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Texas State Bobcats Look to Bowl for the First Time


Texas State Bobcats on the field
Photograph by way of: Aaron Mullion

The Texas State Bobcats have reached bowl eligibility for the primary time since 2014 with a win, Saturday, towards the Georgia Southern Eagles.

The Bobcats have reached bowl eligibility twice earlier than 2013 and 2014) of their 11-year historical past within the FBS division of School Soccer. Each instances earlier than, the ‘Cats didn’t safe a bowl bid, however this yr will (almost definitely) be completely different.

Texas State Bobcats Safe The Win

Bobcat Quarterback TJ Finley accounted for 5 touchdowns within the Bobcat’s, 45-24, win over Georgia Southern. It was their first in six tries, relationship again to 2005 when the 2 squads met within the first spherical of the Division I-AA Playoffs.  It took an all-around effort from the Bobcats to finish their sixth win of the season.

Finley and the Bobcats began the sport off by scoring on their opening drive, a 23-yard landing move to Joey Hobert that capped a five-play, 75-yard opening drive.  Then, because the ‘Cats kicked the ball to the Eagles for the primary time within the recreation, Georgia Southern’s DeAndre Buchannon returned it 80 yards to the Bobcat 17-yard-line.

The Bobcats would maintain the Eagles to solely three factors however couldn’t reply as Finley fumbled the ball, almost within the purple zone, on the Eagles 27. Southern would reply with a landing, their final in over 33 minutes of recreation time.

In the course of the 33-minute-plus scoring drought for the Eagles, the Bobcats would rating 38 factors.

Photograph by: Aaron Meullion

Can’t Cease, Gained’t Cease

The primary rating after Georgia Southern took a 7-10 lead within the first, got here on a 15-play, 75-yard drive that took seven minutes and 51 seconds, a three-yard landing move from Finley to Konnor Fox because the Bobcats took a lead they’d maintain till the ‘Cats secured their sixth win on the finish of regulation.

One other passing landing from Finley, this time to Kole Wilson, would prolong the result in 21-10 earlier than Mason Shipley would make a 31-yarder – extending the Bobcat result in 14.

After making one other defensive cease, the Bobcats had lower than two minutes to seek out factors earlier than the half. They’d take advantage of it as Finley and the Bobcats marched 60 yards in 46 seconds to increase the result in 21 off a Finley scramble and run from 16 yards out, marking TJ’s fourth landing of the night.

The fifth and ultimate landing from Finley got here within the third quarter because the protection saved the Eagles from scoring once more. The Bobcats took six performs to seek out the endzone on a 12-yard rush from their Quarterback, persevering with the Bobcat run to 31 factors within the scoreless stretch from the Eagles.

 

Photograph by: Aaron Meullion

Not Over ‘Til it’s Over

The ultimate seven factors of the run got here off an 11-play, 4:40 drive capped by a Donerio Davenport leap from one yard out. The Bobcats had a 45-10 lead with 2:34 left within the third quarter.

The Bobcats wouldn’t be capable to discover the endzone once more within the recreation as Georgia Southern discovered 14 extra factors within the ultimate 16 minutes of the sport, however, not sufficient to finish the comeback because the Bobcats secured their spot within the post-season with a 45-24 victory.

Photograph by: Aaron Meullion

Turning the Web page

The followers rushed the sector, President Damphouse and Athletic Director Don Coryell jumped within the river together with many teammates, alumnae, college students, and followers because the ‘Cats celebrated a bowl berth which will spark a flip within the Bobcat soccer program for one of the best.

The Bobcats will search for a seventh win in 2023 as they head East to Conway, South Carolina to face the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina, Saturday, November 11, with kickoff scheduled for two:30 (CT) at Brooks Stadium on the teal-colored Benton Discipline.

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