Showing up with a balanced, high-powered offense, the Texas State football team broke a two-game losing streak Saturday afternoon with a 34-28 win at Nicholls State.
The victory raised the Bobcats to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Southland Conference.
After falling behind, 7-3, late in the first quarter, the Bobcats scored 21 points in 3:02 early during the second period as quarterback Bradley George threw two touchdown passes and Karrington Bush rushed for a touchdown. The final touchdown, a ten-yard pass from George to Woody McClendon, gave the Bobcats their biggest lead at 24-7 with 11:24 left in the first half.
George finished the game with 20 completions in 31 attempts for 233 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Bush produced 163 yards in 20 carries.
However, Bush left the game late, re-injuring his right knee. After Bush missed two full games and almost all of a third with an injury to the knee early this season, the Bobcats are hoping the latest injury isn’t more serious.
“It certainly didn’t look good when he came off the field,” Texas State head coach Wright said. “We will be saying our prayers, and hopefully, it’s not as bad as we think, but if it is, we will have to get some people to step up, which Alvin Canady and Frank Reddic have done this season.”
The Bobcats hadn’t won a game at Nicholls State since 1999. The Colonels fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the Southland Conference.
“Our defense did what you have to do against an option offense,” Wright said. “They had some players make big plays, but we made more plays than they did and we are going home with our first win here since 1999. We were able to get some turnovers and that is the key whenever you play an option offense. Offensively, we had several different players contribute with some big plays in the game.”
Nicholls closed out the scoring in the first half when quarterback LaQuinton Caston ran for an 11-yard touchdown to make the halftime score 24-14. Nicholls crept even closer at the start of the third quarter, after A.J. Williams ran 70 yards to Texas State’s one. From there, Caston ran it in, bringing Nicholls to within 24-21.
The Bobcats answered with Justin Garelick’s 27-yard field goal at the end of a 13-play, 67-yard drive. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Bobcats ended a 72-yard, 12-play drive when George hit Daren Dillard with a six-yard crossing pass for a touchdown. The score gave Texas State a 34-21 lead 51 seconds into the fourth quarter.
The Texas State defense allowed 324 total yards, 259 of them on the ground.
The Bobcats are tied at 1-1 with three other Southland Conference teams — McNeese State, Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas. Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana share the league lead at 2-0. SFA beat Central Arkansas, 33-30 last Saturday, while Southeastern Louisiana beat Sam Houston State, 37-21.Email | Print