After a week of speculation, Montana State decided to stick with Tyler Bruggman as their starting quarterback in Saturday's 20-14 loss to Northern Arizona. However, once again, Bruggman was pulled in favor of true freshman Chris Murray, who led the Cats on their only two scoring drives of the game. Murray ended up finishing the game 7 of 16 for 88 yards, and one pick through the air, 52 rushing yards, and one touchdown on the ground. Montana State Head Coach Jeff Choate reiterated that the Cats will continue to use both Bruggman and Murray for the rest of the season. Choate says the decision to make the switch to Murray in the second half on Saturday was due to the pressure Northern Arizona was able to get on the Bobcat quarterbacks.
"You know, I think it's hard to. Tyler was kind of running for his life, you know? And I think one of the reasons we went with Chris was because we felt that if we were going to have a hard time protecting, he gave us the ability to extend some plays. So that's one of the reasons we went with him," said Coach Choate. "I thought Tyler hung in there, took some shots, and tried to get us some opportunities, but just the nature of the way the game was playing out, it was better to let Chris go."