Montana State rolls past USD 37-18

Montana State beat the University of South Dakota 37-18 Saturday afternoon in Bozeman, Mont.

Those are the facts.

But in all honesty, the game was never that close.

Early the fourth quarter, Montana State led 35-0. And before it got to that point, I stopped listening to the radio broadcast. I got the gist of it.

The Coyotes (2-3) got three touchdowns in the game’s final six minutes, but in the end, did they matter? No. USD sure had its chances to score early in the game, including two MSU turnovers in Bobcat territory in the first half.

But here was the recap of USD’s first-half drives:

** Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Turnover on Downs, Missed Field Goal

The Coyotes, who came in with the nation’s top offense in total yardage, was out-gained 387-241 in yardage on Saturday. USD ran for just 103 yards and threw for 138 yards — 74 from starting quarterback Noah Shepard.

A concern for USD at this point has to the be running game, which was led by Dion Foster’s 34 yards and one touchdown. Foster had just three carries in the game, while Chris Ganious ran for 18 yards on eight carries. In all, the Coyotes had just a 3.1 yards per rush average.

There really isn’t much else to say. It was an ugly game for the Coyotes, who are now 0-3 against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams — with ninth-ranked Cal Poly looming next week.

For now, you can read the press release here.

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