BOZEMAN - It was an all-around dominant effort by Montana State Saturday, as they handled San Diego 52-10.
"Team offense, team defense, count on each other, trust each other has been our mindset and I feel really good about where we're at," first-year Head Coach, Brent Vigen said.
"Three games in, far from perfect, but that's why you go out there and practice and play the games, but I'm really pleased with our effort. We're playing really hard right now and that's the number one thing we have to do."
Matt McKay's 7-yard touchdown pass to Derryk Snell started the scoring for the Cats. McKay would hook up with Elijah Elliot later in the quarter on a 65-yard touchdown pass.
"It was pretty wide open, Matt threw a good ball, I caught it and I kept thinking just don't get caught - keep running," Elliot said.
The freshman saw himself on the jumbotron scoring his first-ever touchdown in his collegiate career for the Bobcats. "I was looking the whole time," Elliot smiled and said.
An Isaiah Ifanse's 9-yard touchdown run would cap off a 21-point first quarter for the Cats.
A 72-yard pick six by Ty Okada would make it 28-0 and linebacker Troy Andersen would add a 40-yard pick six on the next San Diego possession. Montana State led 35-0 at half. The last time Montana State had a pick-6 was Mac Bignell's at Idaho State in 2017.
"I was thinking I wanted to Lambeau Leep, but I knew that wouldn't have gone over too well," Okada laughed and said. "I was really excited to celebrate with my teammates...appreciate the d-line getting after the quarterback. It takes a whole defense to make that stuff happen, everyone doing their job, so shoutout to them I really appreciate that."
"Ty had one last week that we thought he caught too so we kind of both made up for it [almost both having pick-6's against Drake]" Andersen said. "We have a lot to improve on, a lot to get better at, but I think it's a good start."
Matt McKay finished the day 12-22, with 224 yards passing and 2 touchdowns while also rushing for 61 yards. Ifanse rushed 10 times for 109 yards and 1 touchdown.
Montana State opens Big Sky play next week on the road against Portland State.
9/25 @ Portland State 3:05 (MT)