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College Football: Louisiana-Monroe Versus Texas State Live Blog

Here is where you can find quarter-by-quarter updates of Texas State’s game against Louisiana-Monroe.

Be sure to follow Tyler Mayforth (@smdrtyler) and Joseph Garcia (@smdrjoseph) during the game for even more news from Bobcat Stadium.

First Quarter: Louisiana-Monroe 7, Texas State 0

Play of the Quarter: The interception returned for a touchdown by Louisiana-Monroe defensive back Isaiah Newsome with the Bobcats driving was the difference in the first frame. He returned the pick 71 yards to the house.

Player of the Quarter:  Texas State punter Will Johnson pinned the Warhawks deep in their own territory three times in the first quarter, including a 56-yard boot and two inside the 20.

The Bobcats’ offense moved the ball well, but the one mistake cost them possible points. Defensively Texas State remained solid all the way around.

Second Quarter: Louisiana-Monroe 7, Texas State 0

Play of the Quarter: After a false start backed up the Warhawks from a third-and-3 from the seven to a third-and-8 from to the 12, a quarterback sack tag-teamed by Jamie Clavell-Head and Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon accounted for a 12-yard loss. A substitution infraction followed and the Warhawks missed a 47-yard field goal that ended the first half.

Player of the Quarter: Clavell-Head and Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon were co-players of the period after their huge sack seemingly changed the game’s momentum and helped keep at least three additional points off the board for the Warhawks.

The Bobcats’ defense played bend don’t break, which allowed them to keep the score close. A bad snap on a 47-yard field goal attempt ended the half and gave the Bobcats momentum heading into the locker room.

Third Quarter: Louisiana-Monroe 14, Texas State 6

Play of the Quarter: Linebacker David Mayo got this third interception of the season when the Warhawks had a third-and-2 from the nine. The pick led to Texas State’s first points of the game on a 22-yard field goal by Jason Dann.

Player of the Quarter: Texas State running back Robert Lowe helped lead the Bobcats’ drive down the field that led to a 43-yard field goal. Lowe went over 100-yards for the third time this season.

Another pick-six thrown by freshman Tyler Jones led to Dennis Franchione benching him in favor of senior Tyler Arndt, who led the Bobcats down the field to a field goal.

Fourth Quarter: Louisiana-Monroe 21, Texas State 14

Play of the Quarter: Andy Erickson’s 2-point conversion catch tied the game 14-14 with 6:01 left in the game after the Bobcats played from behind the entire night.

Player of the Quarter: With ULM driving for the go-ahead score, Texas State’s Aaron Matthews intercepted a Brayle Brown pass that put the Bobcats in position to win the game.

While Texas State had its shot to win, the Warhawks were the ones to get in done, scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run by Centarius Donald with 13 seconds left to all but seal the victory.

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College Football: Wyoming Versus Texas State Live Blog

Here is where you can find quarter-by-quarter updates of Texas State’s game against Wyoming.

Be sure to follow Tyler Mayforth (@smdrtyler) and Joseph Garcia (@smdrjoseph) during the game for even more news from Bobcat Stadium.

First Quarter: Texas State 7, Wyoming 0

Player of the Quarter: Getting his first collegiate start, true freshman Tyler Jones led the Bobcats to a touchdown on their opening drive on offense. The drive took seven plays, covered 66 yards and took 3 minutes and 18 seconds.

Play of the Quarter: On the Bobcats’ second offensive play of the game, Jones scrambled for a 38-yard run to the Cowboys’ 27 yard line. A few plays later running back Robert Lowe punched it in from the 1-yard line to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead.

Sporting a bit of a new offense, Texas State grabbed a quick 7-0 lead while all the defense did was force Wyoming to punt on its first four possessions, including back-to-back three-and-outs.

Second Quarter: Texas State 14, Wyoming 14

Player of the Quarter: Junior wide receiver Ben Ijah tied the game after hauling in a pass in the corner of the end zone after Jones placed it perfectly where only he could catch it.

Play of the Quarter: The 26-yard strike from Tyler Jones to Ijah tied the game up 14-14 with 29 second left on the clock before halftime. Ijah got two feet in bounds and the call was confirmed after replay.

Following a 3-hour and 28-minute weather delay due to lightning, play finally resumed at Bobcat Stadium with the score tied 7-7. The score remained tied at the half 14-14.

Third Quarter: Texas State 28, Wyoming 14

Player of the Quarter: No doubt Chris Nutall made his presence felt in the third quarter. He converted a huge third down before his touchdown run that put the Bobcats up by 14 points.

Play of the Quarter: Nutall gave Texas State a 28-14 lead after he busted loose for a 22-yard touchdown run where he ran over and through Cowboy defenders. He displayed his power as he pushed his way into the end zone with a swarm of bodies around him.

Texas State used the running game to take control of the game led by Nutall who netted 48 yards through the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter: Texas State 42 , Wyoming 21

Player of the Quarter: The Texas State offensive line imposed its will against the Cowboys. Nutall and Lowe each scored in the fourth to cushion the Bobcat lead. Texas State finished with 256 yards rushing for the game.

Play of the Quarter: Lowe put the exclamation point on the Bobcats’ big win over Wyoming with a 19-yard run that sent the remaining crowd in a roar.

Coach Dennis Franchione got win No. 200 in his team’s “most complete performance” of the season.

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College Volleyball: Spikers open Sun Belt competition

With Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson in town to officially welcome the entire athletic program to the conference,  Texas State opens a new chapter Friday. The Bobcats begin SBC action against Louisiana-Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum.

Texas State also squares off with SBC opponent Louisiana-Monroe at 1 p.m. Sunday, marking the first ever Sun Belt events in San Marcos.

“We’re excited because it will be Texas State’s first Sun Belt competition in any sport,” said head coach Karen Chisum.

