Scores

Final

Portland State 0

(3-3, 2-2 Big Sky)

Montana State 14

(3-3, 2-1 Big Sky)

3:35 PM ET, October 7, 2006

Bobcat Stadium (MT), Bozeman, MT

1 2 3 4 T
PRST 0 0 0 00
MTST 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: J. Rolovich (MTST) - 55 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Mason (MTST) - 34 CAR, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Wheaton (MTST) - 9 REC, 80 YDS

Montana State 14, Portland State 0

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Montana State coach Mike Kramer would like to introduce fans to the 2006 Bobcat football team.

"THIS is the team we are," Kramer said Saturday after his team upset Portland State 14-0 -- its second straight Big Sky Conference win after three consecutive home losses.

"Those three consecutive home games -- the way we played -- that was embarrassing. That was not us," he said.

One of those losses was a 45-0 pasting by UC Davis.

"We shut out a Big Sky team," Kramer said. "That means we've come a long way back."

Freshman Aaron Mason rushed 34 times for 128 yards and a first quarter touchdown and caught a 3-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to spark the Bobcats (3-3, 2-1 Big Sky).

But Mason may not start next weekend, with the expected return of Evin Groves, who has missed five games with a knee injury.

"Evin Groves is a warrior and Aaron Mason understands that Evin's a little bit better than he is," Kramer said.

Portland State (3-3, 2-2), ranked 15th in NCAA Division I-AA, lost for the second week in a row. The Vikings fell 26-20 to Montana last weekend, ending a nine-game home winning streak.

Montana State had several injured players return to the lineup, including strong safety Ryan Force (shoulder), defensive tackle Aaron Papich (knee) and wide receiver Josh Lewis (knee).

"Fourteen to nothing is not your typical Big Sky game," Kramer said. "The return of Aaron Papich and Ryan Force is certainly key there."

However, the Bobcats lost quarterback Cory Carpenter for two to three weeks with an ankle sprain, Kramer said.

"Losing Cory is a big deal and will take tremendous adjustment," he said.

Mason, who rushed for 192 yards last weekend in a 39-32 win over Northern Arizona, scored on a 1-yard run with 2:58 left in the first quarter.

Portland State's previous drive ended with them giving the ball over to MSU on downs. The Vikings tried to convert on fourth down rather than attempt a 40-plus yard field goal into the wind in the rain.

Both offenses struggled unsuccessfully to convert on third down on the slick, muddy field through the second and third quarters. Portland State missed a 49-yard field goal attempt in the third.

Montana State held PSU to 132 yards in total offense, less than half its season average.

"We're a salty, swaggering, very aggressive defense now," Kramer said.

Michael Beach and Bobby Daly intercepted Vikings quarterback Sawyer Smith, who had missed the previous two games with an injury.

"It's nice to have a lot of people back," said Daly. "I knew once we got all our pieces back we'd be playing like everyone thought the defense would."

Carpenter completed 10-of-16 passes for 68 yards and was intercepted by D.J. Robinson in the third quarter. Backup Jack Rolovich played in the fourth quarter, completing 5-of-8 passes for 55 yards, including the 3-yard TD to Mason with 12:56 remaining.

"We thought they would try to throw the ball more against us," said Portland State coach Tim Walsh.

Donell Wheaton caught nine passes for 80 yards for the Bobcats.

"It was really hard with the weather, wet and rainy and our hands being slippery and the ball being slippery," Wheaton said.

Smith completed 8-of-18 passes for 39 yards, while backup Brian White, a Colorado transfer who has been with the Vikings team for two weeks, was 2-of-7 for 34 yards.

Mu'Ammar Ali, who had missed the previous five games for PSU, rushed 18 times for 80 yards, but other team members combined to lose 24 yards rushing.

"Anytime you lose it's a team loss," Walsh said. "You don't give yourself a chance to win with no points."

Wheaton said it was an emotional win.

"Kramer all week, he said we got to do it, not only for us, but for the fans," Wheaton said.

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