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November 22nd, 2010
Bobcats lose football finale, fall to 4-7


A football season that began with promise ended with another loss for Texas State, which fell, 31-29, at Sam Houston State Saturday.

The Bobcats finish the season 4-7 overall and 1-6 in the Southland Conference for last place. Texas State lost six of its last seven games.

Texas State had a chance to put the game into overtime after a four-yard touchdown pass from Tim Hawkins to Karrington Bush on the last play of the game brought the Bobcats within 31-29. However, Hawkins threw incomplete for an attempted two-point conversion and the game ended in another Texas State loss.

The Bobcats and Sam Houston State each gained 368 total yards, but the Bobcats gained much of their yardage after they fell behind, 28-9, in the third quarter.

Sam Houston took a 14-3 lead on a 13-yard touchdown run by Tim Flanders with 3:58 left in the first quarter. The Bobcats were never again closer than eight points until Bush’s touchdown on the final play from scrimmage.

Flanders rushed for 124 yards in 26 carries to lead the Bearkats, who finished the season 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the league.

Hawkins led the Texas State offense with 312 total yards. Hawkins completed 16 of 26 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 81 yards in 13 carries. Da’Marcus Griggs made 10 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown.

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0 thoughts on “Bobcats lose football finale, fall to 4-7

  1. Call The Pirate!

    Some other interesting names, lifted from the Sports Illustrated website:

    • Kirby Smart, Alabama (defense): Another Saban protégé, Smart will inevitably get the call at some point. Also a Georgia alum, Smart has worked for Saban at LSU, the Dolphins and now Alabama, overseeing a national championship defense. His age (34) could be a deterrent to some, but Bret Bielema, Pat Fitzgerald and Lane Kiffin were all hired in their early 30s, too.

    • Gus Malzahn, Auburn (offense): Malzahn was an incredibly successful high school coach, led one of the nation’s most productive offenses at Tulsa and is now at the helm of the SEC’s top offense. It’s only a matter of time before someone snags the noted hurry-up guru, though don’t expect him to give up control of the offensive Xs and Os wherever he goes.

    • Mark Helfrich, Oregon (offense): Though Chip Kelly is the unquestioned architect of the Ducks’ breakneck offense, Helfrich’s association with the nation’s No. 1 team and most explosive offense is sure to attract interest. Helfrich, 37, previously served under Dan Hawkins and Dirk Koetter at Boise State and Colorado and would seem a natural fit at a West Coast school.

    • Dana Holgorson, Oklahoma State (offense): The former Mike Leach protégé, hired last offseason from Houston, has engineered the nation’s most productive offense (547.5 yards per game) despite inheriting a unit that returned just four starters. Holgorson, 39, is renowned for his play-calling and ability to mix the run with the pass. Some may think he’s better suited as a coordinator.

    • Manny Diaz, Mississippi State (defense): Considered one of the top young defensive coaches in he country, Diaz, 36, spent four years at Middle Tennessee before joining Dan Mullen this season in Starkville, where he’s helped the Bulldogs produce a top 20 defense and a 7-3 record as co-coordinator. The son of Miami’s former mayor, the polished Diaz would smoothly handle the job’s media spotlight.

    • Don Treadwell, Michigan State (offense): The one-time Jim Tressel underling showed tremendous poise and leadership as the Spartans’ interim coach following boss Mark Dantonio’s late-September heart attack, keeping Michigan State on course for an 8-0 start. He’s helped boost the Spartans’ running game and turn Kirk Cousins into an efficient quarterback.

    • Mark Whipple, Miami (offense): A longtime former Division I-AA head coach at New Haven, Brown and UMass (where he won a national title), Whipple spent five years in the NFL before joining Randy Shannon’s Miami staff last season. He’s certainly got an enticing résumé and a sterling reputation among his peers and should return to the head-coaching ranks eventually.

    • Bud Foster, Virginia Tech (defense): Every year, we wonder how the Hokies’ coordinator of 15 years hasn’t yet landed a head-coaching job. This one will be no different. Virginia Tech’s young defense has struggled at times this season (ranked 37th nationally), but Foster, 51, produced the ACC’s No. 1 or 2 unit every season from 2004-09.

    Let’s get moving. UTSA already has a significant head start on us!

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