The Texas State football team had one of its best offensive performances of the year but came out just in a shootout to No. 18-ranked Louisiana Tech, 62-55 in Saturday’s at Bobcat Stadium.
Marcus Curry led the way for the Bobcats with three touchdowns.
The first half was back-and-forth between the Bobcats and high powered Bulldogs. Texas State got off to a good start, taking the opening drive right down the field, covering 75 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 12-yard option down the right sideline as Shaun Rutherford gave it to Terrence Franks who ran it in for his second touchdown of the year.
Following a quick five-play drive by La. Tech which resulted in a touchdown, Marcus Curry broke the 7-7 tie on the ensuing drive. He ran the ball straight up the middle for 55 yards to paydirt for his eighth TD of the year.
Jaifus Gaines helped the offense out on special teams, returning a kickoff as a result of a La. Tech touchdown, down to the Bulldog 35. It took Texas State just four plays to get back into the endzone, ending in a Bradley Miller 19-yard touchdown reception from Rutherford. Through the first 16 minutes of play, encompassing four drives, the Bobcats accumulated 197 yards of offense
Louisiana Tech took its first lead of the day with 7:19 to go in the second quarter. On a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Kenneth Dixon plunged straight ahead and at first glance appeared not to get in. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the official review ruled that he broke the goalline for a 28-21 lead.
One of the highlights of the night came on Texas State’s next drive when former quarterback turned wide receiver Tim Hawkins took a pitch from Rutherford and launched a 47-yard pass to Marcus Curry for the Bobcats’ fourth touchdown of the night. It briefly tied the game at 34-34 before the Bulldogs scored right before the half to take a 41-34 lead.
The fireworks continued in the second half for the Bobcats when Franks set a season-high with his second rushing touchdown of the day. He took an option pitch down the left sideline and raced 22 yards to cut the lead to 48-41.
It became a tie game on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Miller caught his second TD pass of the day from 12 yards out, making it 48-48.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats that’s as close as they would get, with the Bulldogs scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns to go ahead 62-48.
The Bobcats made one last attempt to tie the game up, scoring with 1:07 to go to cut the game to seven. Texas State attempted an onside kick but it was recovered by La. Tech, to seal the 62-55 final.
Next up for the Bobcats will be a two-game roadtrip, beginning with Navy next Saturday, Nov. 17 in Annapolis. The game will be televised on CBS College Sports at 2:30 p.m.
— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION
PHOTO by RON OSWALT