The Texas State football team ended its season today with a loss to the University of Montana on the road in the NCAA FCS First Round Playoffs, 31-13. The Bobcats came out strong in the first, but were unable to stop the Grizzly offense enough to win the game. The Bobcats finish their season 8-5, 5-2 SLC, losing just their second road game of the season snapping a five game road win streak.The Bobcats made their second appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in the last four years this afternoon when they faced the Montana Grizzlies at Washington Grizzly Stadium/Jim Hoyt Field in Missoula, Mt.
After going 11 plays for 47 yards, Texas State got on the board first with a 47-yard field goal by Andrew Ireland, with 10:51 left to go in the first.
Bobcat defensive back Morris Crosby intercepted the ball at the Texas State 34 yard line for an eight yard return. The interception is his fourth of the season.
Crosby’s interception led to a 16 yard touchdown catch by Cameron Luke from quarterback Bradley George with 4:33 left to go in the first. The score gave the Bobcats a 10-0 advantage after an Ireland PAT was good.
Defensive back Drenard Williams was credited with a pass break-up with 1:15 to go in the first to force the Grizzlies to punt and give the Bobcats the ball at the Grizzlies 39-yard line. The Bobcats lost the ball on the next play after running back Karrington Bush fumbled the ball and Montana’s Jace Palmer came up with the recovery.
On the next series the Bobcat defense held Montana on downs when the Grizzlies went for it on fourth and one. The Bobcats forced a fumble, which led to a Grizzly recovery. The ball was recovered short of the first down and the Bobcats took over at the five yard line.
With Texas State at third and one on its own 14 yard line, Stan Zwinggi sprung for a 22 yard run and a first down.
Three drives later Montana added seven points to the scoreboard for its first score of the afternoon after quarterback Cole Bergquist connected with for a 14-yard touchdown catch with 0:16 to go in the half.
With Montana facing a third and 18, Bergquist rushed for a 21-yard touchdown to start the third and give the Grizzlies their first lead of the game at 14-10.
The Grizzlies were able to reach the end zone on a four yard rushing touchdown by Chase Reynolds to go up 21-10 with 5:08 left in the third. Montana went eight plays for 52 yards to take the 11 point spread.
Texas State responded with a 25-yard field goal by Ireland, to cut Montana’s lead to 21-13; 3:22 on the clock.
The Bobcats were not able to put any more points on the board as the momentum shifted to the Grizzlies.
Reynolds rushed for his second touchdown of the afternoon when he had a one yard run to the end zone. The score put Montana up 28-13, with 12:50 to go in the game.
George threw his first interception of the day when Montana’s Tyler Corwin returned the ball for nine yards. On the next play Texas State’s Jamal Williams’ intercepted Bergquist’s throw in the end zone to give the Bobcats the touchback.
On the next drive George hit Luke for 11 yards and Da’ Marcus Griggs for 22 yards for back-to-back first downs. Alvin Canady rushed the ball for a loss of one at the Montana eight. Brandon Fisher recovered the fumble for the Grizzlies.
Leading all tacklers was senior linebacker Courtney Smith who had 12 stops. Sophomore linebacker Marcus Clark had a total of 11 stops. Senior defensive lineman Donovan King tallied seven tackles.
Senior running back Stan Zwinggi rushed for 61 yards in nine attempts.
Luke finished the game with five receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. He is No. 2 on both the Bobcat receiving and reception charts with 142 career receptions and 2,431 career receiving yards.
George ended the game 21 of 33, with one interception and one touchdown pass.
by Denise Thompson
Texas State Athletics