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Monday, September 4, 2006
Montana State earns $275K for upset of Colorado

Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Along with pulling off one of the biggest upsets in program history, the Montana State Bobcats earned $275,000 with their 19-10 road win Saturday over Colorado.

The win also put MSU in position for its first 2-0 start since 1999, the last of head coach Cliff Hysell's eight seasons.

That season began with a win over Chadron (Neb.) State, which visits Bozeman this coming Saturday for the first time since falling to MSU 20-10 that year.

After the Colorado victory, Montana State head coach Mike Kramer, while pleased, remembered to keep his feet on the ground.

"We have a strong sense of how good we can be," he said, "but we better be humble about it because we play a team that, seven years ago, almost tipped over the entire state. We have to play great next week against a team that knows mental toughness."

The Chadron State Eagles are also 1-0 after defeating the University of Mary 21-3 on Saturday, despite losing four fumbles. Chadron held Mary to 161 total yards as tailback Danny Woodhead (150 yards, 2 TDs) nearly outgained the Marauders by himself.

MSU's win over Colorado gave the Big Sky Conference its first win over a Division I-A school since 2003 when Montana defeated Idaho 41-28.

Portland State later made it two I-A wins for the Big Sky when the Vikings bested New Mexico 17-6 Saturday. It was the first time the conference turned that trick since 2000 when Montana beat Idaho and PSU did the same to Hawaii.

Saturday's game was Colorado's first against a I-AA school. The Buffaloes, who were once in the same conference as MSU in the 1920s, are now 1-3 against the Bobcats.