Bobcat defense holds offense as first week of fall camp ends

Updated: August 9, 2003, 11:21 PM ET

BOZEMAN -- Montana State's defense held the offense to just 92 yards and five first downs in a Saturday scrimmage that coach Mike Kramer called "an excellent day."

"I can see where we're headed, and it's going to be fun," Kramer said after the Bobcats' first live contact practice of the fall.

Junior Roger Cooper returned a Travis Lulay interception for 48 yards and the day's only touchdown.

"It wasn't a great play, not a bad play," Kramer said of Cooper, who goes this season from strong side to middle linebacker. "I'm not standing on my head or jumping all over the place. He'll make plays like that."

In a day that saw only one of 14 rushing plays go beyond five yards, other defensive performances included two sacks from defensive end Nick Barbero and one sack each for Ray Sebestyen, Adam Cordeiro, Ryan Cogley and Sean Kelly.

Lulay completed four of 10 for 22 yards while Brent Owens was three of four for 14.

Receiver Eddie Sullivan caught three passes for 15 yards to lead the Bobcat receivers.

In rushing, Michael Williams led with five carries for 11 yards. Cal State-Northridge transfer Bruce Molock was three for 13.

Jimmy Beal, Montana State's projected starter at tailback, was out with an injured hamstring.

MSU opens its season Aug. 30 against Wyoming at Laramie.

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