NCAAF Game Recap - Austin Peay at Montana State
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:00 PM EST

Army
7
Navy
31
F

Montana State 24, Austin Peay 10

Dec 13, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Austin Peay (11-4)

0

3

0

7

10

Montana State (11-3)

10

0

14

0

24

Ifanse leads Montana State into FCS semis with 24-10 win
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:45 AM

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Isaiah Ifanse ran for 196 yards and a touchdown and passed for a touchdown to lead Montana State to a 24-10 win over Austin Peay in the FCS quarterfinals on Friday night.

The fifth-seeded Bobcats (11-3) will next take on the winner of Saturday's game between Illinois State and defending champion North Dakota State.

"Sometimes you just tip your hat to your opponent," Austin Peay coach Mark Hudspeth said. "They're an outstanding football team with outstanding fans and an outstanding defense."

The Bobcats sacked JaVaughn Craig four times, the last when Derek Marks strip-sacked Craig and Bryce Sterk scooped up the ball and rumbled to the APSU 11 with 1:07 to play.

"They're a dangerous team with their plus-one quarterback run game, but once it became a drop-back game that was to our advantage," MSU coach Jeff Choate said.

Ifanse broke loose on the third play of the game, racing 60 yards up the middle for a touchdown. Late in the third quarter, he took the snap out of the Wildcat formation and threw a jump pass to defensive tackle Jason Scrempos, who was lined up at tight end, giving MSU a 24-3 lead.

MSU's Brayden Konkol intercepted a JaVaughn Craig pass on the Governors' first possession of the second half. The Bobcats drove 57 yards for a touchdown when Tucker Rovig hit Kevin Kassis in the back corner of the end zone for a 5-yard score.

MSU held APSU (11-4) to no first downs in the first quarter and just three through the first three quarters. The Governors had just 18 yards on 19 carries.

"Our front seven is so good," MSU safety Brayden Konkol said. "It almost gets boring playing safety."

Rovig finished 13-of-20 passing with one touchdown and 114 yards. Logan Jones had 59 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Craig was 18-of-37 passing with 173 yards and two interceptions. He tossed a 76-yard touchdown to DeAngel Wilson in the third quarter.

TAKEAWAY

The win advances the Bobcats to the semifinals for the first time since 1984, which is the last year they won a national title.

Passing

APSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Craig 37 18 48.6 1 173 76 2 48.6
D. Stuart 1 1 100.0 0 24 24 0 118.8
MonSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Rovig 20 13 65.0 1 114 30 0 96.7
I. Ifanse 1 1 100.0 1 2 2 0 118.8

Rushing

APSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Williams 7 9 1.3 5 0
B. Harley 1 5 5.0 5 0
MonSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Ifanse 26 196 7.5 60 1
L. Jones 13 59 4.5 9 0

Receiving

APSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Wilson 6 118 19.7 76 1
J. Alexander 4 48 12.0 24 0
MonSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Steel 2 36 18.0 30 0
K. Kassis 4 24 6.0 10 1

Fumbles

APSU F FL
D. Wilson 1 0
J. Craig 1 1
MonSt F FL
T. Jonsen 1 1

Returning

APSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Wilson 0 - 0 0 2 3.0 0 4
J. Alexander 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0
MonSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
L. Jones 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

APSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Stuart 7 270 38.6 44
MonSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Padmos 4 159 39.8 46

Takeaways

MonSt Int Yds InTD
T. Thomas 1 2 0
B. Konkol 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

APSU MonSt
Points For 10 24
Total Yards 197 386
Rushing Yards 0 279
Passing Yards 197 107
Passing Completions / Attempts 19/38 15/22
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/1
First Downs 10 16
Penalties - Yards 9/93 9/90
Time Of Possession 10:10 50:50
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 1/14 9/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/4 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/39 4/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter APSU MonSt
MonSt 1:22 TD Isaiah Ifanse 60 yd run (Tristan Bailey kick) 0 7
MonSt 13:08 FG Tristan Bailey 45 yd FG 0 10
2nd Quarter APSU MonSt
APSU 14:04 FG Logan Birchfield 38 yd FG 3 10
3rd Quarter APSU MonSt
MonSt 3:46 TD Kevin Kassis 5 yd pass from Tucker Rovig (Tristan Bailey kick) 3 17
MonSt 10:52 TD Jason Scrempos 2 yd pass from Isaiah Ifanse (Tristan Bailey kick) 3 24
4th Quarter APSU MonSt
APSU 1:49 TD DeAngelo Wilson 76 yd pass from JaVaughn Craig (Logan Birchfield kick) 10 24

Game Information

Stadium: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman, Montana
Attendance: 14,017
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