BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Cody Kirk ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns and Montana State amassed a school-record 695 yards of total offense en route to a 55-10 win over North Dakota on Saturday.
The Bobcats (7-1, 4-1 Big Sky) held North Dakota quarterback Braden Hanson to 165 yards passing a week after he threw for 660 yards against Montana.
Montana State was coming off a demoralizing 27-24 loss to Eastern Washington in which it gave up touchdowns on an interception and a blocked punt. The Bobcats had also committed 11 turnovers in their previous three games, but had none against North Dakota.
"What fixed the turnovers was the loss," Montana State coach Rob Ash said. "We now have an urgency to protect the ball. We asked our players, 'Do you want to be that guy?' meaning that guy that makes the big mistake and lets everyone down.
"Nobody wanted to be that guy."
Montana State scored touchdowns on four of its first six possessions to take a 28-7 halftime lead. Denarius McGhee was 16 of 19 for 185 yards and a touchdown in the first half and finished the game 24 of 32 for 259 yards and three touchdowns. McGhee has now thrown a touchdown pass in 33 straight games.