Texas State played in the first live broadcast of a football game on the new Southland Conference Television network and turned in an impressive offensive showing. The Bobcats (3-2) beat Texas Southern (3-3) by a score of 63-39 in front of 11,561 delighted fans at Bobcat Stadium Saturday evening.
Texas State opened the game with Karrington Bush returning the opening kickoff 49 yards to the Texas Southern 41 yard line. Four plays later on a 4th and 3 from the Tiger 34, Clint Toon hit Cameron Luke for a TD pass to make the score 7-0. Texas Southern’s first drive of the game was a 14-play, 58 yard drive that ended with a missed 38 yard FG. After the Bobcats went 3 and out, the Tigers once again put together a long drive that went 10 plays, 76 yards and they got on the board with a 21 yard pass to tie the game at 7. Texas State got great field position on the kickoff starting at the Texas Southern 49 yard line. Three plays later, Alvin Canady ran it in from 38 yards out, the PAT was good and the Bobcats led once again 14-7. The teams traded possessions to end the 1st quarter.
On Texas Southern’s first possession of the 2nd quarter, they drove all the way to the Texas State 9. On the next play, Brian Williams, the Freshman LB from Rice Consolidated forced a fumble at the Bobcat 1 yard line that was recovered by Derek Lopez in the end zone for the touchback. An interception by the Tigers and a personal foul call against the Bobcats gave the ball to Texas Southern at the Bobcat 13 yard line. The Tigers hit pay dirt two plays later and with the PAT tied the game up at 14 with 10:06 left until halftime.
The Bobcats took the lead back, 21-14 after Bradley George hit Blake Burton on a 39 yard scoring pass. The drive was 5 plays covering 79 yards. The Bobcats forced the Tigers to a 3 and out on their next possession and, after the punt, started at their own 30 yard line with 6:07 left until halftime. On the first play of the drive, George hit Luke for a 70 yard TD Pass. The PAT extended the Bobcat lead to 28-14. On the Tigers next possession, they converted a 4th and 9 from the Bobcat 28 and scored 2 plays later, The PAT was no good and the score was now 28-20 with the Bobcats leading. Bush had another great kickoff return, once again bringing it back 49 yards to the Tiger 48 yard line with 2:56 remaining. It only took 2 plays to go those 48 yards with the last 22 being a pass from George to Daren Dillard. The extra point was good and the Bobcats now led 35-20 with 2:23 left. The Tigers missed a FG with 31 seconds left and the Bobcats had another chance but they missed a FG from 42 yards out as time expired. The Bobcats led 35-20 at half.
Texas State scored first in the 3rd quarter after Stan Zwinggi, the Senior RB from Fredericksburg ran it in from 39 yards out. The PAT was good to bring the score to 42-20. The Tigers scored on their next possession but missed on the 2 point conversion. The score was now 42-26 with Texas State leading. A kickoff out of bounds gave the Bobcats a short field again starting at their own 40. Four plays later, Bush scored on a 63 yard run. With the kick, the Bobcats now led 49-26. The Tigers, once again put together a long drive. They went 72 yards on 14 plays for the TD and extra point making the score 49-33. The quarter ended with Texas State driving. After passing for 278 yards in the 1st half, the Bobcats got only 12 passing yards in the 3rd quarter but rushed for 117 yards.
Three plays into the 4th quarter, Bush took off once again and scored from 41 yards out giving the Bobcats a 56-33 lead. Texas Southern followed twith another long drive gcovering 79 yards on 9 plays down the Bobcat 1 yard line where they were stopped. The Tigers tried four running plays after having a 1st and goal from the Bobcat 2 yard line but they were stopped every time. Bryan Iwuji and Wellington Deshield both had good series on that goal line stand. After the Bobcats punted, Texas Southern went on an 8 play 63 yard scoring drive. The 2 point conversion failed leaving Texas State ahead 56-39 with 4:38 remaining in the game. The Bobcats recovered the onside kick attempt and got a TD run from Burton to make the score 63-39 after the successful PAT with 1:32 left. The Tigers were stopped on their next possession and the Bobcats were then able to run the clock out to win 63-39.
George had a great night passing going 14-17 for 281 yards and 3 TD’s. Bush ran for 112 yards on only 5 carries scoring 2 TD’s. He also had 2 KO returns for 98 yards. The defense was led by Courtney Smith (9 solo, 4 assisted tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Forced Fumble, a pass breakup and a sack). Texas State totaled 599 yards of offense but gave up 623. The Bobcats got a pretty balanced attacked by rushing for 265 yards and passing for 334.
Texas will begin Southland Conference play next week in Lake Charles, La. at Southeastern Louisiana.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th TOT
TXSO 7 13 13 6 39
TXST 14 21 14 14 63
By Michael Wright
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