Following the thrilling five-set win against Stephen F. Austin by the Texas State volleyball team, a member of the Athletic Department told me to strap on my seatbelt for a ride this weekend. Beginning tonight, with the volleyball team’s win against the Lady Jacks, all the Bobcat teams have a chance to do something special.
- The volleyball team moved one step closer to winning the Southland Conference regular season championship, outright for the first time in a while.
- If the women’s soccer team wins on Friday night, it can be in sole possession of first place in the SLC.
- If the football team wins on Saturday against Northwestern State, it will hold first place in the SLC, after being picked to finish fifth preseason.
Well, I’m back after a short vacation. I went home to see Game 3 of the World Series (Go Phillies) and got a text midway through that Texas State trounced Stephen F. Austin 62-21. I had to recheck my eyes for a second, but sure enough, it was right there. I looked at the stats today, and wow, the Bobcats really played a complete game.
- Texas State scored on 10 of its first 11 drives.
- The Bobcats scored a team record 62 points, breaking the previous mark by a touchdown.
- Cameron Luke broke the Southland Conference record for most touchdown catches by a receiver.
- Mishak Rivas continues to be a big-game player, reeling in seven catches for 177 yards.
- Karrington Bush once again averaged better than 10 yards per carry after the Texas State offensive line dominated in the trenches.
- The Bobcats sacked Jeremy Moses three times.
- Texas State converted 8-of-15 third downs.
- The Bobcats gained 678 yards of total offense. You read that correctly, 678 yards.
Here’s a look at the comebacks Stephen F. Austin has had this season, so far:
- October 18 – Rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Nicholls State 50-39. That’s a 30-point swing.
- October 4 – Rallied from a 28-point deficit IN THE SECOND HALF to stun Southeastern Louisiana. Jeremy Moses passed for 319 yards and four touchdowns.
Chances are, if Texas State doesn’t put them away early on Saturday, the Lumberjacks could make it interesting near the end.
Running backs: C
Wide receivers: B+
Offensive line: C
Defensive line: D
Special teams: C
Will expand more on these tomorrow. Your thoughts on the game and the grades?
- Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown passed for a season-low 163 yards, yet completed 18-of-22 passes.
- Word is, there have been 30-of-32 teams in the NFL which sent scouts to see Brown this season. The Carolina Panthers were the 30th on Saturday.
- The Bears dominated the time of possession battle, racking up 37:02.
- Texas State only converted 1-of-7 third downs. Can’t expect to move the ball well when you can’t get a fresh set of downs.
- The Bobcats were bullied for 231 rushing yards, while they only rushed for 131.
- Texas State was o-for-2 when trying to convert fourth downs, UCA was 3-for-3.
- Bradley George was the Bobcats’ second-leading rushed with 30 yards. The offensive line did a poor job of opening holes for Karrington and Co.
- Cameron Luke needs one touchdown to tie his single-season record.
- UCA opened the half with a 21-yard reverse, but Travis Houston sacked Brown on the next play to nullify the gain.
- Texas State’s defense looks stronger in the second half, forcing the Bears to punt.
- UCA is really running the ball well, with the offensive line getting a big push off the bat.
- The Bears miss a 27-yard FG that would have put them up 24-14.
- FIELD GOAL TEXAS STATE. 35-YD FG to bring the Bobcats within four, 21-17.
- UCA misses a 33-yard FG. Imagine what would happen if Texas State faced a team with a kicker.
- Karrington Bush fumbles, giving UCA ideal field position at the Texas State 8-yard line.
- Two players later, the Bears ice it.
Beautiful homecoming day here in San Marcos. Just a few clouds in the sky and the temperature is hovering around 80 degrees. Will today be an offensive shootout or will a defense step up and take control of the game?
Check back in for updates throughout the game. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
- Texas State is starting out trying to establish the run. So far, the Central Arkansas defense is stepping up the challenge.
- Bear quarterback Nathan Brown gains 11 yards on a QB draw on 2nd-and-12. The Bobcats need to figure out how to stop a running QB.
- UCA gains a first down on 4th-and-1 with a seven-yard run.
- TOUCHDOWN UCA. 7-yard TD run by Leonard Ceaser. 7-0 Bears.
- Bradley George looks more decisive running the option. He made a good pitch to Karrington Bush for a 15-yard gain.
- There is a scout from the Carolina Panthers in the press box — probably looking at Brown, Luke and George.
- TOUCHDOWN UCA. 31-yard TD pass to Landers from Brown. Texas State blitzed from the right side and were left vulnerable on the wide receiver screen on the left. 14-0 Bears.
- TOUCHDOWN TEXAS STATE. 7-yard run by Stan Zwinggi. Set up by a beautiful run-and-catch by Mishak Rivas.
- Will Thompson is back in at corner for Texas State.
- TOUCHDOWN UCA. 1-yard TD run by Brent Grimes. The Bears are really running the ball well against the Bobcats. 21-7 UCA.
- TOUCHDOWN TEXAS STATE. 18-yard TD pass from George to Luke. It was a four-play, 47-yard drive that lasted 47 seconds. 21-14 UCA.
- Luke is one receiving touchdown shy of tying the single season school record.
Q: Is it more important to win the game against UCA or avoid another let down?
A: I think it’s more important to win. I think we need to be 2-0. We’re going in thinking we’re going to win, but right now, we’re 1-0, period. We’re here to win a conference championship.
Q: What did it feel like going into McNeese and pulling out the win?
A: Any time you get a lead like we did against a team like McNeese, it feels good. We score points, but I think we executed well. We have to give ourselves a little bit of credit. Our O-line played phenomenal last week against one of the quickest defenses we’ll see.
Q: While looking at tape of Central Arkansas, what do you think of Larry Hart (DE)?
A: From what I’ve seen, he’s the best defensive end I’ve seen on film so far this year. He’s probably all-conference or All-America. I don’t know his numbers or his stats, but he’s real good and they have a solid defensive line around him.
Here are the two quotes from Texas State head coach Brad Wright that sparked Randy Stevens’ column in Tuesday’s issue.
Following the 45-42 upset of third-ranked McNeese State. Wright was asked on the postgame interview about how his defense played: “Well, it’s one of those deals where you can tell Tyler Mayforth as much as you want our guys are learning this system and they’re getting better at it, and he can knock us in the paper, he can make us sound like the worst coaching staff and we have the worst players, but we won this football game because of our defense.”
During the media luncheon with Tyler Mayforth, Bill Peterson (San Marcos Mercury) and Pat Turner (San Antonio Express-News). Wright was asked a question about how George has come along this season and how the quarterback kept his head held high: “…You can’t be negative. That’s why I don’t like Tyler and the way he writes and I don’t like Randy Stevens and the way that they write. It tears down what you’re trying to build and they have no idea what it takes to build a team, the day-to-day running of a team, even though ‘what’s-his-name’ said he played football in high school, which means nothing obviously. But uh, you know there’s a lot of work that goes into making a football team successful and turning around a couple of decades of losing and negative press is one of those things that if it continues, I mean, I don’t read the paper, and I don’t know 10 people who do, but I hear it from people and that’s something we need to shield our kids from too. That’s probably going to be the next step, if it doesn’t stop. We just won’t talk to the press. We know when we do bad, we know when we do well, but we need to understand what it takes to be successful and like I said, there are two decades of not doing well around here. It’s a culture of losing, surrounded by the press, to the fans. They don’t know how to handle success. They don’t know how to handle what it takes to be successful. That’s part of our job as coaches is to help them understand it.”