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After leading at halftime, the Texas State football team missed some key scoring opportunities to score in the second half as the Bobcats fell to Nevada, 34-21, Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

Andy Erickson led the Bobcats with career-bests of eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Texas State got off to a fast start when the Bobcats took advantage of an interception by Justin Iwuji to score the first touchdown in the game. Iwuji intercepted a pass by the Wolf Pack’s Cody Fajardo on a third-and-two play from Nevada’s 33-yard line and returned it 16 yards. Five plays later, Marcus Curry scored his fourth TD run of the season on a one-yard plunge to give Texas State a 7-0 lead.

Nevada answered by driving 75 yards in 10 plays to score its first touchdown when Fajardo hit Zack Sudfeld for a nine-yard TD pass to tie the score at 7-7.

The Bobcats were driving later in the quarter following a kickoff return by Erickson to the 49-yard line. Texas State drove the ball down to Nevada’s 25-yard line before Isaiah Battle fumbled the ball and the Wolf Pack recovered at the 33-yard line.

Nevada drove to Texas State’s two-yard line before the Bobcat defense stiffened and forced the Wolf Pack to settle for a 24-yard field goal and a 10-7 lead.

The Bobcats answered following a 28-yard punt return by Erickson to take possession at Nevada’s 23-yard line. Rutherford hit Tim Gay on a two-yard shovel pass for a touchdown to give Texas State a 14-10 lead.

Texas State extended its lead to 21-10 when Rutherford hit Erickson for a 28-yard touchdown to give the junior wide receiver his first career touchdown reception.

Nevada didn’t take long to answer as Fajardo completed three of his four passes, including a two-yard TD pass to Sudfeld to make the score 21-20 at halftime.

The Wolf Pack continued their resurgence right away in the second half as Nevada went on a 91-yard drive to take a 27-21 lead after Fajardo scored on a six-yard run.

Nevada got some breathing room with just over a minute left in the third quarter when Fajardo connected with Sudfeld for a 12-yard touchdown pass to make the score 34-21.

Midway in the fourth quarter, Tyler Arndt came in to jump start Texas State’s offense and led the Bobcats down to Nevada’s 12-yard line following a personal foul penalty and a pass interference penalty against the Wolf Pack.

The Bobcats drove to Nevada’s five-yard line but came up short on a fourth-down-and-three play on their final possession.

With the loss, Texas State falls to 2-2 this season heading into a road game at New Mexico next Saturday, Oct. 6. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (Central) and the game can be heard on Texas State’s radio network.

— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION

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8 thoughts on “Bobcats let halftime lead slip away in loss to Nevada

  1. The crowd was terrible. I know that it was raining but this s-cks that nobody shows up. Again TU was out of town so all the want to be tu fans were not in Austin. Someone needs to find a way to get the students into the stadium.

  2. Yep.

    For now, that just means more tickets for anyone in town, looking for something to do.

    I had a great time, as always. We brought ponchos and didn’t even notice the rain.

    It was a tough loss. The way we played the first half, I thought we had a pretty good shot. I’m definitely looking forward to the next game, in a couple of weeks. We should match up better against Idaho.

  3. So Texas State spends millions on stadium upgrades that are hardly utilized due to lack of demand. Meanwhile Perry demands public schools be more conscious with their spending habits. I’m guessing these two issues never meet however.

  4. It just goes to show that winning cures all ailments. After the UH win, Bobcat Nation showed up and rallied behind their football team because everyone thought that this is history in the making…the next Boise State. Tech wasn’t having any of that and made sure that they played perfect football. Too bad that the Bobcats showed their true colors. Until the football team starts making winning the norm, the stadium will be half empty, as opposed to half full. I enjoyed the Nevada game, but I was disappointed how the Bobcats fell apart. I will, however, continue to attend and support our team! Eat’em up ‘Cats!

  5. Ted,

    True…but most of those were student tickets. I was alluding to the permanent San Marcos residents. That was the first time since the Barrick Nealy days that the community was really abuzz with Bobcat pride.

  6. No, they weren’t In fact, some of the last to go were student tickets. In all, I think they gave about 7,000 to students. That leaves about 26,000 non-students.

    Season ticket holders bought theirs months in advance, and were given the opportunity to buy extras, before anyone else (including students) could get any. Same goes for Bobcat Club members.

    There were reportedly less than 3,000 tickets left, by kickoff for the Houston game.

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