Mellott injured his ankle on the first drive of the FCS title game and didn't return.
Losing quarterback Tommy Mellott to injury didn't cost MSU the championship game against North Dakota State, but Bobcat fans and a national TV audience got a raw deal nonetheless.
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As he seemingly always has this season, though, McCutcheon remained his steady self, finishing with game highs of five catches for 106 yards.
The Bobcats played for their first national championship since 1984.
What Montana State’s first appearance in the FCS Championship game in 37 years taught us is how wide the gap remains between the still-rising Bobcats and, ominously, the still-rising Bison.
Some 150 former players, dating to the 1960s, were allowed to share in what has to be the most unifying moment in the history of a program with three national titles.
Montana State's 2021 football season, game by game.
If all goes well for MSU, Dennehy and Mellott will have much more than just a Butte connection.
Brock Jensen is compelled to follow the FCS. He graduated as the winningest quarterback at the level.
“One of the last things I told the players is, ‘I love you, I gave you everything you need to be a champion, so go do it.’” - Jeff Choate
Twice Brent Vigen had an opportunity to become a head coach at his alma mater, a program he played for and one he helped lead to three FCS championships. Twice it wasn’t meant to happen.
Before Vigen was an accomplished college football coach, he was a promising young basketball player from Buxton, North Dakota.
Brent Vigen recognized the dynamic potential of Tommy Mellott. For MSU’s head coach, channeling Mellott’s skill set was the challenge.
The magic of Tommy Mellott and Troy Andersen are reminiscent of some key players on Montana State's 1984 championship team.
The Griz and Cats each have 4 players chosen for the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Teams.
Montana is the only team to have three or more players on the Athlon Sports FCS All-America Team.
A total of nine Cats and Griz earn All-America honors from Stats Perform.
For the first time all game, Tommy Mellott was on the sideline for a Montana State offensive snap.
Montana and Montana State combine for three players on the exclusive 11-player All-American team.
Montana and Montana State combine for six Associated Press FCS All-Americans.
"Dylan plays the game the way it's meant to be played and Casey might be the most dynamic kicker that we've seen, and maybe the state's seen in a while." – Butte High football coach Arie Grey
Both semifinal teams have injury uncertainty going into Saturday's game at Bobcat Stadium.
No. 8-seeded Montana State (10-2) will play at top-seeded and defending national champion Sam Houston (11-0) in the FCS quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday