Live Coverage: The #3 Montana State Bobcats host the #13 Montana Grizzlies in the 121st Brawl of the Wild | MSU Bobcats

BOZEMAN — The No. 3 Montana State Bobcats (9-1, 7-0) takes on the No. 13 Montana Grizzlies (7-3, 4-3) in the 121st Brawl of the Wild beginning Saturday noon at Bobcat Stadium .


Montana quarterback Lucas Johnson, who was knocked out with a leg injury in last week’s 63-7 home win over Eastern Washington, wore full pads during the pregame warm-up on Saturday. As did MSU All-American running back Isaiah Ifanse, who has not played all season. Starting Mike linebacker Danny Uluilakepa missed the last two games and starting defense end Brody Grebe missed the 72-28 win at Cal Poly last week, but both are dressed for Cat-Griz.

Cats Running Back Lane Sumner is not active.

The Griz won last year’s meeting in Missoula 29-10 to improve their overall series record to 73-41-5.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” made its first trip to Bozeman and a Big Sky Conference school before the matchup. It aired Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Dyche Field across the street from Bobcat Stadium.

first quarter

MSU opened the scoring with a 1-yard QB sneak by Tommy Mellott at the 12:21 mark. That completed a six-play, 75-yard drive that was completely grounded.

The Griz came on the board four minutes later on a 30-yard TD pass from Johnson to Malik Flowers.

Mellott hit a 12-yard rush at the 4:21 mark. It was the Cats’ 13th straight rush to start the game and put them through two drives for 155 rushing yards.

A little over a minute later, UM long snapper Grayson Pibal airmailed his punt snap into the end zone. Jory Choate, son of former MSU head coach Jeff “Griz Slayer” Choate, recaptured loose ball for a TD to put MSU 21-7 ahead.

RESULT: State Montana 21, Montana 7

second quarter

Sean Chambers hit his 17th rushing TD of the season and his first in more than a month on a 1-yard run in 4th place with 7:52 in the first half. The score was established by an unsportsmanlike penalty kick taken against Griz safety Robby Hauck, son of UM head coach Bobby Hauck.

Chambers, a Wyoming transfer, is playing in northern Colorado in his first game since October 15.

UM reached the MSU 1-yard line about four minutes into the half. After an incomplete fade pass, Johnson fumbled an options play, and Callahan O’Reilly — who, like Jory Choate, graduated from Bozeman High — recovered it at the MSU 3-yard line with 2:55 on the clock.

Blake Glessner hit a 35-yard field goal after time was up to give MSU a 24-point lead at halftime.

The Cats passed the Griz 306-102 in total yards in the half, including 267-18 on the floor. Mellott rushed for 119 yards and two TDs on 12 carries.

RESULT: State Montana 31, Montana 7

Third quarter

Marqui Johnson, reigning Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week, breaks up a 27-yard touchdown run. He is the third other runner to reach the end zone for the Bobcats today.

Montana State ran eight plays for 46 yards and capped it off with another field goal from Blake Glessner. This time it comes from 28 meters away.

RESULT: State Montana 41, Montana 7

fourth quarter

Down to 41-7 in the final frame, MSU keeps pouring it. They attempt the fourth down and it results in a touchdown.

It’s a trick with a tight end to tight end pass. Mellott passes to Derryk Snell, who runs to the line and throws it wide open to Treyton Pickering in midfield.

Ray of hope for the Grizzlies. Running back Isiah Childs scores on a short touchdown run for the third straight game.

Backup QB Daniel Britt, who replaced injured starter Lucas Johnson, has 46 rushing yards and some impressive sack Evas.

Montana State responds with a nine-play 60-yard drive and gets the senior fullback and Helena native RJ Fitzgerald in the end zone. He was darned once, but they went back to the well and he hit from ten feet away.

A little back and forth now, but it’s too late for the Grizzlies.

Daniel Britt finds tight end Cole Grossman over center and he wins a race against the boys in front of him to the corner mast. It’s a 38-yard total and his second in as many games.

Final score: Montana State 55, Montana 21