Bailey boots Montana State past Western Illinois 26-23
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Tristan Bailey hit all four of his field goals, including a 35-yarder with 4:02 left in the game, to lift Montana State to a 26-23 victory over Western Illinois on Thursday night.
After Sam Crosa nailed a 38-yard field goal to give Western Illinois a 23-20 lead, Bailey answered with a game-tying 50-yarder with 8:26 to go and followed with his game-winner.
Bailey connected from the 47 yards as time expired in the first half to pull the Bobcats within 13-6. Troy Andersen’s 14-yard scoring run capped an eight-play, 81-yard drive that saw Montana State pull even at 13 on the opening possession of the third quarter.
It took three plays for the Bobcats to pull even again — on Andersen’s 24-yard TD run that was set up by Kevin Kassis‘ 69-yard kick return.
Andersen finished with 24 carries for 145 yards. He also connected on 12 of 21 passes for 81 yards and a pick.