We’re here at Bobcat Stadium for the important tilt between Texas State and Western Kentucky. Whichever team wins today will be one step closer to representing the Sun Belt Conference in an at-large bowl.
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First Quarter: Texas State 0, Western Kentucky 0
Play of the Quarter:
With WKU going for it on fourth-and-1, junior defensive back Colby Targun sprinted into the Hilltopper backfield and tackled running back Antonio Andrews for a two-yard loss, giving the Bobcats the ball back over on downs.
Player of the Quarter:
Targun had two big hits and timely pass breakup during the first quarter to help hold WKU to no points.
Rushing Comparison: Texas State 6-7, Western Kentucky 7-30
The Bobcat defense was put in precarious situations throughout the period with Tyler Arndt throwing two interceptions. Texas State held tough to keep the Hilltoppers off the board.
Second Quarter: Western Kentucky 17, Texas State 7
Play of the Quarter: Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews went untouched for a 47-yard touchdown to put the Hilltoppers up 16-0. The point after made it 17-0.
Player of the Quarter: By the end of the half WKU running back Andrews gained 112 yards, scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter.
Turnover Battle: Western Kentucky 0, Texas State 4
Texas State struggled on offense to say the least. With Tyler Arndt throwing three first-half interceptions, injured Tyler Jones (hand) went in and led a drive that finally resulted in a 6-yard TD pass.
Third Quarter: Western Kentucky 17, Texas State 7
Play of the Quarter:
Texas State place kicker Jason Dann missed a 40-yard field goal that would have made the score 17-10. Dann previously made nine-straight field goals.
Player of the Quarter: Texas State tight end Bradley Miller caught four passes from Tyler Jones for 30 yards in the third period.
QB Comparison: WKU – Brandon Doughty 19-30-132-0-0, Texas State – Tyler Jones 12-21-95-1-1.
Texas State drove into Hilltopper territory twice and came away with nothing to show. The Bobcats had their chances to close the gap, but were unable to take advantage of their opportunities.
Fourth Quarter:Western Kentucky 38, Texas State 7
Play of the Quarter: On third-and-3 Andrews ran around the right side of the Hilltoppers, busting out for a 33-yard touchdown.
Player of the Quarter: WKU running back Leon Allen opened the fourth quarter with 15 yards and a touchdown, but Andrews showed why he is one of the nation’s top rushers. He finished the game with 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Total Offense: Western Kentucky 78-473, Texas State 59-130
Opportunities were there for the Bobcats throughout the 38-7 loss to Western Kentucky, but five turnovers and just 130 yards of total offense closed the door shut on Texas State’s quest for win number seven.