NCAAF Game Recap - Albany at Montana State
Sat Dec 7, 2019 3:00 PM EST

UGA
10
LSU
37
F
OHSt
34
Wisc
21
F
UVA
17
Clem
62
F
Utah
15
Oreg
37
F
Bayl
23
Okla
30
F OT
Cin
24
Mem
29
F
Hawaii
10
Boise
31
F
ULLaf
38
App
45
F
MiaOH
26
C Mi
21
F
UAB
6
FlAtl
49
F

Montana State 47, Albany 21

Dec 7, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Albany (9-5)

7

0

0

14

21

Montana State (10-3)

16

10

14

7

47

Rovig passes for 279 yards, Montana State beats Albany 47-21
Sun Dec 8, 2019 12:21 AM

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Tucker Rovig passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns in leading Montana State to a second-round FCS playoff victory over Albany 47-21.

Rovig finished 24 for 30 with no interceptions. Montana State's other quarterback Travis Jonsen ran for 85 yards on six carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run. The 47 points is the most the Bobcats (10-3) have scored in their playoff history.

The Great Danes got on the board right away when Jeff Undercuffler hit Juwan Green, who made a circus catch on the 35 and sprinted in for the score to complete a 58-yard scoring play just 1:08 into the game.

The Bobcats responded with 26 straight points on a variety of plays before the half. Montana State got Jonsen's 47-yard score to tie the game on its first possession, then Isaiah Ifanse, who is the start running back, blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety. Kevin Kassis took a pass from Rovig in from 5 yards out before Ifanse scored from the 12. Montana State got a 19-yard field goal to end the half.

"This is how unselfish this team is," explained Montana State head coach Jeff Choate. "When we go out there to punt and in practice, (Ifanse) jumps in there and works our guys over, so finally I just said, `let's get him in there, because we can't block him."'

"The kick game gave us trouble and they outplayed us by a huge margin in the kick game," Albany head coach Greg Guttuso said.

Damien Washington came up with two first half interceptions for Montana State. The second stopped a promising Albany drive on the Montana State 13. Coy Steel electrified the fans with three punt returns for 105 yards in the half. All three were over 30 yards.

Montana State got a one-handed, 49-yard touchdown reception by Lance McCutcheon on the opening play of the second half to push the score to 33-7. On the next Bobcats drive McCutcheon hauled in 42-yard pass from Rovig as he backpedaled into the front corner of the end zone. Montana State made it three scores on three drives in the second half when Logan Jones plowed in from the 3.

"It's very nice when you can throw up 50-50 balls and know they can catch them," Rovig said.

The Montana State defense held Albany to just 2 for 12 on third downs and Bryce Sterk had two sacks. Albany tacked on a pair of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

The Bobcats advanced to the quarterfinals to face the Austin Peay. The Great Danes finished their season at 9-5 after winning their first playoff game last week.

Passing

Alb Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Undercuffler 37 18 48.6 2 273 58 2 68.9
MonSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Bauman 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
T. Rovig 30 24 80.0 3 279 49 0 138.8

Rushing

Alb Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Mofor 12 51 4.3 23 1
A. James 9 31 3.4 10 0
MonSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Jonsen 6 85 14.2 47 1
L. Sumner 12 55 4.6 9 0

Receiving

Alb Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Green 3 123 41.0 58 1
J. Reeves 6 72 12.0 24 1
MonSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
I. Ifanse 1 0 0.0 0 0
K. Kassis 11 131 11.9 44 1

Fumbles

MonSt F FL
L. Jones 1 1

Returning

Alb KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. James 1 13.0 0 13 0 - 0 0
MonSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Steel 0 - 0 0 4 26.3 0 41
L. Jones 3 31.0 0 51 0 - 0 0

Punting

Alb Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Mitchell 6 248 41.3 50
MonSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Padmos 3 146 48.7 61

Takeaways

MonSt Int Yds InTD
D. Washington 2 21 0

Team Stats Comparison

Alb MonSt
Points For 21 47
Total Yards 333 483
Rushing Yards 60 203
Passing Yards 273 280
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/37 25/32
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 19 28
Penalties - Yards 7/80 5/53
Time Of Possession 9:09 51:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/12 6/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 7/35 3/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Alb MonSt
Alb 1:08 TD Juwan Green 58 yd pass from Jeff Undercuffler (Dylan Burns kick) 7 0
MonSt 2:44 TD Travis Jonsen 47 yd run (Tristan Bailey kick) 7 7
MonSt 4:43 SF Team safety 7 9
MonSt 9:35 TD Kevin Kassis 5 yd pass from Tucker Rovig (Tristan Bailey kick) 7 16
2nd Quarter Alb MonSt
MonSt 2:18 TD Isaiah Ifanse 12 yd run (Tristan Bailey kick) 7 23
MonSt 14:59 FG Tristan Bailey 19 yd FG 7 26
3rd Quarter Alb MonSt
MonSt 2:54 TD Lance McCutcheon 49 yd pass from Tucker Rovig (Tristan Bailey kick) 7 33
MonSt 10:44 TD Lance McCutcheon 42 yd pass from Tucker Rovig (Tristan Bailey kick) 7 40
4th Quarter Alb MonSt
MonSt 4:17 TD Logan Jones 3 yd run (Tristan Bailey kick) 7 47
Alb 6:16 TD Karl Mofor 23 yd run (Dylan Burns kick) 14 47
Alb 13:56 TD Jerah Reeves 16 yd pass from Jeff Undercuffler (Dylan Burns kick) 21 47

Game Information

Stadium: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman, Montana
Attendance: 12,947
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