BOZEMAN, Mont. — Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop passed 291 yards and two touchdowns to help the 14th-ranked Bobcats take a 31-21 halftime lead against visiting Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.
In the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams, Prukop completed 11 of 15 passes, including long scoring strikes to Jayshawn Gates (88 yards) and Beau Sandland (63 yards) to put the No. 20 Mustangs in an early 21-0 hole.
Cal Poly came back with a pair of touchdowns to keep the game within reach.
Sophomore fullback Joe Protheroe scored on a 36-yard run and fifth-year senior Willie Tucker caught a Chris Brown touchdown pass from 22 yards out.
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It was Tucker's first touchdown reception since the 2013 season, having missed all of 2014 with a knee injury.
Kori Garcia also scored his first touchdown of the season, a 6-yard run late in the half that brought the score to 31-21.
Cal Poly will get the ball to start the second half.