What the Win Means
The senior class ends their last home game with a win. With a win on senior night, Texas State could ride the momentum and possibly finish the season 5-7. Finishing 5-7 will be difficult, but an emotional hard fought senior day win could be just what the Bobcats needed to finish off the season strong.
Why the Bobcats Won
The Bobcats took advantage of their caused turnovers. Texas State scored a touchdown after a 73-yard interception return to the Warhawk six-yard line. The touchdown gave the Bobcats a 16-3 lead that they held onto for the rest of the game.
Aaron Shaw’s 73-yard reception return to the six-yard line was easily the biggest play of the game. Texas State was already leading 10-3 at the time, and the interception opened up the lead to 16-3, after Tyler Jones capped off the two play, six-yard drive with a touchdown.
Robert Lowe. Despite a foot injury, Lowe ran for 85 yards on 22 carries. Taking the workload while injured shows Lowe’s mental toughness and drive. The fact that the game occurred on senior night probably had an effect as well.
The defense held their opponent to under 200 yards. It took playing the team with the worst record in the Sun Belt to do it, but nonetheless, the defense held Louisiana-Monroe to under 200. This was the first game all season that the Bobcat defense has done so.
Missed field goals from Lumi Kaba, junior kicker. Kaba missed a 27-yard chip shot, and a routine 42-yarder as well. Missed field goals have been an issue all season for Kaba. Kaba is 8-15 on field goals this season.
Texas State stalled in the red zone way too much. On the opening drive of the game, Texas State drove the field, but got stopped on the six-yard line. Again in the third quarter, Texas State got stopped, this time on the five-yard line. Lumi Kaba made one of the two field goals attempts on those two drives. So, instead of potentially scoring 14 points on those two opportunities, the Bobcats scored three.
What they said
“I’m proud of the guys and happy for the seniors to get to finish on a victory at home,” coach Dennis Franchione said. “It meant a lot to all of them. It just feels good to get a win. It’s been a while.”
On Saturday, Nov. 28 Texas State travels to Moscow, Idaho to play the University of Idaho Vandals.