. The Bobcats, led by junior quarterback Darius McGhee, rushed for 436 yards and passed for 259.

UND’s lone bright spot came on a 17-yard touchdown from Braden Hanson to Greg Hardin, which tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter.

Cody Kirk, who rushed for 160 yards, scored on Montana State’s next possession. The rout was on.

Montana State led 28-7 at halftime as the Bobcats had 357 of their yards at halftime. The Bobcats simply kept rolling in the final two quarters.

How bad was it for UND?

On offense, UND gave up nearly as many quarterback sacks (eight) as it had first downs (nine). On defense, UND gave up 40 first downs – 24 on the ground.

“It didn’t feel too good,” said UND senior running back Mitch Sutton.

After gaining a school-record 702 yards against Montana last week at the Alerus Center, UND managed a meager 180 against the Bobcats.

North Dakota 7 0 3 0 – 10

Montana St. 14 14 7 20 – 55

First Quarter

MtSt – S.Johnson 41 pass from McGhee (Perez kick), 7:54.

NDAK – Hardin 17 pass from B.Hanson (Z.Miller kick), 6:35.

MtSt – Kirk 3 run (Perez kick), 2:30.

Second Quarter

MtSt – Kirk 1 run (Perez kick), 13:32.

MtSt – O.Davis 19 run (Perez kick), 3:04.

Third Quarter

MtSt – Perkins 9 pass from McGhee (Perez kick), 10:48.

NDAK – FG Z.Miller 40, 4:32.

Fourth Quarter

MtSt – Kirk 10 run (Perez kick), 14:23.

MtSt – Ellis 1 pass from McGhee (Perez kick), 9:45.

MtSt – O.Davis 17 run (kick failed), 1:46.

A – 17,137.

NDAK MtSt

First downs 9 40

Rushes-yards 25-15 62-436

Passing 165 259

Comp-Att-Int 15-28-0 24-32-0

Return Yards 0 43

Punts-Avg. 10-43.9 2-36.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 3-57 4-25

Time of Possession 24:56 35:04

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: North Dakota, J.Miller 5-14, Sutton 4-13, Hendrickson 3-10,

Garman 3-0, B.Hanson 10-(minus 22). Montana St., Kirk 25-160,

O.Davis 19-145, S.Johnson 6-68, McGhee 7-27, Bolton 1-23, Robinson 3-13,

Team 1-0.

PASSING: North Dakota, B.Hanson 15-26-0-165, Hendrickson 0-2-0-0.

Montana St., McGhee 24-32-0-259.

RECEIVING: North Dakota, Golladay 4-83, Hardin 3-45, Sutton 3-16,

Townsend 2-11, Jackson 2-10, J.Miller 1-0. Montana St., Ellis 7-49,

T.Bleskin 4-60, Flotkoetter 4-47, Kr.Siewing 3-37, S.Johnson 2-40,

Perkins 2-16, C.Young 1-9, Robinson 1-1.

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Nelson is the Sports Editor for the Grand Forks Herald