2012 Montana State Bobcats football team

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2012 Montana State Bobcats football
Montana State Bobcats Block M.gif
Big Sky Conference Co–Champions
FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals vs. Sam Houston State, L 16–34
Conference Big Sky Conference
Ranking
Sports Network #2
FCS Coaches #2
2012 record 11–2 (7–1 Big Sky)
Head coach Rob Ash (6th year)
Defensive coordinator Jamie Marshall
Home stadium Bobcat Stadium
(Capacity: 17,777)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Eastern Washington §^   7 1         11 3  
#2 Montana State §^   7 1         11 2  
#12 Cal Poly §^   7 1         9 3  
#20 Northern Arizona   6 2         8 3  
Sacramento State   4 4         6 5  
Northern Colorado   4 4         5 6  
Southern Utah   4 4         5 6  
North Dakota   3 5         5 6  
Montana   3 5         5 6  
UC Davis   3 5         4 7  
Portland State   2 6         3 8  
Weber State   2 6         2 9  
Idaho State   0 8         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
As of December 15, 2012
; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2012 Montana State Bobcats football team represented Montana State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bobcats were led by sixth year head coach Rob Ash and played their home games at Bobcat Stadium. They were a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in Big Sky play to share the conference championship with Cal Poly and Eastern Washington. The received an at–large bid into the FCS playoffs where they defeated Stony Brook in the second round before falling to Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals. It was the second straight year the Bobcats were knocked out of the playoffs by Sam Houston State.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:05 PM Chadron State* #4 Bobcat StadiumBozeman, MT Max Media/Big Sky TV W 33–6   20,767
September 8 5:05 PM at Drake* #4 Drake StadiumDes Moines, IA W 34–24   3,558
September 15 1:35 PM #23 Stephen F. Austin* #3 Bobcat Stadium • Bozeman, MT Max Media/Big Sky TV W 43–35   17,147
September 22 2:05 PM Northern Coloradodagger #2 Bobcat Stadium • Bozeman, MT Max Media/Big Sky TV W 41–16   18,637
September 29 1:35 PM at Southern Utah #2 Eccles ColiseumCedar City, UT RTNW [1] W 24–17   8,417
October 6 5:05 PM at UC Davis #2 Aggie StadiumDavis, CA RTNW W 48–41   9,877
October 13 1:35 PM #6 Eastern Washington #2 Bobcat Stadium • Bozeman, MT RTNW L 24–27   20,477
October 27 2:05 PM North Dakota #4 Bobcat Stadium • Bozeman, MT Max Media/Big Sky TV W 55–10   17,137
November 3 5:05 PM at Sacramento State #3 Hornet StadiumSacramento, CA RTNW W 20–17   7,143
November 10 1:35 PM Portland State #2 Bobcat Stadium • Bozeman, MT RTNW W 65–30   15,177
November 17 1:35 PM at Montana #2 Washington–Grizzly StadiumMissoula, MT (Brawl of the Wild) RTNW W 16–7   26,210
December 1 5:00 PM #10 Stony Brook* #2 Bobcat Stadium • Bozeman, MT (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 W 16–10   15,257
December 7 6:00 PM #5 Sam Houston State* #2 Bobcat Stadium • Bozeman, MT (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals/Pecan Bowl) ESPN2 L 16–34   16,417
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Game notes[edit]

Chadron State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 0 3 0 6
#4 Bobcats 6 13 7 7 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2006 CHAD, 35–24


@ Drake[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Bobcats 7 7 7 13 34
Bulldogs 0 17 7 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2010 MSU, 48–21


Stephen F. Austin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Lumberjacks 10 10 3 12 35
#3 Bobcats 14 7 7 15 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2005 MSU, 42–6


Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 13 3 0 16
#2 Bobcats 21 10 7 3 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–11–1 2011 MSU, 31–21


@ Southern Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Bobcats 7 7 3 7 24
Thunderbirds 0 7 0 10 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2007 MSU, 7–3


@ UC Davis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Bobcats 7 24 0 17 48
Aggies 14 0 24 3 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2011 MSU, 38–14


Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Eagles 0 3 10 14 27
#2 Bobcats 0 10 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–25 2011 MSU, 36–21


North Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Dakota 7 0 3 0 10
#4 Bobcats 14 14 7 20 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–13–1 1983 UND, 21–3


@ Sacramento State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Bobcats 7 3 3 7 20
Hornets 3 7 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–6 2011 MSU, 31–21


Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 3 10 10 30
#2 Bobcats 24 35 6 0 65
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–9 2011 MSU, 38–36


@ Montana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Bobcats 3 7 3 3 16
Grizzlies 7 0 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–70–5 2011 MONT, 36–10


Stony Brook–FCS Playoffs Second Round[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Seawolves 0 3 0 7 10
#2 Bobcats 7 3 3 3 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Sam Houston State–FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Bearkats 3 17 7 7 34
#2 Bobcats 3 0 6 7 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2011 SHS, 49–13

This is the second straight year the Bobcats and Bearkats have met in the FCS quarterfinals. Last years game was in Huntsville, Texas.

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
Sports Network 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 5 4 3 2 2 2  
Coaches 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 5 4 3 2 2 2


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