BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Along with pulling off one of the biggest
upsets in program history, the Montana State Bobcats earned
$275,000 with their 19-10 road win Saturday over Colorado.
The win also put MSU in position for its first 2-0 start since
1999, the last of head coach Cliff Hysell's eight seasons.
That season began with a win over Chadron (Neb.) State, which
visits Bozeman this coming Saturday for the first time since
falling to MSU 20-10 that year.
After the Colorado victory, Montana State head coach Mike
Kramer, while pleased, remembered to keep his feet on the ground.
"We have a strong sense of how good we can be," he said, "but
we better be humble about it because we play a team that, seven
years ago, almost tipped over the entire state. We have to play
great next week against a team that knows mental toughness."
The Chadron State Eagles are also 1-0 after defeating the
University of Mary 21-3 on Saturday, despite losing four fumbles.
Chadron held Mary to 161 total yards as tailback Danny Woodhead
(150 yards, 2 TDs) nearly outgained the Marauders by himself.
MSU's win over Colorado gave the Big Sky Conference its first
win over a Division I-A school since 2003 when Montana defeated
Portland State later made it two I-A wins for the Big Sky when
the Vikings bested New Mexico 17-6 Saturday. It was the first time
the conference turned that trick since 2000 when Montana beat Idaho
and PSU did the same to Hawaii.
Saturday's game was Colorado's first against a I-AA school. The
Buffaloes, who were once in the same conference as MSU in the
1920s, are now 1-3 against the Bobcats.