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Dakota Prukop Leads Bobcats Past UC Davis

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It takes a while to digest the numbers.

Montana State sophomore Dakota Prukop threw for 361 yards against UC Davis on Saturday, with four touchdown passes. He rushed for 148 yards, and scored twice on the ground.

The end result of Prukop's pyrotechnics was a 77-37 win, startling both for pace and production. The 114 combined points was second-most ever in a Bobcat game, and the 77 points was the most ever scored by MSU in a conference game. The Bobcats also passed the 700-yard mark in total offense for the first time in school history, scoring touchdowns on 11 of their 12 drives.

“I don't know how Coach (Tim) Cramsey (MSU offensive coordinator) and Coach Mac (Jason McEndoo, MSU run game coordinator) design this offense, but whatever they're doing it works.”

While the UC Davis offense “heated up in the second half,” according to Bobcat coach Rob Ash, Montana State's stayed a step ahead. After an Aggies stop coming out of the halftime locker room, MSU scored on its next four possessions to salt the game away. Prukop threw 65- and 39-yard scoring strikes on two of them.

“We really don't care about yards or records,” Ash said. “All we want to do is score enough points to win the game. That's our offense is after.”

The Bobcat offense got geared up early. After a UC Davis three-and-out, the Cats marched 78 yards in five-and-a-half minutes and capped it with a nine-yard touchdown run by Anthony Knight. MSU converted a pair of third downs on the drive, and Prukop completed all five of his passes.

UC Davis answered swiftly. The Aggies moved the ball 75 yards, with Ben Scott finding Corey Galindo on a 12-yard touchdown pass to tie the score. The drive covered just over five minutes.

And then lightning struck. Prukop found Justin Paige on a 75-yard touchdown pass to put MSU up 14-7, and after a UC Davis field goal MSU's sensational sophomore signal caller threw a 56-yard scoring strike to Jayshawn Gates. Prukop closed the half by marching the Cats 90 yards, with Shawn Johnson scoring on an 11-yard run.

Prukop finished the first half with 116 rushing yards after a scoring change that credited him with a rush on a play originally ruled a reception. He laso threw for 227 yards in the first half. MSU accrued 19 firsth-half first downs.

Montana State raised its record to 5-2 with the win, 3-0 in league play. The Cats host Weber State next week.

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