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College Football: Game Day (Idaho Edition)

Here is a look inside the Kibbie Dome (Photo via Google).

If Texas State beats Idaho this afternoon, it would do wonders for Dennis Franchione’s team. Not only would it be the Bobcats’ third consecutive win, it would make them bowl eligible for the first time in program history.

Let’s recap: Texas State, in just its second year as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision, would be bowl eligible. That doesn’t mean the Bobcats would get to go to a bowl, but it would put them amongst a select group of teams to have that chance.

All of that, however, relies on the simple fact that Texas State continues to play solid defense and expands the playbook with true freshman quarterback Tyler Jones under center.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. inside the Kibbie Dome.

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College Football: Tuesdays With Fran (Idaho Edition)

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione takes a look at the field during a recent game.

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione takes a look at the field during a recent game.

Remember when Texas State was everybody’s darling?

Last month the Bobcats throttled Wyoming and improved to 3-1 overall. No one wanted to talk about the challenge Texas State faced the next week at Louisiana-Lafayette; rather, they discussed the possibility of winning the Sun Belt Conference, possible bowl bids and nicknames for the defense.

Well, everybody saw what happened in Lafayette.

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Bobcats split with Idaho

Air Jamaica finally took off. Who knew his first runway would be in Moscow, Idaho?

Behind a monster night by junior forward Joel Wright, the Texas State men overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Idaho, 78-73. It was the Bobcats’ second consecutive win after they snapped their nine-game losing streak last Saturday.

Wright, nicknamed “Air Jamaica” from his days on the Brooklyn playgrounds, did just about everything for Texas State against the Vandals. He scored a career-high 37 points, grabbed six rebounds, notched five steals and dished five assists.

After a slow start, in which the Bobcats trailed 32-15, Doug Davalos’ team picked it up. Texas State narrowed Idaho’s lead to four by halftime and took its first advantage late in the second half (67-65) on a 3-pointer by junior guard Phil Hawkins.

Despite a late rally by the Vandals, the Bobcats held them off. Free throws down the stretch by Hawkins and Wright sealed it for Texas State.

In San Marcos, the Bobcat women started strong and faded fast — all in the comfort of the first half.

Even though it played without junior forward Ashley Ezeh for the third consecutive game, Texas State never lost a step in the first seven minutes against the Vandals. The Bobcats led 19-9 and their five-guard lineup looked strong doing so.

Then junior guard-forward Jasmine Baugus got into foul trouble and Texas State’s intensity lacked. Thirteen minutes later, the Bobcats trailed 38-24 after Idaho went on a 29-5 run.

Texas State got back within single digits in the second half, but could never swing ahead. Bobcat senior guard Diamond Ford tallied 17 of her game-high 25 points after halftime.

Both teams are back in action Saturday against Seattle University.

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College Football: Good, bad, ugly (Idaho Edition)

Texas State returned home following a disheartening 35-14 loss to New Mexico the previous week to dismantle Idaho, 38-7.

The Bobcats looked better in every facet of the game in their win over the Vandals. Plus, Texas State actually scored in the second half.

Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from last Saturday’s game.

Good

  • The Bobcats’ rushing attack — Finally, Dennis Franchione‘s team got it going on the ground. Texas State rushed for an average of 7.2 yards per carry last Saturday. The Bobcats gashed Idaho for 337 yards on 47 carries, with senior running back Marcus Curry and senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford combining for 170 on 27 with two touchdowns.
  • Texas State’s offensive line — This group had a lot to prove after its showing a few weeks ago against New Mexico. The Bobcats’ front pushed the Vandals around all night and kept Rutherford upright. Freshman tackle Adrian Bellard and sophomore Charlie Will Tuttle moved a lot of mass on the left side of the line.
  • Junior quarterback Tyler Arndt‘s heart — Franchione approached Arndt late in Saturday’s win, asking him if he’d mind letting junior quarterback Duke DeLancellotti get some snaps. Arndt said he didn’t mind. Three plays later, DeLancellotti ran in a 6-yard touchdown. As it turns out, DeLancellotti’s parents, who are from California, were in the crowd.

Bad

  • Texas State’s rush defense — If Idaho kept the ball on the ground, Craig Naivar‘s group could have been in trouble. The Vandals’ running backs (James Baker and Ryan Bass) averaged 6.5 yards per carry.

Ugly

  • Chase Harper running the opposite way on fourth down — Instead of running toward the first-down marker on fourth-and-3, Harper bounced it horizontally. Idaho stopped Harper for a 1-yard gain and the Bobcats turned it over on downs. Harper’s mistake didn’t cost Texas State too much, as its defense stopped the Vandals on the ensuing drive, got the ball back and put together a 14-play, 84-yard touchdown drive that spanned eight minutes, 33 seconds.

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College Football: Post-Game Wrap-Up (Idaho Edition)

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College Football: Game Day (Idaho Edition)

For the first time in two years, Texas State hosts a conference game at Bobcat Stadium. After spending last season as an FCS Independent, the Bobcats are official members of the Western Athletic Conference in 2012.

Texas State hosts the first-place Idaho Vandals at 6 p.m. Idaho might be 1-5, but it owns a 1-0 mark in WAC play.

The Bobcats need a win tonight as they’ve lost two consecutive games. With a tough road trip coming up, the last thing Texas State can take is another loss.

Here is our preview of the game — College Football: ‘Cats in unfamiliar territory

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Bobcat Mailbag: Idaho Edition

Texas State enters Saturday’s game with Idaho as a 2.5-point favorite.

Got a question about the game? Want to know what went wrong last week in Albuquerque (a 35-14 loss to New Mexico)?

Here is your chance to ask those questions — and more.

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College Football: Texas State Sports Podcast (Episode 5)

Here is the fifth episode of the Texas State Sports Podcast.

We had so much information, that we have two parts for your enjoyment. In the first installment, Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth talks with Idaho correspondent Josh Wright about Saturday’s game. In the second part, Mayforth speaks with Jack Hopkins (@WACJack).

Click below to listen or find it on iTunes.

Episode 5, Part 1 (Josh Wright)
Episode 5, Part 2 (Jack Hopkins)

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