McShane posts big game but WIU drops opener at Montana St.

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Freeport native Steve McShane came up big in the season opener for Western Illinois, but his Leathernecks fell just short to Montana State, 26-23, Thursday night.

McShane carried the ball 11 times for 76 yards with a touchdown, and also caught six passes for 40 yards with two more receiving touchdowns. That gives him 116 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the game.

The former Pretzel scored his first touchdown of the game midway through the first quarter with a three-yard run and a 7-0 Leathernecks lead. He added an 18-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter to help WIU get off to a 13-6 halftime lead.

The teams traded scores in the second half, with McShane catching a two-yard pass in the third quarter to put the Leathernecks up 20-13.

But Tristan Bailey’s 35-yard field goal with about four minutes remaining in the game put Montana State up for good.

Next up, Western Illinois takes on Illinois in Champaign, Sept. 8.

Derek Bayne

Derek Bayne

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