With no time left on the clock and the overtime period in progress the Bobcats fell to visiting Northwestern State after the Demons scored a touchdown to win the game, 34-31. Texas State falls to 5-4, 2-2 SLC, while the Demons improve to 6-3, 3-1 SLC.
After regulation with the game tied 28-all was forced into overtime where Northwestern State won the toss and elected to go on defense first. Andrew Ireland kicked a 28-yard field goal to take a three point lead, with the Demons having possession next.
The Bobcats faced the Demons of Northwestern State who entered today’s contest with the league’s top defense matching up against the Bobcats who hold the top offense honor.
Kasey Brown of Northwestern State intercepted the Texas State ball at the Demons own 40, to run it back for a touchdown and put the Demons up, 7-0, to begin the game with 11:54 left to go in the first quarter. The interception marked Bradley George’s fourth of the season.
Kenneth Hampton intercepted a pass by Northwestern State quarterback Drew Branch at the Texas State 48-yard line to give the Bobcats the ball with eight minutes to go in the quarter, the Bobcats could not capitalize on the next drive and were forced to punt after three.
Two-straight fall starts force the Demons to go for third down and 20. Defensive back Morris Crosby intercepted the ball and returned it for 17 yards to the Texas State 31, for his second interception of the season, giving the Bobcats possession with 1:02 left to go on the clock.
George connected with wide receiver Daren Dillard for a 46-yard touchdown pass to bring the game to 7-after an Andrew Ireland PAT was good, with 13:40 left in the half.
Northwestern State’s Dudley Guice caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Branch to take the lead, 14-0.
Benjamin Follis rushed for 16 yards on a fake punt attempt by the Bobcats to capture a first down for the Bobcats; that led to a touchdown catch by E.J. LeBlanc for his first touchdown of the year.
A 41-yard rush by Karrington Bush set up a touchdown run by Blake Burton five plays later to tie the game at 21.
Hampton had a crucial pass break-up at Northwestern State’s 47 yard line with 5:21 to go in the third, to force the Demons to punt.
With 13:02 to go in the game George connected with Adrian Thomas on an 18-yard touchdown pass to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game bringing the score to 28-21. The touchdown was Thomas’ first TD since Dec. 9, 2005 against Northern Iowa. The completion was George’s third touchdown pass of the night.
Northwestern State’s William Griffin rushed for two yards with 3:44 to go in the game to score a touchdown and tie the game at 28-all.
George finished the day 17 of 36 for 201 yards, with one interception and three touchdown passes.
Bush led all rushers with 92 yards on 16 attempts, just eight shy of a 100-yard rushing game.
Dillard was the top yardage receiver of the night with 62 yards on two receptions and one touchdown. LeBlanc had three receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown, while Thomas had two catches for 22 yards and a TD.
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