Monthly Archives: October 2012

College Football: Hold the Mayo

Texas State recently found out some bad news about sophomore linebacker David Mayo. He’ll be done for the season with injured cartilage in his left knee.

Mayo started every game at MIKE linebacker for the Bobcats in 2012, registering 41 tackles (22 solo).

“It’s what happens, but fortunately it was just cartilage with David,” Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said. “He’ll be back for spring practice, which is good.”

The Bobcats moved senior Joplo Bartu back to linebacker to fill the void. Bartu, who played linebacker his first three years at Texas State, switched to defensive end before the season began.

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College Football: Tuesdays with Fran (10-30-12)

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione met with the media Tuesday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game against Utah State.

Last week, the Bobcats fell on the road to San Jose State by a score of 31-20. Texas State led at halftime, but faded in the second half.

The Aggies, however, put together another solid game in a 48-17 drubbing of UTSA. Utah State put up 522 yards of total offense against the Roadrunners, including 340 yards through the air by quarterback Chukie Keeton.

Here is a little of what Franchione had to say…

On Utah State: “They’re a really good football team. They have a chance to be a Top 25 team before the year is up.”

On Keeton: “He runs and throws. He’s a fast runner. He’s been an efficient passer. You have to play both, since he does both well. They’re protecting him and moving him around well. He’s a good dual-threat quarterback.”

On their defense: “They have carried them this season. Here, lately, they’ve scored quite a few the last three weeks … but what’s happened is the defense carried them while the offense got going. They’ve got a blueprint for a good defense. They’ve got good players with experience. I don’t see them having many injuries. They’re well-coached. Their plan is a little unique from what you see on a week-to-week basis.”

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College Football: How They Fared (Week 9)

Take a look at how Texas State‘s opponents did this week.

Date Opponent Last Result
Sept. 1 at Houston W, 45-35 vs. UTEP
Sept. 8 Texas Tech L, 55-24 at Kansas State
Sept. 22 SFA L, 35-24 at McNeese State
Sept. 29 Nevada L, 48-31 at Air Force
Oct. 6 at New Mexico L, 49-32 vs. Fresno State
Oct. 13 Idaho Off
Oct. 27 at SJSU W, 31-20 vs. Texas State
Nov. 3 at Utah State W, 48-17 at UTSA
Nov. 10 Louisiana Tech W, 28-14 at NMSU
Nov. 17 at Navy W, 56-28 at East Carolina
Nov. 24 at UTSA L, 48-17 vs. Utah State
Dec. 1 NMSU L, 28-14 vs. Louisiana Tech

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College Football: Another second-half let down

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Second halves are the Bane to Texas State’s Batman. The Bobcats will eventually figure out how to defeat their arch nemesis, but until they do, they’ll continue to get punched in the mouth.

Texas State didn’t score after halftime in a 31-20 loss Saturday afternoon to San Jose State. It was the fourth time this season that the Bobcats went scoreless in both the third and fourth quarters.

In the second half against the Spartans, Texas State only put up 78 yards of total offense. Four of the Bobcats’ drives in the second half ended in punts and two met their demise when senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford tossed an interception.

San Jose State broke open the game with two touchdowns in the third quarter and controlled the clock throughout the second half (18:46 to 11:14 advantage in time of possession).

With the loss, Texas State fell to 3-4 and 1-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Spartans improved to 6-2 (2-1) and are now one win away from clinching a bowl berth.

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College Football: Halftime Update (San Jose State Edition)

Texas State got out to a solid start Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats led San Jose State by a score of 20-17 at halftime.

In the second quarter, Texas State distanced itself from the Spartans with 13 points. The Bobcats got a 58-yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford and two field goals from sophomore kicker Will Johnson.

The Bobcats get the ball to begin the second half.

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College Football: Game Day (San Jose State Edition)

SAN JOSE — Texas State looks to stay undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference when it takes on San Jose State this afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CST inside Spartan Stadium.

In their WAC opener, the Bobcats handled Idaho by a score of 38-7. Texas State never led the Vandals in the game as it rushed for 337 yards and four touchdowns.

Now, the Bobcats face a tougher challenge in the Spartans. SJSU is 5-2 and 1-1 in the WAC following last week’s drubbing of UTSA.

Texas State’s pass defense will be tested, as the Spartans like to air it out. SJSU quarterback David Fales is the second most-accurate passer in the nation behind West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

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College Football: How they stack up

SAN JOSE — Here is a breakdown of how Texas State and San Jose State match up in several key areas. The Bobcats and Spartans face off tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. CST inside Spartan Stadium.

Texas State San Jose State
Total Offense 365.7 ypg 422.7 ypg
Rush Offense 162.0 ypg 100.4 ypg
Pass Offense 203.7 ypg 321.9 ypg
Total Defense 444.3 ypg 349.0 ypg
Scoring Defense 30.7 ppg 22.9 ppg
Turnover Margin Plus-2 Plus-5


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Bobcat Mailbag: San Jose State Edition

Do you have a question about Saturday’s game between Texas State and San Jose State?

Be sure to ask it here, so we can answer it as soon as possible.

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College Basketball: A tale of two teams

On Wednesday, the Western Athletic Conference released its preseason basketball polls.

Doug Davalos and the men’s team didn’t get much respect from the WAC, its coaches and media, as it was picked to finish last in each poll. Texas State earned 14 points in the coaches’ poll and 54 points from the media.

Zenarae Antoine and the women’s team, on the other hand, found itself in the middle. Media members tabbed the Bobcats to finish fifth, even bestowing a first-place vote to the team. Coaches selected Texas State to finish sixth. Senior guard Diamond Ford earned WAC first-team honors in both polls.

Both teams open up their 2012-13 season Nov. 9 at home. Antoine’s group plays first at 5 p.m. against Belmont and Davalos’ bunch takes on Fordham at 7 p.m.

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Texas State Sports Podcast (Episode 7)

Get it while it’s hot! This is the seventh episode of the Texas State Sports Podcast.

In this episode, hear what senior linebacker Brian Lilly had to say about the upcoming slate and find out what it means for sophomore wide receiver Ben Ijah to go back to California. Also, listen to San Jose State beat writer Jimmy Durkin and his take on the Spartans.

Texas State Sports Podcast (Episode 7)

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