Texas State faced its first test of the 2016 season against Ohio University this weekend. Many questions were going to be addressed as to how the team would transition from last season with the new coaching staff; I think we got our answer.
The Bobcats were consistent through the first half holding a 21-16 lead during the break. The third quarter, however, began with a fourteen-point turnaround for Ohio in a sequence of events reminiscent of the old Texas State. Rather than rolling over and conceding by way of inconsistency and crucial mistakes, Everett Withers and the newfound Bobcat football team continued to fight by answering with strikes of their own.
The two exchanged blows throughout the entire 4th quarter; a combined 17 points were scored in the final fifty-one seconds alone. A Texas State field goal tied it up at 38 to end the game and send it into overtime. After three over times, and the combination of a Hollywood-like double-pass touchdown to QB Tyler Jones with a sack by Texas State defense’s Ishmael Davis, the Bobcats were able to finish off Ohio 56-54 in the fiery season opener.
Tyler Jones just about broke the stat book by completing 40 out of 55 passes (72%) for 418 yards and 4 touchdowns. He threw two interceptions early but compensated by adding a fifth touchdown by foot and a catching number six on Texas State’s final overtime possession.
This is an invigorating and promising start to the new era and culture of Texas State football. They face Arkansas next, in Fayetteville, on September 17th.