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College Basketball: Bustin’ brackets

Texas State won’t travel too far for its ESPN BracketBusters game this year and knows its opponent pretty well to boot.

Last year, the Bobcats went 1,006 miles north to play the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. Texas State beat the Jackrabbits, 93-92.

On Feb. 23, the Bobcats board the bus and head east on IH-10 to face Lamar. Texas State and the Cardinals were opponents in the Southland Conference until the Bobcats left for the Western Athletic Conference last July.

Lamar holds the all-time series advantage over Texas State, 29-27. The Cardinals handed the Bobcats an 81-65 loss last year in San Marcos.

Things haven’t gone too well for Lamar in 2012-13. One year after making the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinals are 2-20 overall and 0-10 in the SLC. Lamar’s two wins came against Long Island University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

If Texas State didn’t play Cardinals, rumors circulated that Doug Davalos’ team would take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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College Football: Fran On The Last-Second TD

Here is what Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said about the last-second touchdown the Bobcats scored against Lamar. Texas State led 40-21 with less than a minute to play, but true freshman running back Chris Nutall punched one in as time expired, giving Franchione’s squad a 46-21 win.

“What I got to do is give Tyler and these younger guys as many plays as I can get them,” Franchione said. “I wasn’t trying to score, nessarily. I was just trying to get them as many plays as I can. I wanted to make sure Chris got another touch, Tyler executed another play and all those young guys got another play. If it was minus-two we would have got another play to learn from.

“Fortunately, or unfortunately, we scored, but that wasn’t necessarily the goal to do anything to Lamar. I need to take care of my football team and they got to take care of their football team. That’s what I’m trying to do, is help my kids get as far along as they can. If they took that wrong, I certainly apologize for the score, but I mean, I need to do what’s best for my guys.”

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College Football: Thoughts On Texas State’s 46-21 Victory Over Lamar

  • Junior tight end Chase Harper was back in full force for Texas State. Harper made a difference not only in the run game (sealing off his blocks, driving several defenders out of bounds, etc.), but in the pass game too. He hauled in a pair of wide-open touchdown passes, providing a big target for junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford.
  • Speaking of Rutherford, he completed his first seven passes tonight. Rutherford finished 17-of-26 for a season-high 243 yards and three touchdowns. His third touchdown pass went to junior running back Tim Hawkins, on a short flat route from the 8-yard line.
  • Rutherford made every throw he needed to, taking advantage of a huge cushion given by Lamar’s defensive backs. The Cardinals took away the long pass, but forgot to tackle once allowing the Bobcats to go underneath.
  • Senior defensive end Michael Ebbitt is a monster. Ebbitt, who transferred from Texas A&M, is proving himself to be a man among boys at the FCS level. He recorded his third consecutive game with multiple sacks, and had four tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Ebbitt now has nine sacks in the last three games.
  • Junior cornerback Darryl Morris continues to ‘rewrite’ the record book. Morris recorded the program’s first safety since 2005, two games after returning an interception for a touchdown, the first since 2008.
  • Texas State can’t keep letting teams back in games. The Bobcats opened up a 35-0 lead, but faded in the second half, allowing LU to bring it within 17 points with eight minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. From the 6:55 mark of the second quarter until the end of the game, Texas State was outscored 21-11.
  • Oh, almost forgot. This was the Bobcats’ fifth consecutive victory. Not bad.

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College Football: It’s Game Day (Lamar Edition)

With a win tonight against Lamar, Texas State would extend its winning streak to five games. The Bobcats and Cardinals kick off at 6 p.m. inside Bobcat Stadium.

For Texas State, junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford needs to continue to grow and the running game must perform better than it did last week. The Bobcats only rushed for 139 yards, well below their season average of 198.5.

Lamar has a talented duo in senior quarterback Andre Bevil and senior split end J.J. Hayes. The pair connected 10 times for 212 yards last week, so Texas State’s secondary, notably redshirt freshman cornerback Craig Mager, will have its hands full.

Stay tuned to this blog for more information throughout the day.

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Bobcat Mailbag: Q&A (Lamar Edition)

In lieu of the Bobcat Live Chat, feel free to ask questions in the comments below. If you’re going to the game, leave an attendance prediction as well. From what we’re hearing, it could be a record night for Texas State.

Thanks.

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College Football: Four Downs (Lamar Edition)

Traded emails with Lamar University beat writer Christopher Dabe from the Beaumont Enterprise about the Cardinals and Saturday’s game.

Take a gander.

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College Football: Lamar Head Coach Worrying About TXST’s Option Game

Lamar head coach Ray Woodard didn’t show up to the weekly Southland Conference Coaches Teleconference on time today. Woodard speaks with the media each week at 10:41 a.m. CST, but this week, he began fielding questions at 11:27.

His reason?

“I was down watching tape, trying to figure out how to stop all of this option stuff,” Woodard said.

Texas State hosts the Cardinals on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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