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College Baseball: Bobcat blank UTSA

Is Texas State finally back to its old ways? It’s certainly possible to draw that conclusion after the Bobcats’ last three games, all of which were wins.

Texas State put a stamp on its current three-game winning streak Tuesday night when it blanked UTSA, 6-0, in a rare non-conference game against a conference opponent. Even though the Roadrunners came in as the Western Athletic Conference’s top team, the Bobcats used solid pitching and timely hitting to knock them off.

Over the last three games, Texas State scored 30 combined runs and drilled eight extra-base hits. It was a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double by sophomore first baseman Ben McElroy that broke the Bobcats’ game with UTSA wide open, giving the hosts a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning.

“To be able to come in and make that kind of impact, after sitting on the bench a while and having to watch, feels good,” said McElroy, who missed the first eight games of the season with a quadriceps injury.

Another player looking to continue a rehab of sorts was that of junior closer Hunter Lemke. While Lemke wasn’t injured, his first few appearances of the season didn’t prove he belonged in that role. Lemke allowed three runs in 3.2 innings pitched and walked three batters.

Well, Lemke turned it around in two of his last three appearances. Lemke tossed a scoreless inning last Friday against Northern Kentucky and four days later, sat the Roadrunners down in order.

“I’m just filling the strike zone up more and letting them get themselves out,” Lemke said. “I’m playing with my defense behind me with no worries.”

Momentum is key for Texas State as it heads to Corvallis, Ore. for a three-game weekend set with No. 4 Oregon State.

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College Basketball: Men snap losing streak

Sorry for a delayed post, but better late than never.

Texas State finally snapped its nine-game losing streak and did it in a big way last Saturday afternoon against Texas-San Antonio. In a game that saw five ties and eight lead changes, the Bobcats battled back from several deficits to outlast the Roadrunners, 81-78, in overtime.

It was a breakout game for Texas State, as five players scored in double figures — Reid Koenen (23 points), Corey Stern (18), Joel Wright (16), Phil Hawkins (13) and Wesley Davis (10) — and its defense paved the way.

“We picked a hell of a time to have our best total-team effort,” Bobcat head coach Doug Davalos said. “This team that we saw today could beat a lot of people. If we carry this over and keep staying together, not care who gets the minutes and everybody contributes, we can do anything we want from this point on.”

Two of the main cogs for Texas State in its first league win as a member of the Western Athletic Conference were Koenen and Stern.

When the Bobcats needed a big shot, Koenen stepped up. Koenen raised the stakes with each of his five made 3-pointers (a career high), with his last coming with 1:03 left in overtime to put Texas State up 77-76.

“I haven’t been shooting the ball too well as of late, so I made a point of it to get in the gym more,” Koenen said. “This is a big rivalry game, so I wanted to come out and knock down shots if I was open.”

Even though Stern posted career highs in minutes (38), points (18) and rebounds (13), it was his defense that set a tone. Stern patrolled the top of the Bobcats’ zone, using his length to force UTSA’s smaller lineup around him and making life miserable for Kannon Burrage when he attempted game-winning shots at the end of regulation and overtime.

Texas State improved to 5-14 overall and 1-6 in the WAC.

“We’ve taken a ton of tough losses this year, but it’s big for us going forward,” Stern said. “We’ve got a good team and we’re ready to show that.”

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College Football: Tuesdays With Fran (11-27-12)

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione met with the media this afternoon to recap last Saturday’s loss to UTSA and this week’s game against New Mexico State.

Here is a bit of what Franchione had to say.

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College Football: Upended

One of the biggest hits of last Saturday’s game between Texas State and UTSA was captured by Daily Record photographer Gerald Castillo.

Here is senior cornerback Darryl Morris sending Roadrunner running back Evans Okotcha heels-over-head late in the third quarter. Morris finished with five tackles, two pass break-ups and an interception in Texas State’s 38-31 loss.

Big hit by senior cornerback Darryl Morris (SMDR Photo).

Morris on the hit: “I saw him start stuttering his feet and I couldn’t believe he was trying to jump over me. I’ve never had anybody try to do that. When he tried to jump over me, he was trying to make a spectacular play and I was just telling, ‘I’m not having that on me. You’re not going to put me on SportsCenter that way.’”

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College Football: Good, Bad, Ugly (UTSA Edition)

A few days ago, Texas State dropped its fifth consecutive game.

Perhaps the worst aspect of it, for many Bobcat fans, was that it happened at the hands of UTSA. The Roadrunners, in their third year of existence as a program, manhandled Texas State last Saturday. UTSA beat the Bobcats, 38-31.

Here is the good, the bad and the ugly from Texas State’s loss.

