The Bobcats (12-3) played the No. 2 seed Bison (14-1) for the 2021 FCS championship in Frisco, Texas.
The Bobcats played for their first national championship since 1984.
Photos from the Montana State Bobcat's 38-10 loss against the North Dakota State Bison in the FCS National Championship game at Toyota Stadium…
As he seemingly always has this season, though, McCutcheon remained his steady self, finishing with game highs of five catches for 106 yards.
What Montana State’s first appearance in the FCS Championship game in 37 years taught us is how wide the gap remains between the still-rising Bobcats and, ominously, the still-rising Bison.
Seniors like Troy Andersen, Daniel Hardy and Lewis Kidd propelled MSU to this near-championship place.
Losing quarterback Tommy Mellott to injury didn't cost MSU the championship game against North Dakota State, but Bobcat fans and a national TV audience got a raw deal nonetheless.
While the outcome might've stayed the same, it's hard to know how the FCS title game would have played out if Mellott stayed in.
Bobcat supporters took advantage of an opportunity that took 37 years to arrive.
Andersen will a receive a plaque at the FCS championship, a game he'll play in.
Some 150 former players, dating to the 1960s, were allowed to share in what has to be the most unifying moment in the history of a program with three national titles.
To win their first national title since 1984, the Bobcats will have to beat an FCS dynasty.
Photos of the Montana State University Bobcats and their fans as they prepare to take on North Dakota State for the FCS National Championship …
Kimball set a record during MSU's 1984 title-winning season.
- JOHN LETASKY 406mtsports.com
Ryan Davis, a tight end from Skyview, will be playing for Montana State against North Dakota State Saturday in Frisco, Texas.
Simply getting to Frisco has proven to be fraught for MSU's team members and fans.
Banks is expected to be the next defensive coordinator at Colorado State.
- BISMARCK TRIBUNE
Some Upper Midwest politicians are staking food and potential embarrassment on the outcome of Saturday's Football Championship Subdivision national title game between North Dakota State University Bison and the Montana State Bobcats.
The man with many title ties is set to retire after MSU's upcoming title game.
The Bobcats are one win away from setting a program record.
Mike Yawitz covered the '76 and '84 Bobcats for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Mellott is one win away from leading the Bobcats to their first national title since 1984.
- JEFF KOLPACK The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
The blueprint for FCS success is more about during the week, less about Saturday.
MSU is “built on Montana natives,” but those players recognize the importance of their out-of-state teammates.
“I can’t wait to get down to Frisco and see if we can’t tie a bow on a storybook ending.” - Leon Costello
- 406mtsports.com and Associated Press
The game would be moved to Jan. 14 under certain circumstances.
Like MSU's 1976 title team, this year's Bobcats are led by a quarterback from Butte and a mild-mannered coach.
If all goes well for MSU, Dennehy and Mellott will have much more than just a Butte connection.
“One of the last things I told the players is, ‘I love you, I gave you everything you need to be a champion, so go do it.’” - Jeff Choate
Twice Brent Vigen had an opportunity to become a head coach at his alma mater, a program he played for and one he helped lead to three FCS championships. Twice it wasn’t meant to happen. When the same job at Montana State opened up, Vigen seized it.
The Bobcats and Bison will play without some key players, but others will/might see the field in Frisco.
There have been no major pandemic-related issues for MSU and NDSU this season, but the virus is "a real concern."
To get MSU to the national title game, Brent Vigen used strategies he learned during his time at North Dakota State.
Bobcats like Rylan Ortt have stepped in for injured starters, and there's been little-to-no drop off.
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- Week 7: No. 9 Montana State Bobcats visit No. 19 Weber State
- Week 6: No. 10 Montana State Bobcats host Cal Poly for homecoming
- Week 5: No. 11 Montana State Bobcats host Northern Colorado
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