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October 26th, 2009
Bobcats escape at Northwestern State

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State offense struggled to cross the goal line at Northwestern State last Saturday, but that offense, the kicking game and the defense were just good enough to enable the Bobcats to return home with a 20-17 win.

The win improved Texas State to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Southland Conference, setting up a huge homecoming showdown (2 p.m.) with Stephen F. Austin on Halloween at Bobcat Stadium. The Lumberjacks, at 3-0 in the league, are all alone in first place. The Bobcats are in a jumbled, four-way tie for second place at 2-1 with McNeese State, Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana.

The Bobcats now have won four straight games in Louisiana after winning at McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana last season and at Nicholls State and Northwestern State this year. The Bobcats also have won six straight road games in the Southland Conference.

Texas State trailed, 17-14, early in the fourth quarter against Northwestern State, which fell to 0-3 in the league and 0-7 overall. Texas State then pushed down field to set up a 28-yard field goal by Justin Garelick to tie the game, 17-17, with 7:26 left.

The Texas State defense then forced a three and out as Travis Houston and Adley Eshraghipour sacked Northwestern State’s Paul Harris for a seven-yard loss on third and six at the Demons’ 31. Texas State regained possession at its own 47 and moved to a 21-yard field goal by Garelick with 1:48 left as it took a 20-17 lead.

Garret Hood and Josh Minde tackled Harris behind the line on Northwestern State’s next possession, preserving the Texas State lead.

Texas State quarterback Bradley George connected with wide receiver Da’Marcus Griggs for a five-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Bobcats a 7-3 lead. A 39-yard touchdown run by Alvin Canady increased the Texas State lead to 14-3 in the third quarter.

But Northwestern State moved to its 17-14 lead when Harris ran 14 yards for one touchdown, then William Griffin ran 28 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats netted 450 total yards, compared with 402 for Northwestern State.

George completed 23 of 31 passes for 291 yards, with Griggs making 11 catches for 129 yards. Canady led the Bobcats in rushing with nine carries for 85 yards.

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