Cal Poly falls be­hind early and never catches Mon­tana State

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Sports - BY THE TRI­BUNE sports@thetri­bune­news.com

Isa­iah Ifanse scored three touch­downs and rushed for over 200 yards as Mon­tana State snapped a two-game los­ing streak with a 49-42 vic­tory over Cal Poly on a chilly but dry Satur­day af­ter­noon in­side Bob­cat Sta­dium in Boze­man.

De­spite 215 yards rush­ing by Joe Protheroe, his sev­enth con­sec­u­tive 100-yard game rush­ing and 21st in his Mus­tang ca­reer, in­clud­ing four 200-yard per­for­mances, Cal Poly fell to 3-6 and 2-4.

The Bob­cats im­proved to 5-4 for the sea­son and 3-3 in Big Sky games.

Trail­ing 28-14 at half­time, Cal Poly fum­bled the ball to Mon­tana State twice in the open­ing four min­utes of the third quar­ter. Both were con­verted into touch­downs and a 42-14 Bob­cat lead. The Mus­tangs never got closer than the fi­nal mar­gin the rest of the way.

Protheroe picked up 215 yards on 36 car­ries, mov­ing past James Noble into third place on Cal Poly’s all-time ca­reer rush­ing chart. With two games re­main­ing for the se­nior full­back has ac­cu­mu­lated 1,549 yards this sea­son and 3,828 for his Mus­tang ca­reer.

He needs six yards to catch No. 2 An­to­nio War­ren and 377 yards to claim the school ca­reer rush­ing record of 4,205 yards held by Craig Young (1996-99). Protheroe also is within reach of the sin­gle-sea­son rush­ing mark of 1,578 yards set by Noble in 2005, need­ing just 30 yards.

Protheroe scored on a pair of two-yard runs in the first half, but Mon­tana State scored on each of its first three pos­ses­sions of the game and Cal Poly was play­ing catchup the rest of the way.

CAL POLY ATH­LET­ICS

Cal Poly full­back Joe Protheroe car­ries the ball Satur­day af­ter­noon against Mon­tana State. Cal Poly lost the game 49-42.

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