Bobcat defensive line faces challenge from New Mexico State Aggies

The Bobcats will take on the New Mexico State Aggies, who are currently 2-6, in the 10th week of the season.

Linebacker Coach Brad Franchione says Texas State is preparing to face a team armed with many defensive weapons despite a six-game losing streak.

New Mexico State has allowed 24 turnovers this season. What stands out to Franchione, however, is the Aggies have allowed only five sacks.

Franchione says the Aggies’ skillful pass protection will pose a challenge for the Bobcats’ defensive line.

New Mexico State’s two-man quarterback combination gives the team what Franchione calls a “dual threat.” Aggie quarterbacks Andrew Allen and Tyler Rogers have combined for 14 touchdowns and 2,131 yards this season.

Three players to watch

Sports Reporter Paul Livengood provides his three players to watch in Texas State's matchup against New Mexico State, Nov. 1. 

David Mims, junior cornerback: Mims is coming off two consecutive games with an interception. New Mexico State has the fifth-best passing offense in the Sun Belt, racking up 234.4 passing yards per game. Look for Mills to capitalize on the turnover-prone Aggies.

Practice report: Texas State vs. New Mexico State

Some say numbers never lie. Ben Ijah, senior wide receiver, begs to differ.

While their upcoming competitor, New Mexico State, is currently 9th in the Sun Belt Conference, the Bobcats shared the same sentiment as Ijah as they began practices this week.

“Rule number one in sports: the numbers that they have, the statistics, the numbers—it really accounts for nothing,” Ijah said. “It all depends on how they come out, and how they play. That being the case, we’re going to hit the ground running. We don’t expect this game to be easy. We don’t expect this game to be anything less than what all of our other conference games have been.”

Quick Five

On a scale of 1-10, how important is the win against Louisiana-Monroe?

QR: 8. Point to Louisiana-Monroe’s inept offense. Point to Texas State’s inability to manufacture anything offensively during the first half. Point to whatever. This, for all intents and purposes, is the kind of win that sets the tone for the rest of the season. Texas State won its first Sun Belt Conference road game, alleviating the burden of future encounters. 

Texas State heading into Sun Belt tournament despite loss


The Texas State soccer team had already secured its spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament heading into the final game of the regular season against Georgia State.

With the postseason clinched, the Bobcats ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss against Georgia State.

“I felt we played a little sporadic,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We need to play more together and in unison. There was great individual effort, but we need all 11 players in complete rhythm and unison.”

A majority of the first half was a midfield battle as each team was pressured to gain possession of the ball.

Mayo named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week

David Mayo, senior linebacker, set a career-high with 22 total tackles in Texas State's 22-18 victory against Louisiana-Monroe.

Mayo, the Division I leader in total tackles this season, was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week. He became the first player in Sun Belt Conference history with two games exceeding 20 tackles -- he first surpassed the 20 tackle mark in the Bobcats' 37-34 victory against Tulsa.

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.


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