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Bobcats anticipate tough matchup with bowl game on the line

Against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Tyler Jones, sophomore quarterback, showcased the team’s dynamic and “balanced” offense.

Against Georgia Southern, the Bobcats’ defense showed its ability to contain a top-ranked rushing team.

Against Louisiana-Monroe, David Mayo, senior linebacker, reminded his team and fans that the Bobcats could win in the final minutes of a game.

In 11 weeks, the Bobcats have evolved to a point that allowed them to play Arkansas State in what Coach Dennis Franchione called their most complete game this season. 

With six wins to their name, the Bobcats travel to Georgia State Saturday expecting to leave with not only a win but a bowl game invitation.

Six players to watch

Sports reporter Paul Livengood focuses on six Bobcats to watch prior to the Texas State football teams' matchup against Arkansas State.

Craig Mager, senior cornerback: One of the keys for a Bobcat win will be to lock down the Georgia State Panther passing attack, especially junior wide receiver Donovan Harden. Harden leads the Panthers with 55 catches, 827 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this year. The Bobcats will lean on the shoulders of the dependable senior to shut down Harden. 

Video: Dennis Franchione interview

Odus Evbagharu interviews coach Dennis Franchione about the Texas State football team's victory over Arkansas State and the Bobcats' upcoming game against 1-10 Georgia State.

Follow Odus Evbagharu on Twitter @odus_Outputs.

Press conference recap: Franchione discusses Arkansas State, Georgia State, bowl eligibility

After defeating what coach Dennis Franchione believes to be one of the marquee teams in the Sun Belt Conference, the Bobcats earned bowl eligibility.

“What a good win for our football team last Thursday," Franchione said. "Probably our most complete game of the year.”

At his Tuesday press conference Franchione discussed the win against Arkansas State, Georgia State and bowl eligibility.

On Arkansas State: “We played well in all aspects of the game. Certainly, Rob Lowe had a good game and you have to give credit to our offensive line for how well they played. Our defense continues to improve and the balance in our offense was good. So all around, it was a good win.”

Quick Five

Quick Five is a University Star segment in which Sports Editor Quixem Ramirez and Paul Livengood tackle five quick-hitting questions regarding the Texas State football team.

What was the turning point in the Bobcats’ win against Arkansas State? 

Rob Lowe named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week

Rob Lowe, junior running back, carried the ball for a career-high 236 yards in the Texas State football team's 45-27 victory against the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Lowe was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week, as Texas State secured bowl eligibility for the second consecutive year. Lowe accounted for 42.8 percent of the Bobcats' total yards, along with four touchdowns. 

Follow Quixem Ramirez on Twitter @quixem.

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

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