Texas State might be a big party school, but its football team mixed itself a dangerous cocktail last Saturday in a 21-14 loss to Louisiana-Monroe.
For starters, the Bobcats tossed an inconsistent offense in the glass. Although Texas State put up 358 yards of total offense, it only found the end zone once thanks to a short field and punted nine times.
Then the Bobcats added 156 yards from 15 penalties, including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct infraction by senior wide receiver Andy Erickson that effectively stalled a promising drive. Erickson was subsequently ejected from the game.
Don’t forget about the ice cubes, which were two first-half interceptions returned for touchdowns by ULM safety Isaiah Newsome.
For a little garnish, Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione went back to the locker room with all three timeouts in his pocket. Franchione said after the game he wanted to save the timeouts to “ice the kicker” three consecutive times, which is supposedly legal in college football.
Whether you like it or not, the Bobcats are now 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the Sun Belt Conference. Texas State can get back in the win column Saturday night when it hosts Georgia State, a team that has yet to win a game in 2013.
Player of the Game: Robert Lowe
Vitals: 22 carries for 140 yards and one touchdown
Reason: Lowe is a special running back and has been a workhorse for the Bobcats all season long. When Texas State needed a spark from its offense, Lowe provided it with several, slashing long runs in the second half. It was the second game this season that Lowe carried the ball more than 20 times and each time the sophomore provided the Bobcats with a career high.
It Was Over When: ULM running back Centarius Donald scored on a 10-yard run with 18 seconds left to give his team a 21-14 lead.
Reason: Donald worked for every yard on his touchdown jaunt and drove a stake in Texas State’s heart once he crossed the goal line. There was no way that the Bobcats’ offense would drive more than 70 yards in less than 20 seconds to tie the game.