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The Texas State football team will play its first Western Athletic Conference game when the Bobcats return home to play Idaho in their annual homecoming game on Saturday.

Series Quick Facts

Texas State enters this Saturday’s game looking to win its second straight game against the Vandals and to improve its overall series record to 2-3 on Saturday. The series began in 1990 and a combined six points decided the first two contests. Idaho edged Texas State 38-35 in the first meeting on Sept. 8, 1990 in San Marcos and 41-38 in Moscow on Sept. 14, 1991. The Bobcats also suffered a 66-38 loss against the Vandals in Moscow, Idaho on Sept. 11, 1993 before defeating the Vandals 27-21 on Sept. 28, 1996 in Bobcat Stadium.

The Teams

Texas State: Texas State enters the game looking to even its record to 3-3 this season after suffering a 35-14 loss at New Mexico on Oct. 6 and a 34-21 loss against Nevada on Sept. 29 in San Marcos. The Bobcats opened the season with a 30-13 victory at Houston on Sept. 1 and defeated Stephen F. Austin 41-37 after falling to Texas Tech in their home opener this season.

Idaho: The Vandals enter Saturday’s contest looking to win its second straight game after the Vandals opened their WAC schedule with a 26-18 win against New Mexico State last Saturday. Idaho is tied atop the WAC standings with UTSA as both teams enter the weekend with 1-0 league records. The win over New Mexico State allowed the Vandals to snap an eight-game losing streak that began in 2011 and improve to 1-5 overall.

What’s Next

Following Saturday’s game, Texas State will have an off week before playing two straight Western Athletic Conference Road games at San Jose State on Oct. 27 and Utah State on Nov. 3. Texas State’s next home game will be on Nov. 10 when the Bobcats play host to Louisiana Tech. The kickoff time for the Louisiana Tech game will be announced later.

The Bobcats enter Saturday’s game against Idaho with an all-time record of 43-31-1 in their annual homecoming game, but have not notched a homecoming victory since beating Stephen F. Austin in 2009. Last year, the Bobcats only lost two home games and have an all-time home game record of 108-77.

Texas State, which has an all-time record of 493-411-26 since it began playing football in 1904, is playing its first season as a member of a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference in 2012 after announcing that it was moving to the FBS ranks in 2010.

The Bobcats are in the Western Athletic Conference in 2012 before moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. Texas State is eligible to play in a bowl game in 2012 depending on certain criteria. Texas State won two NCAA Division II national championships in 1981 and 1982. The Bobcats moved to the Division I FCS subdivision in 1984 and was a member of the Southland Conference from 1987-2010. Texas State played as an Independent in 2011.

If they beat Idaho, this will be Texas State’s second victory over an FBS team in the last decade. In the 2012 season opener, won a thrilling 30-13 victory at the University of Houston. The Bobcats’ overall FBS record is 4-19.

If you go …

Tickets to the Idaho game are available for purchase online at www.txstatebobcats.com/tickets or by calling the ticket office at 512-245-2272. Costs for each reserved ticket begin at $9. Questions regarding ticket prices and availability can be directed to gametickets@txstate.edu.

The Bobcat Club has limited parking remaining on the West side of the football stadium. Each space in this area requires a $500 donation to the Bobcat Club.  At the Bronze Level, benefits include a parking pass, two meal tickets for a pre-game meal in the Sac N Pac room catered by Texas Roadhouse among other benefits for all home football games.

Watch and listen

The game will be shown on ESPN3 and the Altitude Network. It will be played at Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium and kick off at 6:07 p.m.

It can also be heard live on ESPN Austin (1260 AM) in the Austin area, on KTSW (89.9 FM) and KZOS (92.5 FM) in San Marcos and KLUP (930 AM) in San Antonio. Brant Freeman serves as the play-by-play announcer and Bill Culhane serves as the color analyst. The broadcast begins with a one-hour pre-game show and concludes with a 15-minute post-game show. In addition to those areas, Bobcat fans can also listen to the game on the internet by logging on to the Texas State Athletics website, www.txstatebobcats.com.

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One thought on “Bobcats face Idaho in first WAC game

  1. Looking forward to what ought to be a good matchup, in a great stadium. I heard EA sports will be there, recording audio of the crowd. Come on out and make some noise!

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