Texas State captured its first ever Sun Belt Conference win Saturday with a 24-17 victory over the Georgia State Panthers, gaining a season-high 296 yards on the ground.
Sophomore running back Robert Lowe has now registered three straight 100-yard rushing games, each of which has been a career-high. Lowe finished with 177 yards and one touchdown. Lowe averaged 8.4 yards per carry on the night and scrambled for a game-high long rush of 59 yards.
“They’re good running backs,” said Panther Coach Trent Miles. “They’re well coached, they’re physical runners and they’re as good as we’re going face.”
Sophomore running back Chris Nutall accumulated 95 yards and scored two touchdowns. Nutall is second in touchdowns scored this year for the Bobcats with six, one behind Lowe.
Collectively the backs accounted for 296 yards rushing, the highest the Bobcats ran for this season. Texas State only lost five yards from the running backs on 30 carries.
On the first play of the game, senior wide receiver Albert Wilson converted for a 47-yard run on a motion sweep to the left side of the field. Wilson attacked the Bobcat defense from every angle registering 93 yards receiving, 39 yards on kick-returns and 14 yards on punt returns.
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats registered their only turnover of the night by senior safety Justin Iwuji. Iwuji intercepted sophomore quarterback Ronnie Bell and returned it to the Georgia State 18-yard line.
“Big interception by Justin Iwuji,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “That was our only turnover that we got on the night, they don’t turnover the ball. We go the one that proved to be huge.”
Senior Linebacker Damion McMiller set a career-high 15 tackles and led both teams for the night.