The Texas State football team scored 50 points but it was not enough to topple the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Here are the five key plays from the loss.
11. Whoops, the referees did it again
Southern Mississippi’s first drive in the third quarter started after Texas State went 3-and-out on their first drive. Texas State led the game 25-21 and the game was still anybody’s for the taking.
On the second play it appeared like the Golden Eagles fumbled the ball. Texas State picked up the ball after the fumble and ran the ball the other way for six points, but Southern Mississippi had stopped on the play because of a whistle. The officials called the play dead. Coach Dennis Franchione was furious after the play and he let the sideline referee have it. Franchione was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. After the play, Texas State was outscored 28-3.
22. Jalen Richard’s back-breaking touchdown
Texas State cut the deficit to seven points after 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats were in need of a stop but Southern Miss had other ideas. Richard found a crease and broke into the second level of the defense. The run sealed the game for Southern Mississppi.
33. Jones wasn’t done
The Bobcats did their best to make a quick comeback and Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, gave his team what they needed. After the Bobcats recovered an onside kick, Jones’ number was called on a quarterbacks draw. Jones fooled the defense into thinking he was going to pass and he found some open space in the defense to run. Jones broke past every defender on the field and ran into the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown.
44. Lumi gives the team another chance
There was 8:12 remaining in the game and Texas State had just scored a touchdown. The Bobcats needed a quick stop from their defense, which had struggled all night. Lumi Kaba, junior kicker, tapped the ball to himself and recovered the ball. The retrieval by the Texas State special teams turned the momentum to their side and gave the Bobcats hope.
55. Brandon McDowell’s fumble recovery
With about a minute to go in the first half, Southern Mississippi faced a third-and-12 on their own 19-yard line. The Golden Eagles elected to try and run the clock out but Ito Smith was stripped on the sideline and Brandon McDowell, sophomore cornerback, recovered the fumble. Texas State took the turnover and scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Demun Mercer with 34 seconds remaining the first half. The Bobcats found themselves leading 25-21 going into halftime after trailing for the entire first half.