September 26, 2009

Football Falls To Bobcats


GREELEY, Colo. - For the third time in four games this season, junior cornerback Korey Askew notched a career-high in tackles but it was not enough as the Northern Colorado football team dropped a 25-7 decision to Montana State at Nottingham Field on Saturday afternoon.

Askew led the Bears with 11 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, while seniors Matt King and Stephen Michon each had season-high totals with 10 each as the Bears notched 85 tackles in the game. Montana State, led by Jeff Price with 12 tackles, tallied 63 stops in the game.

Senior quarterback Bryan Waggener completed 12-of-24 passes for 68 yards. He also threw one interception and was sacked four times. Junior running back Andre Harris led the team with 52 rushing yards, while freshman Chris Morris had 20 receiving yards.

"We played a really good football team today," said Head Coach Scott Downing. "We obviously have some things we have to correct on offense. We're a little bit beat up on offense, but when we put a guy in the game he's got to produce in there, particularly at this level. Our hats' are off to Montana State. I thought they played very, very well. I was proud of the way our guys came out after halftime. We talked to them about ‘Don't let anybody say you didn't finish the game playing hard.' I thought we played hard the second half, but we do have some things we need to clean up and take care of."

The Bears lone touchdown came with 1:54 in the fourth quarter, a two-yard pass from sophomore Dylan Orms to junior receiver Denzel Hutchings. Senior Michael York made the point-after attempt for the 25-7 score.

Montana State scored on three field goals, one in the first quarter and two in the fourth quarter, while they scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and had a safety in the third quarter to account for its 25 points.

The Bobcats were led offensively by Aaron Mason who had 80 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving on four catches. Quarterback Mark Iddins completed 18-of-28 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He was also sacked three times by the Bears.

Northern Colorado had just 105 total offensive yards in the game, compared to 360 for Montana State. The Bears also had nine first downs, compared to 20 for the Bobcats.

The Bears take the field again next Saturday at Northern Arizona. Game time is set for 3:05 p.m. in Flagstaff.