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Cats in Postseason, Will Host South Dakota State

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BOZEMAN, Mont. – One more time, and at home.

Montana State learned Sunday morning that its 2014 football season is extended at least one more week, and the Bobcats will host South Dakota State of the Missouri Valley Football Conference in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs. Kickoff is 2 pm MT Saturday.

“We're very excited,” said Bobcat coach Rob Ash. “One of our goals all season was to qualify for the playoffs and play for a national championship. We have an eight-win team, and deservedly we are in the playoffs. I'm very excited for the players.”

Season tickets are available for renewal from 3-7 pm on Sunday on-line at, and between 8:30 am and 6 pm Monday and Tuesday. Season tickets will be released to the general public on Wednesday. Tickets not purchased as part of a season ticket plan are available on-line beginning Monday morning at 10 am. Sideline tickets are $30, end zone are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and student tickets are $7. All prices are before applicable fees. The first 125 MSU students with a Cat Card to pick up tickets at the Bobcat Ticket Office will receive one free ticket courtesy of Pepsi.

The Bobcats finish the regular season at 8-4, 6-2 in the Big Sky, and qualify for the NCAA playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years and the ninth time overall. MSU hosts a Jackrabbits team with an 8-4 mark overall, 5-3 in the Missouri Valley. SDSU dropped its season opener at Missouri, and its three FCS losses all came to Youngstown State and playoff entries North Dakota State and Illinois State.

MSU registered its 13th consecutive winning season this fall, a school record and the longest current streak in the Big Sky, and topped eight wins for the 14th time in school history and the fourth time in the last five years. Rob Ash has led four of his eight Bobcat teams to the playoffs, the only MSU coach with that distinction.

Sophomore running back Chad Newell breathed out when MSU's name popped up in the last game revealed by the FCS Selection Show on ESPNU. “It was a big relief,” he said. “I was sitting here sweating it out and we were the last team listed. It was just a big relief.”

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