BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Montana State football coach Mike Kramer
can throw away the aspirin bottle.
"We've had a headache since last year at Eastern Washington,"
said Kramer about the first of four straight losses until
Saturday's 42-6 victory over Stephen F. Austin. "The headache's
Travis Lulay passed for 202 yards and four touchdowns and ran
for another 106 yards to lead the Bobcats to their first win since
Lulay hit Chaz Guinn and Tramaine Murray with two TD passes each
and kicker Jeff Hastings added three fourth-quarter field goals.
The Bobcats (1-1), ranked 16th in NCAA Division I-AA, held the
Lumberjacks (1-1) to a pair of field goals by Cory Long.
"That's the most rock-solid effort against a quality opponent
since I've been here," said Kramer, in his sixth season with the
First-year SFA coach Robert McFarland said he told Kramer before
the game, "Man, six years from now, I hope I've got a thing
rolling like this with a quarterback like you've got."
Murray, who caught seven passes for 141 yards, scored on a
54-yard pass play from Lulay to give the Bobcats a 26-3 lead with
9:52 left in the third quarter. Long kicked a 41-yard field goal to
make it 26-6 with 5:03 left in the third.
Toph Grenfell intercepted SFA quarterback Zeke Dixon on the
Lumberjacks' 41-yard line and returned the ball to the 10. Lulay
hit Guinn on the goal line with 1:59 left in the third quarter to
put MSU up 33-6.
"The defense made some great plays," said Lulay, who played
only one series in the fourth quarter. "That gave us a lot of
Hastings, who missed two extra-point attempts, connected on
field goals of 25, 37 and 42 yards.
SFA scored first on a 23-yard field goal by Long midway through
the first quarter, but the Bobcats answered with a 6-yard TD pass
from Lulay to Guinn with 5:07 remaining.
Hawaii transfer Michael Bass, who rushed 21 times for 81 yards,
put the Bobcats up 14-3 on a 2-yard run early in the second
The Bobcats took advantage of a Lumberjack miscue later in the
period to go up 20-3. After the snap sailed over the head of punter
Ryan Gooch, he chased down the ball and kicked it off the ground
into the end zone. The Lumberjacks were assessed a 41-yard penalty
and MSU took possession on SFA's 3-yard line.
Three plays and a 15-yard penalty later, Lulay found Murray in
the end zone from 18 yards out with 4:28 remaining in the half.
"We've got a lot of things to improve on," said Lulay, who was
intercepted twice. "We had three turnovers in the first half."
Dixon completed 11-of-37 passes for 73 yards and was intercepted
three times. Damian Perkins led the 'Jacks with 98 yards on 16
carries. Dixon passed for 338 yards in last week's 49-38 win over
Montana State had 433 yards in total offense compared to 185 for
Stephen F. Austin.
"We felt what showed last week (in a 15-10 loss to I-A Oklahoma
State) was what this team is capable of," said MSU safety Ryan
Force. "When you stop an opponent, that gives the offense a lot of
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