Bobcats score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come back and win the game
The Texas State football team scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to overcome a seven-point deficit and pull out a 21-14 victory over Angelo State in its 2008 season-opening game Saturday night on the Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium.
“I think from the beginning of the game we went out there trying not to lose, instead of trying to win,” Texas State head coach Brad Wright said. “The moral of the story is that we did win the football game, and even though we did not play as well as we would have liked, our guys showed a lot of character on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. I am very impressed with the character this team showed in tonight’s game.”
Both teams showed a lot of character in the first half when they fought to a 7-7 tie before Angelo State opened the second half with a seven-play, 62-yard drive to take a 14-7 lead with 10:49 left in the third quarter. The Rams scored their go-ahead touchdown when quarterback Josh Neiswander hit Nate Bayless with a 4-yard touchdown pass.
The Bobcats came back to tie the game on the second play of the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Clint Toon hit freshman wide receiver Mishak Rivas for a nine-yard touchdown pass.
The Rams had two chances to regain the lead midway in the final period, but sophomore kicker Ryan Smith missed two field goal attempts. The first came from 36 yards with 9:38 left to play while the second miss came from 31 yards away with 5:43 remaining.
The Bobcats capitalized on the second miss as they drove 80 yards for the winning score as Toon hit two key passes on the drive.
“Clint stepped up, managed the football team and got us down the field when we needed him to,” Wright said. “He played an instrumental role in Texas State winning the football game.”
Toon’s first key pass came after Angelo State was called for a pass interference penalty at Texas State’s 32-yard line. On the next play, he hit Daren Dillard for a 39-yard pass to Angelo State’s 29-yard line. Then, facing a third down and 13 play, senior wide receiver Cameron Luke hauled in a 29-yard pass from Toon to give the Bobcats a first down at the three-yard line.
It took just two plays for the Bobcats to punch the ball into the end zone. Rivas gained two yards on a reverse just before senior fullback Blake Burton scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard plunge up the middle for the win.
The win is Texas State’s fifth-straight, season-opening victory on their home field. The Bobcats will travel to Dallas next Saturday to play the SMU Mustangs in Dallas at 7:00 p.m.
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From Texas State Sports Information
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