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September 9th, 2009
Bobcats move up in football polls


A 48-28 opening win against Division II Angelo State at home helped Texas State’s football team a little bit in national rankings announced this week.

The Bobcats moved up to No. 19 in both the FCS coaches poll and The Sports Network (TSN) media poll. The Bobcats opened the season ranked 20th by the media and 21st by the coaches.

Two other Southland Conference teams remain ahead of Texas State in both polls. Central Arkansas, a 25-20 loser at Hawaii last Friday night, remained No. 12 in the FCS coaches poll and remained No. 13 in the media poll. McNeese State trailed, 24-12, through three quarters at home against Division II Henderson State Saturday before rallying to a 27-24 win. The Cowboys fell from 15th to 16th in both polls.

At the top of the poll, Richmond and Appalachian State switched spots, with Richmond taking the No. 1 ranking and Appalachian State moving down to No. 2.

Richmond scored a 24-16 win at Duke Saturday, while Appalachian State lost, 29-24, at East Carolina. Villanova, a 27-24 winner against Temple, upgraded from fifth to third in both polls.

McNeese plays at Appalachian State Saturday in a game of regional and national interest in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Texas State had no players named for player of the week honors by the Southland Conference, though one player from each category made honorable mention.

Offensive player of the week went to Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Brian Babin, a fifth-year senior who reached career highs in completions (37) and passing yards (379), while tossing for three touchdowns in a 41-7 win against Texas A&M-Commerce. Texas State quarterback Bradley George won honorable mention after completing 18 of 27 passes for 328 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against Angelo State.

Central Arkansas safety Pieri Feazell won defensive player of the week after intercepting a pass in the end zone, forcing a fumble and leading the Bears with five tackles in their loss to Hawaii. Texas State cornerback Will Thompson took an honorable mention after making an interception, a fumble recovery, two pass break-up and a tackle against Angelo State.

Special teams player of the week went to Stephen F. Austin’s Evan Engwall, a freshman kicker who hit two extra points and three field goals (46, 38 and 48 yards) in a 31-23 loss to Southern Methodist in Dallas. The 48-yard field goal was the longest for SFA since 2004. Texas State’s Daren Dillard won honorable mention after nabbing a fourth-quarter onside kick against Angelo State and running 38 yards to the end zone, giving the Bobcats a 41-21 lead.

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