Monthly Archives: November 2008

Live from Washington Grizzly Stadium

  • Some ugly weather today, drizzling and about 40 degrees.
  • We’ll see if turnovers play into today.
  • Texas State won the toss and will receive – time to get out to a fast start.
  • Bobcats get on the board first with a 47-yard field goal from Andrew Ireland. False start to begin the drive, but Texas State moved the ball well throughout.
  • After allowing Montana to convert a long third down, the Bobcat defense locked down and forced a punt. If Texas State scores here, it could take the LOUD crowd out of the game.
  • The Bobcats fail to capitalize, they punt it away.
  • INTERCEPTION, TEXAS STATE. Morris Crosby picks the ball…Bobcat ball at their own 42-yard line.
  • TOUCHDOWN BOBCATS. 16-YARD CATCH BY CAMERON LUKE. George settles in and locks in. 10-0 TX STATE.
  • Karrington Bush fumbles. Don’t expect to see him again today.
  • The Bobcats’ defense is stepping up today, with some big stops. Every UM drive has either ended in a punt or turnover.
  • Texas State’s defense doesn’t look to good to open the second half. Two straight runs opened for 15 yards and then the secondary broke down for a 40-yard gain.
  • The Bobcats forced a 3rd-and-18, but UM quarterback Cole Bergquist rushes for a 21-yard touchdown. Texas State missed three tackles (Courtney Smith, Michael Rutlidge and Travis Houston).
  • If the Bobcats don’t come out and score on this drive, consider the momentum turned.
  • Well, the momentum has flipped. Texas State failed to score and Montana takes the ball back and scores on its next drive. The Bobcats are now down 21-10. Missed opportunities and tackles have killed Texas State today.
  • The Bobcats kick a field goal to bring it within 21-13, and stopped a second-and-10 for a 1-yard gain, but a personal foul gives Montana a first.
  • Texas State stops the Grizzlies on a third-and-7, yet, another personal foul (this time by Kenneth Hampton) gives them a first down.
  • Bobcat head coach Brad Wright grabbed Hampton by the facemask for a while when he came to the sideline.
  • Montana scores on a 1-yard touchdown run by Reynolds, giving it a 28-13 lead with 12:50 remaining in the game.
  • Texas State running back Alvin Canady coughed it up on the 3-yard line, the Grizzlies marched down the field and kicked a 37-yard field goal to open up the game, 31-13.
  • The Bobcats were outclassed by Montana in this one.

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Headed to Montana…

The next time I post on this blog, I will be in Montana. Post questions in the comments section and I’ll try to get answers for you. Safe travels for all of those making the trip.

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Three reasons why Texas State will win on Saturday…

Today, I asked Texas State head coach Brad Wright and Courtney Smith for three reasons why the team will beat Montana. Here are their responses:

Wright: “Well, I think our team thinks we can and that’s the most important thing. I think we’re going to have more speed than what they’re used to seeing. I really believe our defense is going to step up in a way that Montana doesn’t think they can. I feel that we’re a better football team than Montana gives us credit for. I’ve heard from them up there that this is just a warm-up game for next week. You know, let them overlook us.”

Smith: “Coming into this week, we’re firing on offense. We’re hungry on defense and three, we just want to play. We have nothing to lose. We don’t feel like our backs are against the wall. We just want to play.”

Sounds like the Bobcats are confident in what they will do on Saturday. The Daily Record will be there for all of your coverage needs.

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Texas State vs Montana to be televised

Here is the press release from Time Warner Cable…

The Texas State Bobcats will take on the University of Montana Grizzlies on Saturday, November 29th live on Time Warner Cable. Coverage begins at 1:00 p.m., with kickoff at 1:05 p.m. in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

A field of 16 teams from conferences such as Mid-Eastern, Ohio Valley, Big Sky and others will compete in a playoff format to become Division I champion. Texas State University – San Marcos is this year’s qualifying team from the Southland Conference.

Time Warner Cable will make the playoff game available to its Digital Cable customers living in the San Marcos, Austin, Waco, Dallas, and San Antonio areas. “We’re excited to provide Texas State fans and alumni the opportunity to see their team play live on Time Warner Cable,” said Stacy Schmitt, VP of Communications for Time Warner Cable Central Texas.

Customers in areas listed below will see the Texas State game on these channels:

Austin and San Marcos – Digital Channel 77
Waco – Digital Channel 15
Dallas Metro Sports – Channel 185
San Antonio – Digital Channel 50

A subscription to Digital Cable is required according to the company.

