Montana State Rolls Past East Tennessee State

Prukop finished 15 for 21 and had 31 yards rushing on four carries

By Dillon Tabish
In this photo provided by Montana St University, Montana St linebacker Wyatt Christensen (18) sacks E Tennessee St quarterback Nick Sexton (19) during an NCAA football game against Montana St, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Bozeman, Mont. (Kelly Gorham, Montana State University)

BOZEMAN — Dakota Prukop threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns before leaving early in the third quarter in Montana State’s 63-7 win over East Tennessee State on Saturday.

Montana State (4-3) built a 42-0 lead and gave way to backups from there. The Bobcats, who have struggled on defense, held ETSU (0-7) scoreless for first 51 minutes. The Buccaneers, however, gained nearly 400 yards and had 15 plays of 10 yards or more.

“There are two or three concepts that offenses are running against us that are more successful than I’d like to see, but generally I’m happy with how we played,” MSU head coach Rob Ash said.

Prukop finished 15 for 21 and had 31 yards rushing on four carries. Jake Bleskin, who replaced him, led the Bobcats on a pair of scoring drives.

Jajuan Stinson and Tony Drew combined for 126 yards rushing on 17 carries to lead ETSU.

“We moved the ball pretty good at times,” said ETSU coach Carl Torbush. His Bucs threw for 206 yards, rushed for 170 and averaged 4.9 per play. “We still have to get it in the end zone. I don’t care who it is, you have to score more than seven points.”

The Bobcats hit the road next week to play at North Dakota, now 4-4 on the season and 2-3 in the Big Sky, in what amounts to an FCS Playoff elimination game. Kickoff is noon.

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