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Cats' Prukop, Brekke Earn Honors

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BOZEMAN, Mont. – Montana State sophomore Dakota Prukop left the visiting locker room moments after Saturday's 59-56 win over Sacramento State without expression or emotion.

“Yep,” he said when asked if he was exhausted.

The fatigue was well-earned. In a game featuring temperatures spiking well into the 90s, Prukop made MSU history by becoming the program's second quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game twice, and the first to do it in the one season. He scampered for 140 yards on the ground and threw for 348.

Prukop's eight touchdowns combined rushing (three) and passing (five) set a Bobcat record, while the five passing scores tied a school mark. He led Montana State on two touchdown drives in the game's final five minutes, and for his busy night was named The Sports Network National FCS Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

“It's a great honor,” Prukop said of Monday's plaudits, “but it's really a team award. We had five passing touchdowns and three rushing, so obviously the offensive line did a great job, the receivers made great catches, the running backs were good. It's really an honor for the entire offense.”

Prukop also earned ROOT Sports Big Sky Player of the Week honors, and was joined by Gunnar Brekke, who became the third straight Bobcat to win the Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week award. Brekke returned two second-half kickoffs that set up scores, including a 70-yarder to set up the game-winning touchdown. Brekke's 308 all-purpose yards was second-most in school history, behind the 374 yards teammate Shawn Johnson two weeks ago.

Bobcat coach Rob Ash was pleased with the inter-connecting efforts of Prukop and Brekke. “These awards reflect the efforts of everyone on the team,” Ash said, “but Dakota and Gunnar were fabulous on Saturday. We had many guys that made plays all night, but Dakota was consistently excellent, and Gunnar's two big returns really set the stage for what the team was able to get done. Dakota and Gunnar are both very deserving.”

Prukop is MSU's second national offensive player of the week in the last three games, joining Shawn Johnson (Eastern Washington). Prukop's Big Sky award is his second, while Brekke earned his first.

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