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The Daily Record will be in Montana

The San Marcos Daily Record will be covering the Texas State vs. Montana game in Missoula this Saturday. Be sure to send your questions for the team to Tyler Mayforth and he’ll be sure to ask them. Check in the Daily Record each day for new updates and  stories about the game.

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Live from Bowers Stadium (Texas State at Sam Houston State)

  • Texas State looks very uptight today.
  • Bobcat punt returner Drenard Williams lets a ball bounce over his head, goes back to get it, but is BLASTED by a Sam Houston State defender. FUMBLE. Bearkats recover.
  • SHSU scores on the next play. Texas State is down 7-0.
  • Bobcats go three-and-out, punt, Bearkats take over.
  • Texas State’s secondary, which looked good in the early going is starting to be tested by Bomar.
  • SHSU scores on a 25-yard touchdown pass across the middle to Trey Payne. No safety help, leading to an easy throw-and-catch to Payne.
  • Bearkats taking advantage of a weak Bobcat secondary. Bomar connects on his second touchdown pass of the day. Three missed tackles by Texas State.
  • I will be taking questions for Coach Wright following the game.
  • Good playcall by the Bobcats, George finds John Gilley wide open for a 14-yard touchdown. Gilley trucked a SHSU defender at the goalline.
  • 30-yard FG by Ireland…21-10 Bearkats
  • Ireland boots another field goal, this time from 48 yards.
  • Texas State takes some momentum going into the half, only down 21-13.
  • The Bobcats have been threatening all day to break a long kickoff return and finally they did. Karrington Bush breaks a 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
  • TEXAS STATE COMES BACK FROM 21-0 TO TIE THE GAME AT 28-ALL. 6:42 LEFT IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

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Live from Strahan Coliseum (Tx State vs. Huston Tillitson)

  • Texas State is up 41-35 with 6:00 remaining in the first half.
  • Bobcat guard John Rybak has really impressed me with his shooting so far. He began the game 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and is not afraid to let it go.
  • Texas State forward Ty Gough still seems to have the “little big man” syndrome, not wanting to go up strong to the basket, but evidently, he’s one of the strongest players on the team.
  • The Bobcats were down 2-0 without even playing a second. An administrative technical foul was called, putting the Rams to the line before the game even started.

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Possibility of home playoff games for Bobcats…

Had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Teis yesterday about the possibility of a home playoff game, should Texas State advance.  He told me the likelihood of a first round game is slim, but if the Bobcats get into the second round, the chances are higher.  Texas State made bids on all three rounds of the playoffs, so the more games it wins, the higher possibility of a home game.

It all starts Saturday for the Bobcats.  Win and their in.

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Live from Bobcat Stadium (Texas State vs. Nicholls State)

  • Very windy at Bobcat Stadium, the breeze is blowing toward the end zone complex at 24 miles per hour. Field goals will be tough today.
  • Texas State has struggled to stop the run on third down. Nicholls State has converted three on its first drive.
  • The Colonels take the early 3-0 on a 40-yard field goal. Nicholls State took 7:27 off the clock on the drive.
  • The Bobcats are running formations will all three quarterbacks in. Whenever they do, Clint Toon gets the snap and takes it on a keeper. If Texas State doesn’t change that up, Nicholls could key on it.
  • Tie game after Andrew Ireland boots a 19-yard field goal.
  • GREAT playcalling by the Bobcats to get Cameron Luke WIDE OPEN for a 26-yard touchdown pass. After two straight runs, George play-faked and found Luke all alone in the end zone. It was Luke’s 16th touchdown catch this season.
  • Looks like Wright is trying to make it up to Zwinggi with the amount of runs he’s getting. Zwinggi punches in a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 17-3.
  • Texas State limited to Nicholls State to less than three yards per carry in the first half.
  • The Bobcats rushed for 145 yards in the half.

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Big win for Texas State men’s bball team…

The Texas State men’s basketball team opened the Tip Off Classic in Hawaii with a 76-66 win against Cal State-Fullerton. Brent Benson led all scorers with 25 points, while Emmanuel Bidias A’ Moute chipped in 18.

The Bobcats held a 40-23 lead at half, while shooting 46 percent from the floor. Benson finished shooting 8-of-13 with four assists and two steals.

Texas State still struggled from the free throw line, going 26-for-40. The Bobcats missed 14 free throws, which does need to be ironed out before the season really gets going. Texas State was tormented last season by poor free throw shooting, so it will be an interesting development this season.

Regardless, it was a big win for the Bobcats and they look like they turned a corner.

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