The Cats open the 2018 season on Thursday, August 30, with the annual Gold Rush game against Missouri Valley Football Conference entry Western Illinois, a squad that finished last season ranked 13 in the FCS. The Leathernecks advanced to the Playoffs two of the last three seasons.

Gold Rush is Bobcat tradition that kicks off the new season of Bobcat Football. On the first home game, fans fill the stadium in a sea of gold wearing a custom t-shirt design proclaiming their Bobcat pride.

“The Gold Rush game unites students, alumni and the community to celebrate MSU’s heritage and our continued pursuit of excellence in the classroom and on the field.”

-Julie Kipfer, MSU marketing director-

The limited edition Gold Rush T-shirts are on sale. T-shirts are $12 and may be purchased at the MSU Bookstore and at Universal Athletic stores in Bozeman, Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Gold Rush shirts are also available online at and at

Gold Rush details:

What: Montana State University 'Gold Rush" Game

Who: Montana State University Bobcats vs. Western Illinois Leathernecks

Where: Bobcat Stadium. Bozeman, MT

When: Thursday, August 30, 2018. Kick-off: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: Click here

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