Texas State football defeated South Alabama with a 38-yard field goal attempt by junior kicker Jason Dann with four seconds remaining in the game, moving to 5-3 on the season.
“I told the team during pre-game meal that the outcome of this game would come down to the last drive,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We made the play needed at the end. This is such a great win for our team. I’m really proud how they all battled.”
Dann’s game-winning field goal was set up after the Bobcats converted on a fourth and 25 play with under a minute remaining in the game. Freshman quarterback Tyler Jones connected with junior wide-receiver Ben Ijah for a 28-yard gain. Dann’s field goal put the Bobcats ahead in the game, winning with a score of 33-31.
Jones completed two touchdown passes during the first half of play, finishing with 81 yards after two quarters. The Bobcats’ first scoring drive was set up after a 26-yard reception to senior Isaiah Battle, placing the ball in South Alabama territory. Jones finished the game with 218 passing yards and 103 rushing yards.
Texas State totaled 96 rushing yards during the first half, with Jones leading the category with 61 yards on the ground. Both sophomore running backs Robert Lowe and Chris Nutall combined for 66 rushing yards, with Lowe averaging 7.2 yards per rushing attempt. The Bobcats totaled 70 more rushing yards than South Alabama.
Lowe and Nutall ended the game with a combined 167 yards on the ground. Nutall averaged 6.3 yards per carry, which was highest rushing average in the game. Battle led the team in receiving with 62 receiving yards. A 31-yard reception was his longest in the game.