Football

From the Field to the Fans: Monday, 9/29/14

Managing Editor Odus Evbagharu sits down with Sports Editor Quixem Ramirez and the Sports Director of KTSW, Warren Schorr, to discuss the Texas State football team's triple overtime thriller against Tulsa over the weekend.

Mayo named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week

David Mayo, senior linebacker, was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced.

Mayo tallied a career-high 20 tackles in Texas State's 37-34 victory against Tulsa, extending his streak to six consecutive games with 10 or more tackles. Mayo is averaging 14 tackles per game, the highest average in the conference.

Texas State's linebacker corps took a hit after Michael Orakpo's, senior linebacker, season-ending injury. The injury granted Mayo more freedom in the middle of the field, as he's averaging 15.3 tackles per game in Orakpo's absence.

 

Notebook: Texas State 37, Tulsa 34

What the win means: The Texas State football improves to 2-2 following its 37-34 victory against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. The win, in itself, may not look significant when the season is over but don't let that fool you. This was an important win for a football team dancing on the tightrope between mediocrity and legitimacy. Without the victory, perhaps the season torpedoes into a disaster.  Now, with a triple overtime victory under the teams belt, the Bobcats are in a much better position to capitalize on a wide open Sun Belt conference.

Bobcats weather storm, defeat Tulsa in triple overtime

Terrence Franks, senior running back, plopped to the ground in disbelief, overcome with emotion. 

For Franks, a fifth year senior, his game-winning two-yard touchdown run in the Bobcats' 37-34 triple overtime victory was the culmination of years of hard work. He bounced around two coaches, two conferences and he doubted his ability. He pondered transferring from Texas State.

 

From the Field to the Fans: Thursday, 9/25/14

Host Odus Evbagharu and Sports Editor Quixem Ramirez discuss the Texas State football team's upcoming match against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.

Team to face Tulsa Saturday

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Despite the Texas State football team’s top 30 ranking in passing and rushing yards per game, the team is in a 1-2 hole heading into its matchup against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.

“These are two teams that want to win,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “We both want to get back in the good column, especially being our last game before conference play.”

Tulsa ranks 114th in rushing yards allowed with 230.7 per game, while the Bobcats rank 26th in rushing yards.

Rob Lowe, junior running back, leads the Sun Belt conference in rushing yards per game with 119.7 yards. He is ranked 34th in the NCAA in total rushing yards with 359.

Head athletic trainer dies after year long battle with Cancer

Texas State Head Athletic Trainer David Gish passed away Sept. 22 after battling cancer for one year.

Gish worked with the Texas State Athletic Training staff for 25 years, including 17 years as the head athletics trainer. Gish’s tenure with Texas State began in 1990.

“We are deeply saddened with the loss of a very dedicated and well-respected member of our staff,” Athletics Director Larry Teis said. “Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Karen, Madison, Hayden and the rest of David's family and friends.”

Gish was in his first year as president of the Executive Board of the Southwest Athletics Trainers Association. The North Texas graduate created a sports medicine course for high school athletic trainers in 2007.

Practice Report: Bobcats look to even non-conference record

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The Texas State football team, currently in a two-game losing streak, and the Tulsa Hurricanes, 1-2 overall, are heading into their Sept. 27 matchup.

The victor will have a 50.0 winning percentage in nonconference play.

“These are two teams that want to win,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “We both want to get back in the good column, especially being our last game before conference play.”

Franchione did not make a big adjustment in practice, as both Tulsa and Illinois generate offense with passing rather than running.

“There is really not much of a preparation difference,” senior cornerback Craig Mager said. “They both like to throw the ball whether it is a pro-style offense or spread. Just a few little things here and there.”

Lunch with Coach Fran

Entering their last non-conference matchup against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, the Bobcats have their backs against the wall.

It’s too early to deem the game a “must-win,” but the difference between a 1-3 non-conference record and a 2-2 non-conference record is huge, especially for a football team teetering on the edge of success.

Texas State held a lead heading into the fourth quarter against Illinois before giving up 17 points in the fourth quarter. The defense shut out the Navy offense for the entire third quarter.

Both count as losses in the standings. Close, but no cigar.

The Bobcats are mending the transition from a traditional offense to a no-huddle offense that puts the defense on its heels.

Beyond the Game: Terrence Franks

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Terrence Franks, senior running back, has seen it all.

In the five years he has been at Texas State, the coaching staff changed several times, the team shifted conferences twice and the depth chart fluctuated.

“Terrence has been a great young man to coach,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “Terrence is a great person, a really tough kid and a very resilient kid that is mentally tough.” 

Franks was recruited out of Angleton High School just outside of the Houston area. Coach Brad Wright and recruiting coordinator Charlie Reeve brought him into the football program.

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