The Good

• Shaun Rutherford — Despite running for his life most of the second half, Rutherford had a fantastic afternoon for the Bobcats. Rutherford threw for a season-high 324 yards, accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and brought Texas State within one score several times.

• Smith’s second effort — With his team down 38-24 late in the fourth quarter, true freshman wide receiver Brandon Smith caught a quick slant from Rutherford at the 7-yard line. Smith made his first defender miss, then plowed into a host of other Roadrunners and reached the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown.

• Clavell-Head’s awareness — For the second time this season, junior defensive end Jamie Clavell-Head picked off a screen pass. Clavell-Head’s first interception of the season came against Utah State and he matched it last Saturday in San Antonio. His takeaway ended UTSA quarterback Eric Soza’s consecutive attempt streak without an interception at 256.

The Bad

• Punt coverage on Harrison’s return — Only one Bobcat had a chance at tackling Roadrunner return man Kenny Harrison and that was junior punter Zach Robinson, who whiffed on the attempt. Robinson went 79 yards up the middle of Texas State’s coverage for not only the longest punt return in UTSA history, but the first touchdown on a punt return.

The Ugly

• The Bobcats’ Rush ‘D’efense — One of these days Texas State is going to figure out how to stop the run. Until that happens, days like last Saturday will continue to happen. The Roadrunners gashed the Bobcats for 299 rushing yards, doubling their season average. It marked the fourth consecutive game that an opponent rushed for more than 250 yards on Texas State.

Miss any? Leave them in the comments.

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College Football: Post-Game Video Blog (UTSA Edition)

Enjoy this for now. We’ll have much more on this loss in the upcoming days.

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College Football: Halftime Thoughts (UTSA Edition)

SAN ANTONIO — This wasn’t the start Texas State wanted.

After holding UTSA to a field goal on the opening drive, the Bobcats went three-and-out on their first offensive drive. On the ensuing punt, the Roadrunners returned it 79 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

Texas State answered with a 57-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford to junior wide receiver Isaiah Battle to give Dennis Franchione’s team some life. However, UTSA scored two of the next three touchdowns to take a 24-17 lead into halftime.

If the Bobcats are going to win this game, they’ll need to sure up their miserable run defense. The Roadrunners gashed Texas State for 175 rushing yards in the first half.

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College Football: Game Day (UTSA Edition)

There is the Alamodome in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO — Well, the wait is finally over.

This afternoon, Texas State and UTSA will meet in football for the first time in the history of the rivalry. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. inside the Alamodome.

The Bobcats (3-7, 1-3 WAC) are looking to snap a four-game losing streak. Last week, Texas State fell on the road to the Naval Academy (21-10).

The Roadrunners assured themselves of a winning season last Saturday when they beat Idaho, 34-27. UTSA is 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the WAC.

Here is the Daily Record’s preview — College Football: Ready to rumble.

Follow Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth on Twitter — @smdrtyler

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College Football: How They Match Up (UTSA Edition)

This is a look at how Texas State and UTSA match up in several categories. Due to the Roadrunners’ inferior schedule (two sub-Division I programs and two FCS teams), the only games used are those between common opponents (Idaho, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Utah State).

  Texas State UTSA
Avg. Points 30 25.5
Opp. Points 34.5 44.5
Rush YPG 222 119.3
Pass YPG 167.3 274
Total Off. 389.3 393.3
Opp. RYG 212.5 131.5
Opp. PYG 314 344
Opp. TOF 526.5 475.5

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College Football: Quotables (UTSA Edition)

Here are a few quotes from Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione and two of his players about the upcoming game against UTSA. Due to scheduling conflicts, this will be the only game between the Bobcats and Roadrunners until at least 2016.

Franchione on playing this late in the season: “These are special games. There is nothing like rivalry college football on Thanksgiving weekend.”

Franchione on the Jekyll-and-Hyde personality of the offense: “We’ve been that way all year. One week we play pretty well, then the next week, we misfire. Then the next week we seem to come back. We seem to be on the every-other-week routine. Maybe this is our week this week. I hope so.”

Junior wide receiver Isaiah Battle on the importance of this game: “This is your shot. This is the one shot you’re going to get at it, so you want to make the most of it.”

Battle on the team’s propensity for penalties: “I was saying to a teammate on the sideline that, ‘It wouldn’t be a good Texas State win if we didn’t face adversity. We shoot ourselves in the foot and we wish it didn’t happen, but you just forget about it and keep playing.”

Senior safety Jason McLean on if it feels like a big brother/little brother match-up: “It really doesn’t feel like that. I feel like they’re just another team in the WAC that we need to knock off.”

Senior cornerback Darryl Morris answering the same question McLean did: “I don’t think we’re related to UTSA at all.”

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