Montana State came into Martin Stadium on Saturday and showed it is deserving of its 23rd ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision polls. Washington State, on the other hand, played better in some ways at Oklahoma State than it did against the Bobcats. We have some notes and links, so read on.
• I would say I have to wait to watch the tape of the game before I passed on any opinions, but I understand Fox had trouble in Texas and the game never got to the cable or satellite providers. Pity. You could have admired how hard Montana State played. And how good WSU actually looked over the final 15 minutes. The other 45, phooey. Alex Hoffman-Ellis had it right when he said, “Pardon my language, but this (bs) has to stop.” (You can see the rest of his quote in my game story). Whatever, I’m sure there will be a lot of consternation throughout cyber land tonight and tomorrow. … How about C.J. Mizell? Given the opportunity late, he came up with two huge plays, a fourth-down sack and a late interception. Though, to be fair, he was out of position on Denarius McGhee’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Elvis Akpla. But that’s what’s going to happen until he gets his feet under him. … And James Montgomery, who broke the 100-yard barrier. Montgomery was laughing afterward about his inability to go the distance anymore. Maybe later in the year. Montgomery’s 70-yard run was the longest since Chris Ivory went 80 yards against Idaho in 2006. … Micah Hannam made his 39th consecutive start, the most for a WSU offensive lineman since Mike Utley started 42 in a row from 1985 through 1988. Utley, by the way, was at the game. … Andrei Lintz caught his first career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Actually, it was his first catch of any kind. … Saturday’s 15-point deficit was the largest WSU has overcome in the fourth quarter since climbing back from 21 down against Stanford in 1984. … You can also find our notebook here.
• That’s all for now. We’ll be back in the morning. Until then …