The MSU Bobcats traveled to Brookings, South Dakota on Saturday Sept. 8 to face off against the number-three ranked South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. With starting quarterback, sophomore Troy Anderson, relegated to linebacker and running back roles due to a hand injury, the Jackrabbits proved to be too much for the Cats to handle as they went on to win 45-14.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tucker Rovig earned the start for the Cats who struggled to get the ball moving the first two quarters. At the conclusion of the half the Cats headed to the locker room down 24-0. Senior quarterback Taryn Christion led the Jackrabbits to the halftime lead, throwing three first-half touchdowns all to sophomore wide receiver Cade Johnson. Junior kicker Chase Vinatieri added a field goal, making the total 24 points.
The second half saw the Cats move the ball much better leading to two touchdowns — Rovig’s first collegiate touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Lance McCutcheon and freshman wide receiver Maleek Barkley’s two-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately, the pressure by the Jackrabbits proved too much for the Bobcats, as South Dakota State continued to outpace them in the second half leading to a 45-14 loss.
Rovig finished with 164 yards on 25 attempts and one touchdown. He also threw two interceptions. Anderson out of his running back/linebacker positions for the game added three yards on the ground and a sack to complete his stat line. Junior linebacker Brayden Konkol and senior defensive tackle Tucker Yates led the way on defense with seven tackles apiece with Yates accounting for 2.5 tackles for loss.
The Cats return home on Sept. 15 for the military appreciation game against Wagner College, where the Cats will look to get back into the win column in front of a blue and gold crowd. The game is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff.