Monthly Archives: October 2011

College Football: How Mayforth Voted (Week 10)

Click below to see how Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth voted in The Sports Network FCS Top 25.

North Dakota State remained at No. 1, with Sam Houston State at No. 2.

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College Football: It’s Game Day (Northwestern State Edition)

Texas State returns home to Bobcat Stadium this afternoon for a Homecoming game against Northwestern State. The Bobcats and Demons met last year on Homecoming, with Northwestern State dominating all phases of the game en route to a 16-3 win.

A win today for Texas State relies on its ability to adapt. The Demons have a tremendous run defense, which will force the Bobcats to pass more than they would like.

Junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford will need to rise to the occasion if Texas State is to win this one.

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College Football: Another Honor For Franks

Redshirt freshman Terrence Franks’ tremendous week continues to get better.

After rushing for 234 yards last Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana, Franks was honored by The Sports Network as the Freshman of the Week. A few days later, Franks was named National FCS Running Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Franks and his teammates face Northwestern State tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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Bobcat Mailbag: Northwestern State Edition

In lieu of the Bobcat Live Chat, here is an open thread for questions about Texas State’s upcoming game with Northwestern State, and life in general.

Leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get to it.

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College Football: Claude Mathis on Terrence Franks

Got a chance to speak with former Texas State running back Claude Mathis last night. Mathis, who is now the head football coach at DeSoto High School, is at the top of the Bobcats’ record books in many regards, including career rushing (4,694 yards), rushing touchdowns (45) and single-game yardage (310 yards).

Here is what Mathis had to say about redshirt freshman Terrence Franks’ rushing performance last Saturday night, among other things. Franks rushed for 234 yards against Southeastern Louisiana.

On what it takes for a running back to have that kind of night — “You have to be in the right mentality that night, thinking that you’re going to dominate the game. It also really helps to have a strong offensive line, because without them, you’d go nowhere. When I ran for 310, I broke some really long runs, so you definitely need to hit a few big gains in there.”

On if fatigue got to him during his record-breaking night — “It didn’t, because I was so excited that we were winning the game. The next day I was kind of sore, but when I did it, winning outweighed everything.”

On how big it is for a [redshirt] freshman to have that kind of night — “It’s special. That’s the only way I can put it.”

On how long it will take for any of his records to be broken — “As much as I would love to always have those, they’re going to be broken one day. I would just want to shake the hand of the guy that breaks my single-game record, because 310 is a lot of yards.”

Note: Mathis will be inducted into the “T” Association Hall of Honor in the upcoming class.

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College Football: Franks Among Select Company

Redshirt freshman running back Terrence Franks had a career night last Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. Franks rushed for 234 yards, which was the eighth-most for a single game in school history, and most since 2003.

Here is a list of top rushing performances in Texas State history. Former running back Claude Mathis had a pretty big impact in the realm of Texas State sports, didn’t he?

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College Athletics: Bobcat Stadium Construction Update

Here is an updated picture of what the construction looks like at Bobcat Stadium. As you can see, crews are moving along quickly.

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College Football: How Mayforth Voted (Week 9)

Click below to see how Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth voted in The Sports Network FCS Top 25.

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College Football: Quotables From Sunday’s Practice (10-23 Edition)

Head coach Dennis Franchione on the game with Southeastern Louisiana — “My fear was that we might have to win a scoring contest with them, because of their ability to put up points. If you get some turnovers, it probably happens, but when you don’t get anything and have two yourself, then it makes it hard. The turnover on the kickoff return puts it from a seven- to 10-point deficit and that’s a little, different animal to deal with. We had been trading sevens, but the 10 in the second half made it a bit different. We were still OK, but it’s still on the road and it impacts you a little bit.”

Franchione on needing to outscore someone — “That’s never going to be our cup of tea. We have to have a game where our offense and defense complement each other better. Last night our defense was reeling a bit at times. The last few weeks we’ve been the type of team to get somebody else out of rhythm, but this week it turned on us.”

Redshirt freshman Terrence Franks on his huge night (234 rushing yards) — “I just kept running the ball. I had to fight through cramps and everything. Marcus [Curry] was out, so we needed somebody to step up, so I just kept running the ball. The line was blocking well and I just kept going.”

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College Football: Post-Game Thoughts (Southeastern Louisiana Edition)

  • Texas State was outplayed Saturday night in Hammond, La. The Bobcats stayed with Southeastern Louisiana for 30 minutes, but were outscored 10-0 in the third quarter, which provided the difference in a 38-28 loss.
  • Want to know how hell-bent Texas State is on running the ball? Once the Bobcats got down by 10 points with 9 minutes, 53 seconds remaining in the third quarter, until they were FORCED to pass (six minutes left in the game, down by 10), head coach Dennis Franchione called 15 rushes (one went for a 74-yard touchdown) compared to five passes. Texas State’s final 12 plays were passes, which netted 42 yards (29 of which came on a completion to junior tight end Chase Harper).
  • Junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford finished the game completing 12-of-21 passes for 172 yards a touchdown. Seventy-five of those yards came from a long touchdown pass to senior Darius Bolden, and six of Rutherford’s final nine passes were incomplete.
  • Redshirt freshman running back Terrence Franks was sublime Saturday night, rushing for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Franks finished 76 yard shy of a single-game school record set in 1996 by Claude Mathis (310 yards).

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