October 29, 2013

Football Preview: #5 Montana State

Montana State at Northern Colorado
Nottingham Field | Greeley, CO | 1:40 pm
Listen: 1310 KFKA
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Northern Colorado Notes 
Montana State Notes 
Big Sky Conference Notes 

Quick Hits

• For the third-straight game, the Northern Colorado defense reached 100 tackles, recording 100 against UC Davis. The Bears had back-to-back Division I single game records with 107 at Sacramento State and 108 at Idaho State.
• Junior linebacker Leilon Willingham became the team's latest member to join the Century Tackle Club as he now has 101 tackles in two seasons with the Bears. Willingham currently leads the Big Sky Conference with 10.7 tackles per game and has been in double figures in five of the six games he's played -- and he recorded nine in the other. Willingham joins Clarence Bumpas (267), Gavin Miller (147), Courtney Hall (129) and Lexington Smith (114) in the club.
• The Bears boast the best receiving tandem in the Big Sky Conference in senior Jace Davis and junior Dimitri Stimphil. The pair are averaging 186.1 yards per game, the top mark in the league.
• Saturday marks the 30th meeting between the Bears and Bobcats, which ties for the longest series of any team in the Big Sky Conference with Idaho State. Montana State owns the 18-10-1 edge in the series, thanks in part to a current five-game winning streak.
• Through eight games this season, the Bears have recorded seven 100+ receiving games. Senior Jace Davis and junior Dimitri Stimphil each have three and senior Will Jefferson Jr. has one.
• Senior QB Seth Lobato moved into second on the school's all-time passing chart with 7,095 yards, surpassing Loren Snyder (1984-86) who threw for 6,874 yards in his career. Lobato now only trails 1999 Harlon Hill winner Corte McGuffey (1996-99), who threw for 8,766 yards in his time with the Bears.