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Sep 8, 2012 10:35 PM by Casey Conlon - Q2 Sports

Cats overcome slow start, beat Drake

DES MOINES, IA - The Montana State Bobcats will go into their showdown with Stephen F. Austin undefeated, but they'll need to get a lot better if they want to be considered a serious FCS contender.

The Cats needed two 4th quarter touchdowns to overcome a 24-21 deficit at Drake Saturday, their second straight lackluster performance to begin the season. Tray Robinson scored on a 30-yard TD run to retake the lead, and Denarius McGhee extended his string of consecutive games with a TD pass to 27 with a late 2-yard strike to Tanner Bleskin to seal the win.

McGhee finished 22-34 with two interceptions, including one on his first throw of the game. The Cats also lost a fumble, giving them five turnovers in two games. They've only forced one.

Drake quarterback Michael Piatkowski gave the Bulldogs their 3-point lead lead with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the 3rd quarter. He also finished the game with 311 yards passing, and a TD. Drake could only manage 59 yards rushing however, on 34 carries.

Montana State ran the ball 44 times for 168 yards, with Orenzo Davis receiving the most carries with 15. He gained 58 yards, while Robinson gained 52 on only five attempts. Cody Kirk ran the ball 12 times for 43 yards.

The Cats are now 2-0, and will host the Lumberjacks next Saturday at 1:35 pm.

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