What the win means: The Texas State football team can start mending its 1-4 start to the season. Every game from this moment forward is a must-win in order to realistically get a bowl game and Texas State took care of business Saturday night.
Why the Bobcats won: The defense is improving each week. Last week, the Bobcats held Louisiana-Lafayette to 14 points at halftime. This week, the Bobcats applied their lockdown defense to an entire game. Texas State allowed 468 total yards of offense and 18 points.
Turning point: Brandon McDowell’s kick six. With five seconds left in the first half, and Texas State leading 12-3, South Alabama lined up for a 53-yard field goal. Texas State had no return man back at first, but the Bobcats took a time out and put their punt returner, McDowell, in the end zone to receive the kick. The kick was short, then five seconds and 100 yards later, McDowell opened up the Bobcat lead to 19-3.
Spotlight player(s): Lumi Kaba and Robert Lowe. Kaba punted six times for 288 yards, including one 69-yarder and three inside the five-yard line. Lowe rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. HE and moved into fourth place all-time in rushing touchdowns and sixth in rushing yards in Texas State history.
Honorable mention: McDowell. Aside from his 100-yard return touchdown, McDowell excelled in pass coverage.
Good: Defense. The Bobcats allowed 10 points in this game, the lowest mark of the season. Texas State is showing improvement on this side of the ball. But the Bobcats are the only team in the country without an interception this season.
Bad: Passing offense. While efficient, Texas State has failed to stretch the field vertically. Jones completed 13 of 23 passes, but only for 105 yards. Jones averaged 4.6 yards per attempt.
Ugly: Attendance. With Hurricane Patricia on the west coast of Mexico, central Texas received rain leading up to the game. As a result, Texas State recorded the lowest attendance for the 2015 season (14,523). I think the Bobcats were counting their imaginary friends in that stat. There were an abundance of empty seats in Bobcat Stadium Saturday night.
What’s next: Texas State travels to Statesboro, Georgia Oct. 29 to play the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Eagles are coming off a 31-13 loss to Appalachian State.