No. 11 Montana State (5-2, 3-0 Big Sky) 77, UC Davis (1-5, 0-3) 37
Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop apparently doesn’t want to relinquish the national offensive player of the week award from last week. He completed 17-of-22 pass attempts for 361 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Shawn Johnson scored three touchdowns on 256 all-purpose yards, and Montana State posted its highest point total ever in a Big Sky matchup.
UC Davis’ Ben Scott passed for 379 yards and four touchdowns, and Gabe Manzanares rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown.
By Brandon Lawrence, The Sports Network
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Dakota Prukop has officially wiped out all feelings of uncertainty in Bozeman, Montana.
The sophomore quarterback from Austin, Texas, wasn’t even the first thought this preseason as a replacement for four-year Montana State starter DeNarius McGhee. After seeing time in 2013 when McGhee was sidelined with an injury, Jake Bleskin seemed to be the favorite to win the starting quarterback job out of the possible four contenders for the gig.
But Prukop emerged onto the scene with strong performances that earned him the starting nod before the regular season kicked off at Arkansas State. And through six games, he’s proven to be the right choice to replace possibly the greatest offensive staple in Bobcats football history.
McGhee was a four-year starter for Montana State, and a three-year contender for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the FCS. Originally from Euless, Texas, McGhee has seemingly started a down- South quarterback trend that has found its way up to the North country.
Prukop was dominant in the Bobcats’ 59-56 win at Big Sky Conference foe Sacramento State this past Saturday. The sophomore completed 23-of-34 pass attempts for 348 yards and five touchdowns against one interception, and added 16 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. His most important touchdown came with four seconds remaining in the game – a 4-yard pass hookup with Mitchell Herbert for the game-winning score.
Prukop’s eight total touchdowns in the game is a school record, and his performance was certainly good enough to get a nod for the offensive player of the week in the FCS. Prukop, Villanova’s Don Cherry, Southeast Missouri State’s Tim Hamm-Bey, Mercer’s Chandler Curtis, Liberty’s John Lunsford and South Carolina State’s Darius Leonard have all been selected as The Sports Network’s national FCS players of the week following Week 6 action of the college football season.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dakota Prukop, Montana State, QB, So., 6-2, 195, Austin, Texas