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Bobcats remain perfect in Big Sky with win Saturday

Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:16:15 AM MST   Updated On: Oct 27 2013 09:47:31 PM MDT

UC Davis running back Gabe Manzanares rushed for 179 yards on Saturday, but the Bobcat defense stepped up when it mattered allowing only 17 points as they beat the Aggies 34-17.

"We just went after it," said MSU senior defensive end Preston Gale. "We knew what their game plan was. The coaches got us ready and we watched a ton of film this week. We read their sets and it really helped us out."

"We weren't perfect but we made plays when we need to," said MSU junior linebacker Michael Foster.

The Bobcats recorded 5 tackles for a loss on Saturday and Brad Daly, who leads that category in the Big Sky, had 3 of them. He now has 16 tackles for a loss on the year.

Preston Gale, who suffered a knee injury in the pre-season got his biggest play of the year, forcing a fumble in the fourth quarter that would lead to a Cody Kirk rushing touchdown.

"I'm blessed to be back out on the field," Gale said. "Prayers have been answered. I fought through a lot of adversity. It's a pretty great feeling."

The offense came out firing early as DeNarius Mcghee found Shawn Johnson on a 47 yard wheel route less than two minutes into the game.

"I just put it up in the air because I know Shawn John has a lot of speed," said McGhee. "I let him run under it. He's a great player in general, great athlete."

McGhee had 230 passing yards on the day. He threw for two touchdowns, one to Johnson and the other to Chad Newell. Cody Kirk rushed for two touchdowns with Jon Ellis rushing for a touchdown as well.

The Bobcats will look to go 5-0 in Big Sky next weekend when they travel to Northern Colorado.