Two days after joining the Western Athletic Conference, the Texas State football team took a Southland Conference beating Saturday at McNeese State.
Two big plays in the second quarter told the story as McNeese State claimed a 36-6 victory.
The Bobcats fell to 4-6 overall, losing their chance for a third consecutive winning season. Texas State is 1-5 in the Southland Conference. McNeese kept alive its chance to win the Southland Conference, improving to 5-1 overall and 6-4 in the league.
McNeese and Stephen F. Austin (SFA), which notched a 51-14 win against Southeastern Louisiana Saturday, remain tied for first in the league at 5-1. Northwestern State fell to 4-2 with a 27-7 loss to Nicholls. SFA would claim the title with a win next Saturday against Northwestern State. If SFA loses and McNeese defeats Central Arkansas, then McNeese would win the league.
The Bobcats still had a chance Saturday when Daren Dillard caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Tim Hawkins to bring them within 9-6 with 7:15 left in the first half. However, the Bobcats missed the point after. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Bernardo Henry took it back 87 yards for a touchdown to give McNeese a 16-6 lead. Four minutes later, Malcom Bronson took an interception back 74 yards for a touchdown, increasing the McNeese lead to 22-6.
The Bobcats ended the game with 235 total yards, including only 65 rushing yards. Frank Reddic led the Texas State ground game wiith 30 yards in 10 carries. Hawkins completed 13 of 25 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
The Bobcats gave up 295 rushing yards out of 372 total yards. Andre Anderson led McNeese with 170 rushing yards in 18 attempts. Anderson has three straight 100-yard rushing games for a total of 441 yards.
Texas State will finish the season next Saturday at Sam Houston State.