Monthly Archives: November 2011

College Volleyball: No Surprise For Texas State

Guess where Texas State is headed to play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

If you said ‘Austin,’ you’d be correct.

The Bobcats open play Friday night inside Gregory Gym on the campus of the University of Texas. Texas State, a No. 4 seed, will play the top-ranked Longhorns at 7 p.m.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

May your Thanksgiving be blessed with great food and warm hearts.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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College Athletics: Texas State Keeps Winning

Even though Texas State didn’t fare too well in football, the Bobcats’ other programs have been holding their own.

Since April, Texas State has won Southland Conference championships in baseball, softball, women’s soccer and most recently, volleyball.

The Bobcats won the 2011 SLC volleyball title Sunday afternoon after defeating Texas-San Antonio. Texas State will learn its fate next Sunday at 5 p.m. when the field is announced for the NCAA Tournament.

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College Football: How Mayforth Voted (Week 13)

Meant to go back in and edit my ballot for this week, but once I clicked submit, there was no turning back. Wanted to flip Northern Iowa and North Dakota State, but other than that, I was pleased with it.

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College Football: Post-Game Thoughts (Sam Houston State Edition)

Texas State played its sixth — and final — ‘What If?’ game of the 2011 season Saturday afternoon.

In the season opener against Texas Tech (a 50-10 loss), the Bobcats had to think “What if junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford didn’t fumble inside the 20-yard line?”

Then the following week against Wyoming (a 45-10 loss), Texas State pondered, “What if we just stayed home instead of not showing up in Laramie?”

The Bobcats rested their weary minds during a five-game win streak, but resumed picking their brains following consecutive losses to Southeastern Louisiana (38-28) and Northwestern State (23-10).

A victory over Prairie View A&M allowed a short respite, then two more losses to Central Arkansas (23-22) and now Sam Houston State crushed Texas State’s spirits.

In each loss, the Bobcats had a chance and Saturday’s 36-14 defeat at the hands of the Bearkats wasn’t any different. Texas State fell behind early (17-0), closed Sam Houston State’s lead to three points (17-14), but couldn’t swing the momentum any further after three second-half miscues (two fumbles, one blocked field goal).

Some felt the 48-yard field goal shouldn’t have been attempted, especially with the Bobcats driving into the wind, trailing by 12. One play earlier, Texas State chose to run a draw on third-and-11, facing eight men in the box despite spreading the field.

It wasn’t the redirected kick that killed the Bobcats, rather a fumble by sophomore quarterback Tyler Arndt following a heads-up interception by sophomore defensive tackle Jamie Clavell-Head. Once Arndt put the ball on the ground, any hope Texas State had to come back evaporated two plays later when Sam Houston State sophomore running back Tim Flanders punched in a 2-yard run.

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

That is Bobcat Stadium, where Texas State is 4-1 in 2011

Texas State wraps up its season this afternoon with its biggest test since Texas Tech. The Bobcats host second-ranked Sam Houston State inside Bobcat Stadium, when Dennis Franchione’s team is 4-1 in 2011.

The Bearkats present a tough task for Texas State because they are sound on both sides of the ball. Sam Houston State features sophomore running back Tim Flanders (1,066 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns) and the top-ranked scoring and rush defense in the nation.

With a win, the Bobcats would improve to 7-5 and ruin the Bearkats’ perfect season. A loss would give Texas State four losses in its final five games.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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College Football: How one senior feels

Here is what Texas State senior right guard D.J. Hall told me this week leading up to his final game with the Bobcats.

“This is my last week wearing this uniform. It leaves a hollow space in my heart.”

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Bobcat Live Chat (1 p.m.) — Completed

Welcome to the Bobcat Live Chat.

Join us as we touch on the upcoming match-up between Texas State and Sam Houston State, as well as any odds and ends chatters would enjoy to talk about. The Bobcats and Bearkats kick off Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. inside Bobcat Stadium.

With a win, Texas State would finish the season with a winning record at 7-5. A loss would leave the Bobcats thinking ‘What if,’ as they would have lost four out of their final five games.

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How About A Bobcat Live Chat?

Got a question from TheRevSWT in a recent thread asking me if I was going to hold a Bobcat Live Chat this week. I say, ‘Why not?’

We’ll hold it tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. on this here blog.

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College Football: A Candid Interview With Soph. Quarterback Tyler Arndt

Spoke with sophomore quarterback Tyler Arndt after practice Tuesday afternoon. Arndt split time with junior slashback Tim Hawkins in a 23-22 loss at Central Arkansas and has seen his playing time steadily increase with junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford on the shelf with a shoulder injury.

Here is what Arndt had to say about a number of topics.

On his performance in Saturday’s loss to the Bears — “It was all right. When it came down to make a big play, I missed the receiver and you can’t do those things. Throughout the game I felt good. I made some big-time throws and that’s good. Receivers hung in there and Cody [Matthews] gave that extra effort on his touchdown [15-yard catch]. That’s what we need in those types of games.”

On his interception with Texas State trying to get into range for freshman kicker Will Johnson — “You read it off the corner and the corner stuck down on the route we had down there, so I tried to throw the corner route to Brad [Miller] and left it a little behind him, and the safety was there and picked it off.”

On how difficult it was to get into a rhythm while substituting with Hawkins — “Yeah, it was tough. That’s the coaches’ decision, so you can’t do anything about that. You’d like to get into a rhythm and get the defense guessing. It seemed like we didn’t do enough of that.”

On how the offense can get its rushing attack going again — “The biggest thing is trying to keep them off-balance. You need to hit some passes, then try to run it and go back and forth. That’s the big key. You don’t want to show them too many tendencies on offense. Hopefully we can do that this Saturday.”

On his future with the program (there has been a lot of speculation about his role diminishing next season with the addition of two quarterbacks to the roster) — “I’m not going to comment on that one.”

Arndt spent Tuesday’s practice with the first-string offense, while Hawkins joined the backups. Rutherford still didn’t practice, but held on field goals for Johnson.

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