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Bobcats claw back against Warhawks, 22-18

Faced with a 13-point deficit at halftime and the team in dire need of a spark, senior linebacker David Mayo set his team aside.

His message was simple.

They’ve been here before. The Bobcats defeated Tulsa in triple overtime on the road. As Idaho mounted a comeback, the defense squashed the bid with an interception.

Winning close games is the teams’ mantra. Texas State’s 22-18 victory against Louisiana-Monroe was no different. 

From the Field to the Fans- Road to Recovery

Host Quixem Ramirez and managing editor Odus Evbagharu talk about the Texas State football team's road to recovery as the squad tries to bounce back after a crushing loss to Louisiana-Lafayette at home on ESPN2 to traveling on the road to face the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. The duo previews key match ups to look out for, players to watch and give their final predictions for the game.

Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Last year's meeting: Texas State held Louisiana-Monroe to 192 yards and 3.1 yards per play in its 21-14 loss last season. The Warhawks capitalized on a pair of interceptions from Tyler Jones, sophomore quarterback, and the defense stifled the Bobcats’ passing offense.

The team is in an identical situation this year—a week removed from a 24-point loss to Louisiana-Lafayette—and the season is teetering on the edge. A loss drops the Bobcats to below a .500 record for the first time this season. The Bobcats need to make up ground in the standings before they enter the difficult portion of their schedule with six games remaining, including matchups against Georgia Southern and Arkansas State.

Three Louisiana-Monroe players to watch

Pete Thomas, senior quarterback: Thomas is in his third collegiate pit stop after brief stints with Colorado State and NC State. The 6-foot-5 quarterback lacks mobility, and he isn't helped by a running back core that is dead last in rushing yards per game in the conference. The offensive-deficient Warhawks have a thin margin for error, especially if Thomas can't create enough points for his defense. 

Mitch Lane, junior safety: A safety leading a team in tackles is usually indicative of a defensive unit that is consistently beaten at the point of attack. Lane leads the Warhawks in tackles (46) and interceptions (3). He supports the stingiest run defense in the conference.

Beyond the Game: Michael Grijalva

Michael Grijalva wasn’t always a star runner. Four years ago, he primarily played basketball for El Dorado High School in El Paso.

He dreamed of playing basketball collegiately until his junior year, when he realized his hoops career wasn’t going to happen.

That led him to a sport that he always knew he could excel in: cross-country.

“I think I’ve always had a talent for running,” Grijalva said. “I wasn’t always running cross-country, but anytime we’d do anything with running in basketball, I was good, and I always felt like I was going to be good at it. (Basketball) kind of fell through, and I didn’t go through with it, so I started running.”

It seems his decision panned out for the best.

Head to Head: Texas State vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Texas State Bobcats

Record: 3-3, 1-1 in Sun Belt
Point differential per game: +4.7
Total yards per game: 460
Total yards allowed per game: 440
Turnover differential: -1 
Red zone offensive efficiency: 92 percent

Coach: Dennis Franchione, five seasons
Leading passer: Tyler Jones, 1325 yards
Leading rusher: Terrence Franks and Rob Lowe, 438 yards
Leading receiver: Bradley Miller, 254
Leading scorer: Terrence Franks, 48 points

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

Record: 3-3, 2-1 in Sun Belt 
Point differential per game: -10.5
Total yards per game: 325
Total yards allowed per game: 364
Turnover differential: +1
Red zone offensive efficiency: 79 percent

Bobcats hope to finish season on high note

The soccer season is winding down, and the Bobcats are in a position to gain some momentum before the postseason tournament.

Texas State finishes this season on the road against Georgia Southern and Georgia State.

“Its definitely weird,” senior forward Tori Hale said. “It’s all kind of hitting me after senior day. I’m excited because it’s ending on such a good note so far, so I hope we can keep that going, and I just really want us to end on a high note.”

The Georgia Southern Eagles have not lost a home game this season. The Eagles, sitting at a 9-5-1 record overall, are 2-0 at home in Sun Belt Conference play.

Lunch with Coach Fran

Before Tyler Jones, sophomore quarterback, earned the starting quarterback job last year, he was benched in the third quarter against Louisiana-Monroe.

Jones is in the midst of a similar slide this year. He has averaged 126 passing yards and completing 58 percent of his passes in the past two games. The offense is in a funk, and the defense has been stretched to its physical limits to compensate.

Jones completed six of 15 passes in last year’s meeting against Louisiana-Monroe. He added two completions to Warhawks defenders, both resulting in touchdowns.

It was a wake-up call. Jones finished his freshman season with a four-game stretch that cemented his role as the signal caller for his sophomore campaign.

Bobcats look to revive record in Louisiana

The Bobcats allowed a rushing touchdown with 18 seconds left in their last meeting against Louisiana-Monroe, ultimately costing them the game.

Coach Dennis Franchione plans on using the next five practices to prepare for a team similar to the one the Bobcats faced last year.

“We played them in a close game that went down to the last 18 seconds of the game,” Franchione said. “It was kind of a heartbreaker, the way it unfolded in the last four or five minutes, but I don’t anticipate this game being a whole lot different.” 

Saturday’s matchup will be the third time this season the Bobcats have had 10 or more days to prepare between games

Rest can be an advantage, but Germod Williams, sophomore safety, feels longer breaks slow the team’s momentum.

Six players to look for

Rob Lowe, junior running back: Lowe missed one game with a knee injury, and he hasn’t been the same

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