Texas State wide receiver Darius Bolden (80) escapes from Southeastern Louisiana free safety Re’Keem Wilson to score on a 30-yard touchdown pass Saturday. However, Southeastern Louisiana won the game, 49-24. Texas State sports information photo.
Apparently, Southeastern Louisiana’s 24 points in the fourth quarter at Bobcat Stadium last year was part of a larger trend.
The Lions continued their offensive mastery of Texas State Saturday in a 49-24 drubbing to start the Southland Conference season for both teams.
The loss dealt a tough blow to the Bobcats, who lost their league opener to Southeastern for the second straight year. The loss also didn’t help Texas State’s rising national reputation, which placed the Bobcats 15th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) coach’s poll last week.
Texas State now is 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Southland Conference with a game coming up Saturday at home against Nicholls State. Southeastern (2-3, 1-0) plays Saturday at Sam Houston State.
Southeastern’s national ranking of 13th against the run proved to not be a fluke. Texas State totaled 80 yards in 33 rushes, with that total including four quarterback sacks for losses of 30 yards. Texas State running backs Karrington Bush and Dexter Imade, each of whom averaged more than 84 rushing yards per game before Saturday, combined for 101 rushing yards in 25 attempts.
The Lions took control of the game during a five-minute stretch covering both sides of the halftime intermission.
A 13-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Beatty to Simmie Yarborough with four seconds left in the first half gave the Lions a 28-21 lead. Southeastern received the ball at its own 41 on a punt with 34 seconds left in the half, then moved swiftly downfield on passes of 17 and 22 yards from Beatty to Kory Theodore to set up the score.
Southeastern then received the ball on the second half kickoff and whisked 75 yards in eight plays for another touchdown. The score came on a 28-yard pass from Beatty to Yarborough, giving the Lions a 35-21 lead.
The Bobcats responded by driving from their own 32 to the Southeastern 12 before settling for a 27-yard field goal by Justin Garelick to make it 35-21. Later in the third quarter, though, Texas State quarterback Tyler Arndt threw an interception to Southeastern’s Re’Keem Wilson at the Bobcats 22, and B.J. Young soon ran for a seven-yard touchdown on the third play of the fourth quarter, upping the lead to 42-21.
Starting with that interception, the Texas State passing game was of no use in trying to overcome the scoreboard deficit. Counting the interception, Arndt was four-for-nine for 25 yards and an interception for the balance of the game. Even more damaging than the plays lost to incompletions were the four sacks Arndt took during that period.
The Bobcats finished the game with 238 total yards, by far their worst offensive output of the season. Arndt ended at 13 for 28, 158 passing yards, three interceptions and a touchdown pass.
Beatty appears to have secured the quarterback position at Southeastern with a career game, completing 27 of 40 passes for 368 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Yarborough caught eight passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Southeastern totaled 125 rushing yards in 41 tries.