LIVE BLOG: #8 Montana State hosts SDSU in FCS Semifinals

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4:05 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 31 – FINAL

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3:59 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 31 – FINAL

Montana State recovers a fumble and they’re headed to the FCS National Championship.

MSU quarterback Tommy Mellot was nearly perfect as he was 10-15 for 233 passing yards. He added 155 yards on the ground, while collecting four total touchdowns.


3:49 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 31 – 3:20 4Q

SDSU has a long drive, but it comes up empty. Jackrabbits down 14 with three minutes to play.


3:38 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 31 – 4:40 4Q

SDSU has a sliver of hope remaining. They’re down 14 with nearly five minutes to play. Can SDSU climb into the game with a score? This is their chance.


3:30 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 31 – 6:21 4Q

Jackrabbits get past midfield, but come up empty after that. SDSU will need a stop and two lighting fast scores with just six minutes to play.


3:21 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 31 – 10:35 4Q

A 17 yard touchdown pass from Mellot to McCutcheon gives Montana State a 14 point lead.

Jackrabbits are in trouble with just 10 minutes to play.


3:17 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 24 – 12:35 4Q

SDSU’s ensuing drive is the exact opposite of what the Jackrabbits could afford. They go away from the run and it leads to a third and 14.

Oladokun tries to make a big play and he’s intercepted. SDSU defense will need a huge stop


3:09 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 24 – End of 3

A long drive by Montana State ends up in the endzone. Bobcats back in front, it’s 24-17. Jackrabbits need a big answer here.


2:57 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 17 – 6:29 3Q

The defenses have taken over with three straight stops to start the second half.

SDSU sophomore punter, Hunter Dustman, just had an amazing punt. 58 brilliant yards to help keep the field position game even.


2:51 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 17 – 8:13 3Q

SDSU’s defense comes up with the stop, but Montana State pins the Jackrabbits deep. Whichever teams scores next will certainly have the upper hand as the middle of the third quarter nears.

2:45 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 17 – 11:18 3Q

SDSU is unable to score, but they drive to midfield and punt. A great punt is fair caught at the four yard line. Now it’s up to the SDSU defense to make a big stop.


2:40 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 17 – 15:00 3Q

The third quarter has begun and SDSU will get the ball. This is a huge possession for the Jackrabbits. Six points here would put them in the drivers seat going forward.


2:17 p.m. – SDSU 17 MONTANA STATE 17 – HALFTIME

Cole Frahm with a very clutch field goal to even the contest at 17.

Jackrabbits get the ball to start the second half.


2:06 p.m. – SDSU 14 MONTANA STATE 17 – 4:22 2Q

A lighting fast answer for the Bobcats and they lead 17-14.


1:59 p.m. – SDSU 14 MONTANA STATE 10 – 6:55 2Q

A big drive for SDSU, led by their passing attack that saw big gains to Canyon Bauer, Tucker Kraft and Jadon Janke.

Oladokun has been money so far today. Jacks up 14-10.


1:49 p.m. – SDSU 7 MONTANA STATE 10 – 9:59 2Q

Montana State has a long drive, that was aided by a SDSU roughing the passer call.

Bobcats add three points and take the lead at 10-7.

1:40 p.m. – SDSU 7 MONTANA STATE 7 – End of 1

One quarter down and it’s a tie game.

Montana State is on a drive right now as they’re looking for the lead. SDSU is slowing down the pace of the contest, while MSU is trying to play fast.


1:35 p.m. – SDSU 7 MONTANA STATE 7 – 1:21 1Q

SDSU answers with seven of their own as Pierre Strong Jr. runs right, makes a sweet juke and then takes it to the house!

Jackrabbits and Bobcats tied at 7.


1:28 p.m. – SDSU 0 MONTANA STATE 7 – 3:28 1Q

Montana State strikes first. It appeared the Jackrabbit defense was going to get a stop, but Mellot’s deep pass for Nate Stewart goes the distance.

Bobcats lead 7-0.


1:21 p.m. – SDSU 0 MONTANA STATE 0 – 5:41 1Q

SDSU’s long drive stalls with a fourth down stop by Troy Andersen and Montana State.

Isaiah Davis tried bouncing it out and he got the one on one matchup he wanted, just a great tackle by Andersen.


1:11 p.m. – SDSU 0 MONTANA STATE 0 – 13:00 1Q

SDSU allows two first downs, but the Jackrabbits make the stop from there. They’ll start inside their own 20.


1:05 p.m. – SDSU 0 MONTANA STATE 0 – 15:00 1Q

SDSU wins the coin toss and they’ll defer their option to the second half. Montana State takes the ball to start the game.


1:02 p.m. – SDSU 0 MONTANA STATE 0 – PREGAME

Some big news from Bozeman before kick-off even happened. It appears SDSU will get Pierre Strong Jr. back and their counter part, Montana State is without the nation’s third leading rusher in Isaiah Ifanse.


BOZEMAN, MT (KELO) — It’s a battle in cold Montana for a spot in the FCS National Championship. #8 Montana State hosts SDSU in the FCS Semifinals.

SDSU is hoping to reach their second consecutive FCS National Championship with a win. You can preview today’s semifinal matchup here:

North Dakota State advanced to the FCS Championship with a 20-14 win over James Madison on Friday, December 17.

The winner of Saturday’s semifinals will meet NDSU in the championship on Saturday, January 8.

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