BOZEMAN – Dakota Prukop threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns to help Montana State win its home opener 57-10 over Black Hills State.
Prukop did all his running in the first half when the Bobcats (1-1) built a 42-10 lead. His touchdown runs were from 60, 57 and 6 yards. He was 14-of-16 passing and connected on touchdown passes of 43 yards to Justin Paige and 33 yards to Tanner Roderick both in the first half as he gave way after one series in the second half.
“I was just trying to catch my breath,” Prukop said when asked to describe the feeling of scoring his first touchdown on the 60-yard run. “I did a lot of zigging and zagging on that one. I was pleased, but we don’t ever fulfill our expectations.”
“He’s a great player and it wasn’t a surprise to see him do that,” Bobcats running back Gunnar Brekke said. “That’s why we call him “Crazy Legs” Prukop.”
The Division II Yellowjackets (0-1) scored their lone touchdown on Phydell Paris’ 49-yard run. Paris finished with 16 carries for 81 yards.
Montana State scored on seven of its eight first-half possessions, amassed 637 total yards and snapped a four-game losing streak dating back to last season. The Bobcats held Black Hills State to 8 yards in the second half.
“We’re used to winning around here,” MSU coach Rob Ash said, whose teams have won three of the last four Big Sky Conference titles. “It felt good and we hope it continues.”
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