Listen to what Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth and San Antonio Express-News writer John Whisler had to say following the Bobcats’ 41-37 win Saturday night.
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Texas State sophomore cornerback Craig Mager said it best after Wednesday’s practice.
“This is definitely a redemption game,” Mager said. “It will be nice to make a couple of big plays at the start of the game, just so that I know I’ve been here and done this.”
While Mager spoke more about himself after his play two weeks ago against Texas Tech, his words echo through to the rest of the team. Mager — and the rest of the Bobcats — didn’t look good in the home opener, as they were pasted by the Red Raiders, 58-10.
Texas State gets an opportunity to wash that taste out of its mouth tonight when it hosts Stephen F. Austin. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside Bobcat Stadium.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Bobcats own a five-game winning streak over the Lumberjacks. Can Texas State make it six?
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Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside of Bobcat Stadium.
Over the last five years, Texas State has been dominant against Stephen F. Austin. The Bobcats hold a five-game winning streak over the Lumberjacks since 2007.
Former Texas State head coach Brad Wright never lost to SFA. Current Lumberjack head coach J.C. Harper never beat the Bobcats.
Take a closer look at the win streak.
If you’re counting at home, Texas State has won its last five meetings with SFA by an average margin of 19.4 points. The Bobcats go for their sixth win in a row over the Lumberjacks this Saturday at 6 p.m.
Here is a game plan Texas State should have followed prior to this afternoon’s game against Stephen F. Austin.
A: Clone senior outfielder Jeff McVaney.
B: Repeat Step A seven times.
C: Put redshirt freshman Taylor Black on the mound.
With how McVaney dominated the Lumberjacks in his career, it would have been a safe game plan.
Entering today’s game, McVaney was 21-of-43 with five home runs and 11 runs batted in against SFA. Not bad, right?
McVaney continued his ownership of the Lumberjacks this afternoon with two home runs and five RBI. His grand slam in the eighth inning put the Bobcats up 7-6.
“You actually do know about it when you come into a game with some extra confidence,” McVaney said. “I’ve had their number since my sophomore year.”
Thanks to shoddy defense and poor execution at the plate, Texas State finds itself back in the losers’ bracket of the Southland Conference Tournament. The Bobcats committed five errors and left 13 men on base in a 7-1 loss to Southeastern Louisiana.
Now, Texas State must win out in order to prolong its season. The Bobcats can’t lose another game or they will be eliminated from any further postseason consideration.
It was an eerily similar game to the second time Texas State and the Lions met up. Back on April 14, the Bobcats committed four errors and allowed five unearned runs to score in an 8-1 loss at SLU. Texas State was swept by the Lions in Hammond, La.
To wit, here is junior left-handed pitcher Colton Turner‘s line from the game on April 14 — 3.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2 WP. Here is Turner’s line from Thursday night — 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP.
The Bobcats play Stephen F. Austin for the second time in three days Friday at noon. Win, and Texas State has a rematch with the Lions. Lose, and the Bobcats’ season is over.
Ladies and gentlemen, fans of Texas State sports, we are gathered here today to remember the life of the 16-game home win streak put together by the men’s basketball team.
It was born Dec. 31, 2010 following an 80-59 win against UT-Tyler. From there, its life spanned 369 days and 15 more victories (including a perfect 8-0 mark in Southland Conference play) with two of those wins coming against in-state rivals Sam Houston State and UTSA.
Even though it wasn’t the prettiest of streaks (included wins against five non-Division I teams), it put Texas State on the map. The Bobcats were in the same sentence with Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Then on Wednesday night (Jan. 5, 2012), it was shamelessly murdered by Stephen F. Austin and its junior guard Hal Bateman. With less than five seconds remaining in the game, Bateman drove the length of the floor and knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer to beat Texas State, 66-65.
If the Bobcats chose to rebound (two offensive rebounds the entire game) or attack the basket with vigor, chances are, it would still be alive. Texas State chose to be lazy, however, and its streak is now buried.
Here are highlights from last Saturday’s win at Stephen F. Austin, courtesy of the Texas State Athletic Department.
Texas State needed junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford to prove himself to be a leader of the team.
Rutherford did just that Saturday night, pacing the Bobcats to a 35-26 win against Stephen F. Austin. The transfer from Blinn College accounted for 323 yards of total offense (241 passing, 82 rushing) and all of the team’s touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in the victory.
Not only did Rutherford cement himself into a role as the starting quarterback, he helped Texas State continue its dominance of the Lumberjacks. The Bobcats now have won seven of their last eight games with SFA, including each of the last five.
Rutherford connected with a pair of fellow Blinn College transfers Isaiah Battle (50, 27) and Kyle Doll (23) on touchdown passes, then found Navarro College transfer Chase Harper for a 71-yard score. The quarterback ran in the final touchdown of the night from 22 yards out to ice the game with two minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Texas State improved to .500 (2-2) and hosts Nicholls State next Saturday at 6 p.m.