By Warren Schorr
It’s Tuesday night football in San Marcos as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2-3) takes on Texas State (3-2). ULL has won the Sun Belt conference the past two years. The game is on ESPN2 and would be a huge statement win for the Bobcats.
First Quarter: ULL will start the first half with the ball.
2nd play of the game: Ragin Cajun’ quarterback Terrance Broadway hits running back Elijah McGuire for a 62-yard pass. Blown coverage on the play by linebacker Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon.
Texas State with a quick three and out.
ULL takes over at their own 25-yard line. Broadway picks up 21 yards on first down. Bobcats have to do a better job tonight against the run if they want to have a chance to win.
Big match up to watch tonight is cornerback David Mims and wide receiver Jamal Robinson. Mims already has one big pass break up on Robinson.
Cajuns and Bobcats trade punts. 8:25 remain in the first quarter.
Texas State’s defense gets a big stop with linebacker David Mayo pressuring Broadway, forcing ULL to kick a 46-yard field goal which is missed by K. Hunter Stover. 7-0 Cajuns with 5:11 left in the first.
Wide receiver CJ Best with a costly drop from quarterback Tyler Jones on third and two, and the Bobcats are forced to punt again. They have yet to pick up a first down.
Great punt by Will Johnson, which has Lafayette at the 10-yard line. First play of the drive is a sack by defensive lineman Michael Odiari, putting the Cajuns at the one-yard line. Big three-and-out for the Bobcats as field position will be shifted. Punt was shanked by Daniel Cordoa for 16-yard punt. Bobcats take over at the Lafayette 26-yard line.
Huge conversion on third down. Jones to tight end Bradley Miller for 18-yards down to the eight. End of the first quarter: Lafayette seven, Texas State zero.
Jones can’t find his way into the end zone on a third down scramble and the Bobcats are forced to attempt a 21-yard field goal, and Will Johnson converts it. Lafayette leads 7-3 with 14:22 left in the first half.
Bobcat defense is getting killed by Broadway on the zone read. He has seven carries for 66 yards. Big sack by defensive lineman Dallas McClarty on third down, forcing a ULL punt. Bobcats take over at their own 20-yard line.
After a nice third down conversion, Jones to wide receiver Brice Gunter. On the very next play Jones gets sacked and fumbles on his way to the ground and defensive lineman Christian Ringo returns it to the house for a score. 14-3 Cajuns with 9:07 left in the first half.
Offense needs a touchdown on this drive to keep the game within reach. Bobcats can’t do anything and are forced to punt.
McGuire jukes Germond Williams on a 36-yard run and get tackles at the one. Running back Alonzo Harris comes in and gets the yard for a touchdown. Lafayette leads 21-3 with 5:59 left in the first half.
Stop me if you heard this before, but Texas State’s offense goes three-and-out. Have to wonder when they are going to start throwing the ball down field, if ever.
Broadway fumbles as the ball looks to dance on the sideline. The call on the field is a fumble out of bounds. The play is under review. Williams recovers it but it’s hard to tell if he had possession before it rolled out of bounds. Call on the field is confirmed. Bobcat defense gets a stop but can’t do anything when they get it back in with 49 seconds left. Questionable clock management by Texas State Coach Dennis Franchione when he didn’t call a timeout when ULL ran the clock down to :49 seconds. Halftime: Lafayette 21, Texas State three.
Bobcats start with a three-and-out. They really need points on that drive. Defense needs a stop on this drive.
Stop me if you heard this before, Elijah McGuire breaks more ankles and tip-toes down the sidelines for a 13-yard touchdown run. Lafayette leads 28-3, 9:29 remain.
Texas State gets the ball to midfield, but it stops there and they’re forced to punt again.
Mims picks off a Broadway pass and the team has a little bit of life. Let’s see what the offense can do. Welp, the offense can’t take advantage of the interception and punt again. Down 25. Why doesn’t Franchione go for it on fourth? End of the third quarter and ULL leads 28-3.
Stover converts another field goal to extend the lead to 31-3 with 10:18 left.
Bobcats finally go for it on fourth down and fail to convert. Jones’ pass was completed to wide receiver Ben Ijah, but Ijah doesn’t get past the first down marker and its a turnover on downs.
Back-up quarterback Brooks Haack has now entered the game for ULL.
Bobcats score a garbage time touchdown. Jones to wide receiver Brice Gunter to cut the lead to 34-10.
Final: Lousiana-Lafayette 34, Texas State 10.