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College Athletics: Bye-bye, Wall?

Former guard Vonn Jones had a solid season in 2012-13 for Texas State.

Vonn Jones had a solid season in 2012-13 for Texas State.

See that monstrosity behind former guard Vonn Jones? It’s days could be numbered.

In the near future, Texas State will conduct its second feasibility study on what it would take to remove The Wall from Strahan Coliseum. The Wall has been a fixture in Strahan Coliseum since it was built in 1982.

What could go in its place? Well, the Bobcats’ first study reported a five-level structure could fit in that area with a weight room, media hospitality, seating and suites included.

Current capacity of Strahan Coliseum is 7,200.

Did you know? Strahan Coliseum has only been sold out once in its history. That happened back in 1997 when NBA legend Michael Jordan visited San Marcos for an exhibition game.

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Welcome to the Sun Belt

For the second consecutive year, July 1 meant a lot to Texas State.

Twelve months ago, the Bobcats joined the Western Athletic Conference and became full-fledged members of the Football Bowl Subdivision. It was a huge step for the university after spending considerable time in the Football Championship Subdivision as well as Division II.

Just yesterday, Texas State left the WAC for the brighter future of the Sun Belt Conference. Tagging along with the Bobcats were Georgia State and UT Arlington.

On this date next year, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern join the Sun Belt as full members while Idaho and New Mexico State become football-only members.

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College Athletics: Lawsuit filed against Texas State

The family of Basil Brown II, a men’s basketball player at Texas State, filed a 36-complaint in United States District Court against the university due to mistreatment of their son and scholarship violations. Brown’s scholarship was canceled by the Bobcats as of May 15.

Those named in the complaint are the Texas State University System Board of Regents, Texas State University, Texas State University System Chairperson Donna Williams, Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall, Texas State University President Dr. Denise M. Trauth, Texas State University Director of Financial Ad and Scholarships Christopher Murr, Texas State University Director of Athletics Larry Teis, Texas State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Daniel Kaspar, Texas State University Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Rob Flaska and Texas State University Assistant Trainer Jason Karlic.

The complaint argues…

  • No proper notice of scholarship cancellation was ever sent to Basil II.
  • The NCAA does not allow scholarship cancellation at any time for athletic reasons.
  • Basil II is lawfully entitled to an appeal hearing before any scholarship funding can be cut due to cancellation of scholarship.
  • Basil II is lawfully entitled to medical bills being paid.
  • Basil II was entitled to actual books and funding for a laptop.
  • Basil II was entitled to file a complaint against the former coach without being retaliated against by TSU or the new coach.
  • It is not in Basil Brown II’s best interest to transfer to another school.

Texas State refused to pay medical bills pertaining to an injury Brown suffered during a ‘mandatory team workout’ in which a recruit was present and participating, because the university considered the injury not to be athletically related. It is an NCAA violation for a team to hold an organized practice with a recruit, as it is considered a tryout. Due to that injury, Brown had to go through ‘major surgery’ and it was exacerbated by alleged mistreatment by former head coach Doug Davalos as well as Karlic. Brown later had a second surgery seven months later.

Inside the 36-page complaint, the Brown family also stated Texas State violated three NCAA bylaws in voiding Brown’s scholarship (15.3.2.4, 15.3.4.3, 15.3.2.1). Texas State’s Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships failed to mail — and sign — a notice of Brown’s cancellation (15.3.2.4), a scholarship can’t be voided due to athletic reasons (15.3.4.3) and no cancellation of a scholarship can happen until Brown had a chance to appeal the decision (15.3.2.1).

Brown is 22 hours from graduating with a degree in accounting.

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College Athletics: A sunny rebranding

“Together We Rise” is the new mantra for the Sun Belt Conference after its recent rebranding.

On Sunday, the Sun Belt unveiled its logo and mantra to the public. It worked with SME, Inc. throughout the process.

Take a look at the new logo.

Looks a little bit like Frost Bank’s logo, no?

Those blue rays of the sun stand for different traits the Sun Belt felt its conference is molded by: adventurous, ambitious, authentic and loyal.

In comparison, here is what the old logo looked like.

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College Athletics: Ready for the next level?

How did Texas State’s only season in the Western Athletic Conference turn out?

While the Bobcat baseball team still has the WAC Tournament this week, each program — including Ty Harrington’s bunch — wrapped up its regular season.

Here is a look at how Texas State did in its final season against a schedule full of Southland Conference opponents versus those in the WAC.

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College Athletics: Revenue report

USA Today put out a comprehensive list of how much revenue 228 athletic programs pulled in last year.

Are you curious about how Texas State did compared to others? Well, you’re in luck.

Texas State hauled in a revenue stream of $26.8 million in 2012, good enough for 84th in the nation. That number put the Bobcats second among teams in the Western Athletic Conference (New Mexico State fell in at 77th) and first in the Sun Belt Conference (their new league come July 1).

Nearly half of the Bobcats’ revenue came from student fees ($13 million).

Ticket sales amassed $682,454, compared to $509,629 from the previous calendar year. That amount was the largest since 2006, when the Bobcats sold $557,796 worth of game passes.

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College Athletics: First WAC team title for Texas State

Members of the Texas State women's indoor track and field team pose with the trophy (Photo courtesy of Twitter).

Members of the Texas State women’s Indoor Track and Field Team pose with the team trophy from the WAC meet (Courtesy of Twitter).

Texas State finally got its hands on a team title in the Western Athletic Conference thanks to the women’s indoor track and field team.

Last weekend, the Bobcats traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. for the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Texas State returned with 10 medals (three gold, three silver and six bronze) and most importantly, the biggest honor available.

This was the Bobcats’ first indoor track and field title since 2007, when they were in the Southland Conference.

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