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Men's basketball loses to UTSA on road

The Texas State men’s basketball team earned their first loss of the season after falling to UTSA, 80-67.

The Bobcats shot 41 percent from the field, while the Roadrunners converted on 51 percent of their shots. Emani Gant, senior forward, and D.J. Brown, senior guard, combined for 29 points, eight assists and five steals. 

Texas State will play Howard Payne Nov. 30 at Strahan Coliseum. 

Women's basketball drops second consecutive game

The Texas State women’s basketball team took their second loss of the season against Houston Baptist, 61-56.

Texas State gained a 10 point lead during the middle of the first half after a layup by Meghan Braeuer, senior guard. Houston Baptist regained the lead with a 10-2 run in the last three minutes.

Braeuer missed 11 of 15 shots, following her career-high 24 point performance against Texas Tech.

From the Field to the Fans: Bowl Eligible Baby

Host Odus Evbagharu joins sports editor Quixem Ramirez and sports director Warren Schorr to discuss the Texas State football team's signature win over Sun Belt Conference powerhouse Arkansas State. With the win the Bobcats are bowl eligible for the second straight season, and the possibility of getting a bowl invitation is more present than ever.

Texas State claims sixth win, bowl eligibility

With 24 seconds left in the game the scoreboard read 45-27.

The Texas State football team surrounded defensive coordinator John Thompson and gave him the celebratory Gatorade shower.

The Bobcats saved the best for last.

It was a season-defining performance for the team who secured bowl eligibility for the second consecutive season at the expense of Arkansas State.

While the Bobcats have six wins, Coach Dennis Franchione says history stresses the necessity of a seventh.

“They’re not naïve,” Franchione said. “They know where they’re at. They know where they want to be.”

While the Bobcats are content with bowl eligibility, Franchione said they want to be at a bowl game.

Notebook: Texas State 45, Arkansas State 27

Coach Dennis Franchione said the Texas State football team has the rare "it factor." 

Arkansas State witnessed that "it factor" first hand in its 45-27 loss at Bobcat Stadium. 

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

Bowl eligibility isn't a goal anymore. It's a reality. As the Bobcats closed its 45-27 victory against defending conference champion Arkansas State, the statement was clear: Texas State isn't wilting under pressure anymore. The next objective -- defeating Georgia State -- is just as important as upending the Red Wolves. The pressure is still on. 

TURNING POINT

Live blog: Texas State vs. Arkansas State

FULL RECAP: Texas State claims sixth win, bowl eligibility 
NOTEBOOK: Quixem Ramirez breaks down the 45-27 win against Arkansas State
BOX SCORE: See the final TXST vs. Arkansas State stats 

FINAL: Texas State 45, Arkansas State 27

Texas State secured bowl elibility for the second season. 

11:00, fourth quarter: Bobcats force a three-and-out. The team is in a comfortable position with 11 minutes remaining and a three possession lead.

SCORE UPDATE: Texas State 38, Arkansas State 20

Bobcats prepare to face 'explosive offense' in must-win matchup

The next two games are critical for the Texas State football team.

Coach Dennis Franchione wouldn’t want it any other way.

Arkansas State is already bowl eligible. Texas State will enter tonight’s matchup fighting for an opportunity at a bowl game.

Franchione said the Red Wolves, who are coming off of a 37-32 loss against Appalachian State, will see some of their players return from injury.

The NCAA report lists three injured athletes as probable to play against Texas State, the most notable of whom is Arkansas State junior running back Michael Gordon, who has 844 rushing yards this season.

Colby Targun, senior safety, says the defense is expecting a versatile opponent with three receivers who each have over 400 receiving yards.

Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. Arkansas State

Coach Dennis Franchione, the fourth winningest active Division I coach, said he hasn’t been a part of a season like this.

Two games remain, and this season is teetering on the brink.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL

Colby Targun, senior safety, and defensive coordinator John Thompson echoed the same sentiment: this team excels in adverse situations.

Targun called it “playing with our backs against the wall.” The mentality, Targun says, is a credit to Thompson’s coaching staff.

Men's basketball wins home opener against Lamar Cardinals

The Texas State men’s basketball team has opened the season 2-0 against Division I opponents for the first time since 1998.

The Bobcats led the entire game in their 65-55 victory against the Lamar Cardinals.

Lamar was within seven points of a tie with five minutes left in the game.

“I think Lamar is a good team,” Coach Danny Kaspar said. “I don’t think they are as good as Seattle, and there we go beating Seattle on their floor. Last year we seemed to play better away than we did at home. I hope that’s not (the) case because then we have a very immature team.”

Lamar came out attacking in the second half. The Cardinals, bolstered by their full-court press defense, went on a 7-2 run against the Bobcats’ defense.

Beyond the game: Craig Mager, senior cornerback

Cindy Mager’s phone rang early one Friday morning.

On the other end of the line was her frantic 15-year-old nephew, Craig Mager, now a senior cornerback.

Craig’s mother wasn’t waking up.

Cindy said she could hear Craig punch the wall in a panic. His mother, who had visited the emergency room with a severe headache a day before, was unresponsive.

Just four days after Craig turned 15, plans for his birthday party quickly turned into plans for a funeral.

With two younger sisters, Craig was in a position that called for his maturity well before it was due. Adversity however, is the foundation of Craig’s character.

“It helped mold me into the person I am today,” Craig said. “I probably wouldn’t be the same without going through it.”

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