Football opens season with 65-0 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Texas State set a school record Saturday night with 697 total yards in the 65-0 victory against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions.

Coach Dennis Franchione is 5-1 all-time in season openers with the Bobcats. 

The Bobcats scored on the team’s first eight possessions of the game, with seven touchdowns.

"I was proud of our guys,” Franchione said. “I asked them for four quarters of effort, intensity, focus and physical play. I felt like we got that.”

Arkansas-Pine Bluff players said they would hold Texas State to 14 points or fewer in their media day session. Rob Lowe, junior running back, had a different plan in mind. 

Get to Know: John Thompson

AG: What made you want to become a coach?

JT: My dad was a coach. I grew up just seeing it, living it. He coached everything—basketball, football, baseball and track. I knew I wanted to be from three or four years old.

AG: What would you be doing right now if you weren’t coaching football?

JT: That’s a good question. I’d be going crazy. I was an athletic director for one year at UCA (University of Central Arkansas), and I loved it, but I just love being around the players. Coaching is something you live. It’s a 24-hour, 365-day job.

AG: What is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had so far as a coach?

Beyond the Game: Brandon Jones

It’s been said first impressions are everything, but for Brandon Jones, senior safety, what really matters are second chances.

Going from barely graduating high school to planning to graduate in spring 2015 with a degree in sociology and a minor in criminal justice, Jones credits his second opportunity for success to football.

“Where I’m from, not many guys get the chance to play Division I football,”

Jones said. “A lot of my friends ended up locked up before they even graduated high school, and I was fortunate to have my head on straight and get it done.”

Texas State Football Season Preview

The Bobcats are looking to improve upon last year’s 6-6 record and seventh-place finish in the Sun Belt conference.

Coach Dennis Franchione stressed the importance of offensive consistency at the Bobcats’ media day session.

“Right now we are not very consistent,” Franchione said. “We’re very up-and-down. From an offensive standpoint, it’s nice to have our starting quarterback in place. Tyler (Jones) is having a good camp. Our tight ends need to be more consistent, but our offensive line is better.”

The coaching staff has implemented a hurry-up offense that looks to put more pressure on opposing defenses. The Bobcats ranked last in total offense last year, and Franchione believes a more up-tempo offense will lead to more points.

Get to Know: Rob Lowe


KJ: Which player do you mirror your game after?

RL: Arian Foster.

KJ: Favorite activity in San Marcos?

RL: The river.

KJ: If you were not playing football at Texas State, what would you be doing?

RL: I would probably be doing something in the medical field in Dallas.

KJ: If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

RL: What is my future like?

KJ: If you could replace your life with a famous athlete, who would it be?

RL: Michael Jordan.

KJ: What is your favorite Disney movie?

RL: Luck of the Irish.

Get to Know: Tyler Jones

AG: Who is your favorite athlete? 

TJ: Michael Jordan. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Space Jam.

AG: What would your dream car be?

TJ: Ford F-150 pickup truck.

AG: Do you have any nicknames by friends, teammates or family?

TJ: Jonesy. That’s about it.

AG: Why did you choose Texas State?

TJ: There was a little history between the head coach and offensive coordinator here.

AG: If you had to choose another collegiate sport to play other than football, what would it be?

Orakpo, Mayo make preseason award watch lists

Senior linebackers Mike Orakpo and David Mayo were named to preseason award watch lists.
Orakpo was named to the 2014 preseason Butkus award watch list. Orakpo is one of 51 linebackers on the list, with 50 players represented from FBS programs. The Butkus award recognizes the nation's top linebacker. Alabama's C.J. Mosley, drafted in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, won the award last year. 

Football team adds two more ESPN network games

The Texas State football team's first two games of the season will be televised on ESPN3 and ESPNews, the Sun Belt Conference announced Tuesday.

The Bobcats' first game of the season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Aug. 30 will be available on ESPN3. The ensuing week against Navy is available on ESPNews.

Texas State has four games televised on the ESPN networks this season, including conference matchups against Louisiana, televised on ESPN2, and Arkansas State, shown on ESPNU.

The Sun Belt has 15 games televised on the ESPN networks in the first three weeks of the season.


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Texas State and UTSA football to begin eight-year game series

Texas State and UTSA will begin a eight-year home-and-home football series in September 2017, the universities announced Friday morning.
Texas State will host the first game of the series Sept. 23, 2017 at Bobcat Stadium and UTSA will host the second game of the series Sept. 22, 2018 at the Alamodome. The series concludes in 2025, with Texas State hosting games in 2020, 2022 and 2024.
"With the proximity and similarities that we have, this could develop into a special college football rivalry," Coach Dennis Franchione said. "It will be a great game for the fans of both schools to watch."
The Bobcats lost 38-31 in their previous meeting against UTSA in 2012. 39,032 people attended the game at the Alamodome.

Gold team takes spring game by single point

Coach Dennis Franchione anticipated a defensive battle prior to the Maroon and Gold Game. He said defenses typically dominate spring games because the offense is generally behind the curve compared to the defense. However, this was not the case.

The Bobcats combined for 59 points including 23 in the final quarter. The Gold team, tabbed as the favorite by Franchione, defeated the Maroon team, 30-29.

“You know you always have mixed emotions as a coach,” Franchione said. “There were a lot of good things about today. We came out pretty healthy, and that’s always a big criteria. We got to see some players in situations and that’s a good thing.”


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