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September 26th, 2011
Bobcats beat SFA, 35-26


Quarterback Shaun Rutherford led the Texas State Bobcats to a 35-26 win over Sephen F. Austin on Saturday. TEXAS STATE PHOTO



NACOGDOCHES – Texas State quarterback Shaun Rutherford threw for four touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Bobcats to a 35-26 victory at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night at Homer Bryce Stadium.

It was the fifth straight victory for the Bobcats in their series against the Lumberjacks, and the seventh win in the last eight games against SFA.

Rutherford’s four touchdown passes were the first touchdown passes for a Bobcat quarterback this season and the most TD’s thrown by a Texas State quarterback since Tyler Arndt threw for four touchdowns against Nicholls in 2010.

He finished the game completing 10 of 17 passes for 241 yards and he ran for 82 yards. Marcus Curry led Texas State with 128 yards on 23 carries, while Isaiah Battle was the leading receiver with five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Battle’s two touchdowns were 50-yard and 27-yard receptions. Rutherford’s longest pass in the game was a 71-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chase Harper. Harper’s catch was the longest reception by a Bobcat since Bradley George hit Alvaro Garcia for a 71-yard strike against Angelo State in 2009.

Rutherford’s  first touchdown pass was a 23-yard TD strike to tight end Kyle Doll that erased a 3-0 deficit in the first quarter and gave Texas State a 7-3 lead.

Those seven points came after Texas State held the Lumberjacks on downs when Stephen F. Austin failed to convert a fake punt on its 26-yard line.

After the Lumberjacks answered with a one-yard touchdown run by Fred Ford to give the Lumberjacks a 10-7 lead, Rutherford led Texas State on its second touchdown drive of the game. First, He completed a 17-yard pass to Andy Erickson for 18 yards before running for another 17 yards to midfield. Then, Rutherford threw a 50-yard pass for a touchdown to Isaiah Battle. Will Johnson added the extra point to give the Bobcats a 14-10 lead with 9:07 left in the first half.

The Bobcats added another touchdown in the final 32 seconds of the first half when Erickson returned a punt for 52 yards to Stephen F. Austin’s 27 yard line. Then on the next play, Rutherford hit Battle for another 27-yard touchdown with six seconds left in the opening half. Johnson added the extra point as the Bobcats took a 21-10 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Texas State extended its lead when Rutherford hit Harper for a 71-yard touchdown pass to give the Bobcats a 28-10 lead after Johnson’s extra point.

But the Lumberjacks came storming back with 16 unanswered points to get back into contention. First, Graly Crawford returned a kickoff for 100-yards and after Jordan Wiggs kicked a 22-yard field goal, Josh Aubrey intercepted Rutherford’s pass and returned it 49 yards for the touchdown with 4:22 left to play.

The Lumberjacks went for a two-point conversion to tie the score, but Brady Attaway’s pass to Crawford sailed wide.

With Texas State leading 28-26, the Bobcats answered with a 72-yard touchdown drive that was capped when Rutherford ran for a 22-yard TD. Johnson added the extra point to make the final score 35-26.

The victory was Texas State’s second straight victory this season and improves its overall record to 2-2 heading into next Saturday’s home game against Nicholls that kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats and Colonels will play in their annual “Battle for the Paddle” game at Bobcat Stadium. Texas State will be looking to avenge last year’s 47-45 loss in quadruple overtime after winning two straight games against the Colonels.

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4 thoughts on “Bobcats beat SFA, 35-26

  1. This was a great game, and the offense really started to look like things were clicking for them. Looking forward to the final “Battle for the Paddle,” this Saturday.

    We almost sold out the last game, and it looks like we’re getting close again, but there are still some tickets left. Support our local team and have a great time. It absolutely beats watching any game on TV.

  2. Sure is looking like a sellout tommrrow, for the final Battle for the Paddle. The TXST ticketing site lists about 3,460 seats remaining, including what’s left of the student/general admission side.

    Tickets are cheap. The weather looks like it will be awesome. Nothing says Fall in Texas, like college football. Come on out and make some noise for your local team!

  3. Word on the street (and in some Louisiana rag) is that Nicholls State won’t be bringing the paddle!

    For those who don’t know, during the flood of 1998, we started playing for a paddle, when someone joked that the only way in or out, was by boat, which wasn’t far from the truth.

    San Marcos flooded, and that paddle belongs in this city! This is a great opportunity to get out of the house, and show your support for San Marcos and the Bobcats!

    Go to the game, and make a TON of noise, so those guys know this is our house, and they have something that belongs to us! That’s a piece of our history!

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