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Press releaseBOZEMAN, MT-For the second week in a row the Dixie State College (1-2) football team traveled to a Division I FCS (Football Championship Series) opponent. Similar to last week against Southern Utah University, they lost 23-20 to Montana State University (1-1). But, the Red Storm showed promise in their ability to move the ball and make key plays.
Trailing 10-0 with 5:16 left in the 2nd quarter, Red Storm Senior QB Judd Thompson found Junior WR Nash Fowler for a 49-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Bobcats lead to 10-7.
Dixie State opened the second half with an 11 play 65-yard drive that was capped off by a 12 yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Senior TE Skyler Ence. The touchdown gave the Red Storm a 14-13 lead.
The Bobcats took the lead for good on a 32-yard pass from Mark Iddins to Kyle Beggar. MSU added their final points of the game with 6:09 left in the game, when Jason Cunningham added his 3rd field goal from 35-yards out, giving them a 23-14 lead.
Dixie State scored its final touchdown with 11 seconds on the game clock when Thompson found Christensen in the back of the endzone. This came after the Red Storm defense forced the Bobcats to miss a 31-yard field goal. The Red Storm took over on downs and Thompson led the team down the field on a 7-play 80-yard drive that took just 53 seconds to complete.
DSC tried the on-side kick but the kick sailed just out of bounds. MSU kneeled on the ball to escape with the victory.
Fowler finished with a career high 144 yards receiving for DSC and Christensen hauled in 136 more as the duo combined for 16 receptions.
Junior LB Keauntea Bankhead led the Red Storm with 13 tackles.
DSC travels to Western Oregon to play its GNAC opener this week before returning home on September 26 to face Humboldt State.
(Courtesy of Dixie State press office)