October 24, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Montana State1322141463
1st Quarter
MSUTD09:03Chad Newell 1 Yd Run (Luke Daly kick)
MSUTD01:57Justin Paige 41 Yd Pass From Dakota Prukop
2nd Quarter
MSUTD11:03Chad Newell 8 Yd Pass From Dakota Prukop (Luke Daly kick)
MSUTD07:56Beau Sandland 12 Yd Pass From Dakota Prukop (Luke Daly kick)
MSUTD04:15Chad Newell 3 Yd Run
3rd Quarter
MSUTD13:12Tavon Dodd 1 Yd Run (Luke Daly kick)
MSUTD07:49Nick LaSane 3 Yd Run (Luke Daly kick)
4th Quarter
MSUTD09:24Noah James 1 Yd Run (Luke Daly kick)
ETSUTD06:32Jajuan Lankford 4 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
MSUTD06:19Jayshawn Gates (Luke Daly kick)
Stats at a GlanceETSUMSU
1st Downs2026
3rd Down Conversions7-167-13
4th Down Conversions1-22-3
Passing (Comp-Att)206 (14-30) 313 (22-33)
Rushing (Att)170 (47) 201 (40)
Total Yards376514
Fumbles Lost30
Friday, October 23, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (Oct. 23, 2015) – The ETSU football team returns to action this weekend as the Buccaneers head west to take on No. 21/19 Montana State on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is slated for 4:35 p.m. EDT at Bobcat Stadium. 

Saturday’s game will be televised on Cowles Media-MT/Altitude, which can be found via the sports package on DirecTV (Channel 681) and DISH Network (Channel 413). Chris Byers, Mike Callaghan and Rob Jesselson will handle the broadcast duties. 


After fumbling on its opening drive, Mercer scored on its last five possessions in the first half en route to cruising to a 52-0 win over ETSU (0-6) last Saturday afternoon at Five Star Stadium in Macon, Ga. … The Bucs – who had a 50-yard field goal blocked and missed on a 30-yard attempt – were shutout for the first time since Sept. 20, 2003 when Elon blanked ETSU, 14-0 … In a game that will be a Southern Conference affair in 2016, Mercer outgained ETSU, 563-228 ... The Bears used two key fourth down conversions to gain momentum early on, while Mercer converted on all seven of its red zone chances (six touchdowns/one field goal) … Red-shirt freshman quarterback Nick Sexton (Seymour, Tenn.) passed for a season-best 110 yards, while wide receiver Demetrius Anthony (Fountain Inn, S.C.) totaled five receptions for 51 yards and also adding 25 yards on four rushes … Red-shirt freshman linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) paced the defense in tackles with 11 (one for loss), while fellow freshman Cole West (Oneida, Tenn.) added 10 tackles … Weigel was also credited the fumble recovery on the opening drive of the game, marking his second of the season … As a team, ETSU was held to season lows in first downs (11), rushing yards (68), and pass completions (13), while committing a season-high eight penalties for 57 yards … On defense, the Bucs allowed a season-high 29 first downs and 302 passing yards … The 302 passing yards were the most given up in a game since allowing 310 against VMI on Nov. 22, 2001. 


Montana State, the preseason favorite in the Big Sky, enters Saturday’s game at 3-3 after falling at No. 13/14 Portland State, 59-42, last Saturday … The Bobcats are ranked 19th in the FCS and have recorded 13 straight winning seasons – including 63 of their 103 wins coming at home during this run … Montana State has also made trips to the FCS Playoffs in four of the last five years … As a team, Montana State is one of the most potent offenses in the FCS as the Bobcats rank 3rd in total offense (544.0), 4th in team passing efficiency (171.2), 5th in yards per completion (16.4), 6th in scoring offense (43.0), 6th in red zone offense (93.1%), 8th in passing offense (316.2), 9th in first down offense (154), 16th in rushing offense (227.8) … Individually, red-shirt junior quarterback Dakota Prukop leads the FCS in total offense (393.7), ranks second in points responsible per game (24.0) and yards per pass attempt (10.3), and fourth in passing efficiency (171.8), while running back Chad Newell ranks 15th in rushing touchdowns (7) and wide receiver Mitchell Herbert is 11th in receiving touchdowns (6) … Prukop has accounted for at least three touchdowns (rushing and passing combined) in each game this season. Defensively, linebacker Mac Bignell ranks fifth in solo tackles per game (6.3) and 18th in forced fumblesl (0.33), while fellow linebacker Zach Hutchins ranks 13th in forced fumbles (0.40) … Head Coach Rob Ash has coached 103 games at Montana State, and his teams have scored at least 30 points in 53 of them. 


This marks the first-ever meeting between the two programs, while it’s just the second time ETSU has played in Montana … The Bucs fell to No. 2 Montana, 44-14, in the second round of the 1996 I-AA playoffs in Missoula.


ETSU freshman linebacker Dylan Weigel was named one of the top five freshmen players in the FCS by Brian McLaughlin of HERO Sports … Weigel, who has started all six games for the Buccaneers, has totaled 66 tackles (seven for loss) and has two fumble recoveries … The Pickerington, Ohio native ranks fifth in FCS in solo tackles per game (6.3) and 13th in total tackles per game (11.0), while his 20-tackle performance against Emory & Henry is tied for the fourth highest total this season 

Drake Powell, Dalton Ponchillia and Hunter Wike have caught at least one pass in each of the first six games, while Demetrius Anthony and Chad Pritchard have recorded a reception in five of the six contests 

Sixteen Buccaneers have registered a reception this season, while 13 different players have recorded a carry … Drake Powell (22), Demetrius Anthony (16), Dalton Ponchillia (15) and Hunter Wike (10) have over 10 receptions, while Jajuan Stinson leads the Blue and Gold in rushes (61) and rushing yards (234). 

ETSU’s first six opponents this season – Kennesaw State (5-1), Maryville (5-1), Charleston Southern (5-1), Emory & Henry (4-2), Saint Francis (4-2) and Mercer (3-3) have a combined winning percentage of .722 (26-10).  


In addition to the game being televised, fans can also listen to the radio call on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster or on 104.9 NASH Icon. “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will handle the play-by-play and former Buccaneer quarterback Matt Wilhjelm will be the color analyst. 

The Buccaneer Sports Network will launch its pregame broadcast one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute long Eastman Credit Union Tailgate Show, followed by the Carl Torbush Pregame Show powered by Ford which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The First Bank and Trust Company Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff. An audio stream will be available via ETSUBucs.com or by clicking here.   

Saturday’s game will also be video streamed (for purchase) via MSUBobcats.com

In addition to following the Bucs on your mobile device and/or tablet with live audio and video, fans can get up to the minute stats by following the action via live stats courtesy of MSUBobcats. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets by clicking here.   


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Following back-to-back road games, ETSU returns home to close out the month when the Bucs host Warner on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., at Kermit Tipton Stadium.

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