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Ryan Johnson, RB, Montana State (Sr., 6-0, 210)
2002 Game-by-Game Statistics
  Date Opponent Att-Yds TDs Rec-Yds Total TDs All- Purpose Yds Avg. per Game Results  
8/31 St. Mary's (CA) 34-216 1 1-3 1 219 216.0 Win 27-24
9/7 at Stephen F. Austin 21-42 0 4-27 0 69 69.0 Loss 31-13
9/14 Adams State 18-47 1 1-9 1 56 47.0 Win 31-6
9/21 at Washington State 11-70 1 2-10 0 80 70.0 Loss 45-28
10/5 Central Washington DNP-INJURED           Loss 31-16
10/12 at Idaho State 23-119 0 3-16 0 135 119.0; Loss 18-14
10/19 Weber State 35-159 2 4-9 2 168 159.0 Win 44-10
10/26 at Northern Arizona 19-56 0 2-9 0 65 56.0 Loss 20-17
11/2 at Sacramento State 29-113 2 4-21 2 134 113.0 Win 31-30
11/9 Eastern Washington 32-142 0 4-57 0 199 142.0 Win 25-14
11/16 Portland State DNP-INJURED            
11/23 at Montana 39-132 0 2-2 0 134 132.0 Win 10-7
Totals   261-1096 7 27-165 7 1261 109.6 7-5
 
Ryan Johnson
Johnson was an unlikely force on an even less likely Big Sky title contender a year ago, rushing for 1,537 yards and 14 touchdowns while also catching 18 passes out of the backfield. The Fort Collins, CO native went from relative obscurity to the "Payton Watch" list on the strength of mesmerizing performances against the likes of Weber State (243 yards, 2 TD), Cal State Northridge (237 yards, 2 TD) and Idaho State (271 yards, 3 TD), among others. Johnson, who established an MSU single-season rushing record in 2001, needs just 450 yards to set the Bobcats? career rushing mark. Though he was sidelined during spring drills with back problems, the Big Sky?s top returning running back is expected to be back in top form as up-and-coming Montana State attempts to take another step toward national acclaim.
-Tony Moss

Weber State head coach Jerry Graybeal on Johnson, "He trucked us. He?s a tough, hardnosed football player, that?s all there is to it. To me, he?s a throwback. You watch him, he?s a one-cut, get north-and-south kind of a guy that has a nice little wrinkle to him and runs very, very strong. If you don?t bring it on him, he?ll deliver. He?ll make things happen. He broke us down and had a great game against us. Just a solid kid, doesn?t put the ball on the ground, catches the ball, does real well in their screen game. Just a hardnosed, tough guy."


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