The Texas State football team used three record-setting performances on offense and some tough defense to beat Stephen F. Austin 62-21 at Homer Bryce Stadium Saturday afternoon.The Bobcats scored on 10 of the first 11 times they touched the football in setting a new school record for most points in a Southland Conference game and came within two yards of breaking another school record with 678 yards of total offense. The Bobcats eclipsed their 54 points against McNeese State in 2004.
Individually, Bradley George completed 25 of his 35 passes for a school-record 418 yards and four touchdowns. It marks the second time in the last three games that he has thrown for four touchdown passes.
Cameron Luke also set a couple of records for touchdown catches when he caught two touchdown passes from George in the second quarter. Luke broke the Southland Conference career record for most career touchdown receptions with his 28th career touchdown catch, eclipsing the old mark of 27 career td catches set by Matt Dominguez of Sam Houston State in 1997-00. His two touchdown catches in the also broke his own single season school record with 13 touchdown receptions this season, eclipsing his old record of 12 last year.
Karrington Bush also rushed for 1xx yards, marking the tenth 100-yard game of his career. He has had five 100-yard games in this season and last year, his freshman season. Bush is the only sophomore FCS runner to record ten 100-yard games in their career.
The game began like it was going to be an offensive shootout on each team’s first possession in the game. First, George threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Mishak Rivas on the first play from scrimmage to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead.
Stephen F. Austin came right back to tie the score with a 76-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Moses to Dominque Edison on the Lumberjacks’ second play from scrimmage.
The Bobcats moved ahead for good on their second possession in the game when Bush ran for a 27-yard touchdown to cap a seven-play, 71-yard drive.
After Texas State forced Stephen F. Austin to punt on their next three possessions, the Bobcats opened up a 27-7 lead. First Andrew Ireland kicked a 27-yard field goal. Then Clint Toon came in to run for a three-yard touchdown up the middle on a quarterback sneak, and Ireland hit a 26-yard field goal.
Stephen F. Austin scored its second touchdown of the game with 11:43 left in the first half when Tyrone Ross ran for a six-yard touchdown.
After the Bobcats answered with Luke catching his first touchdown pass in the game on a 34-yard pass from George, Texas State’s defense held the Lumberjacks to a combined seven yards on their next two drives.
Luke closed out the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown catch from George to give the Bobcats a 41-14 lead at halftime. The 41 points were the most points scored in the first half this season for Texas State.
The second half began much the same way the first half ended as Texas State held the Lumberjacks on downs after they had moved the ball to the Texas State 31-yard line.
The Bobcats quickly took advantage as Bush scored on a 23-yard run and Mishak Rivas added a 41-yard touchdown catch from George to put the game out of reach at 55-14.
Texas State scored their final points in the game when Alvin Canady score on a one-yard run with 2:14 left in the third.
Stephen F. Austin closed out the scoring with Moses hitting Edison for a 40-yard touchdown with 1:15 left to play in the third quarter. Both teams emptied their benches in the fourth quarter and Texas State won its fifth game of the season. The Bobcats are now 5-3 this year, including a 2-1 mark in Southland Conference games. They will face Northwestern State in a Southland Conference game next Saturday, Nov. 1 in San Marcos. The Demons come into next Saturday’s game with a 5-3 overall record and 2-1 SLC mark after beating Sam Houston State 24-15.
The Texas State-Northwestern State kicks off at 3:00 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.
by Rick Poulter
University News Service