by Kiersten Ehr
SAN MARCOS, Texas — A victorious win for the Texas State football team came from a night with what seemed like never ending rain in the forecast. Loyal Bobcat fans brought out their ponchos and umbrellas and endured weather conditions to watch the second win this season for Texas State. With key plays from quarterback Tyler Jones, running back Robert Lowe and cornerback Brandon McDowell the Bobcats secured a much needed conference win 36-18 over South Alabama at Bobcat Stadium Saturday night. Texas State improves to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Points to Highlight for the Bobcats
On the third possession of the game for Texas State, quarterback Tyler Jones stood out and had five rushes for 56 yards, with five first downs. Jones ran in the end zone for the Bobcats first touchdown of the game in the second quarter.
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Texas State made headlines on ESPN and around social media with just over a minute remaining in the first half. South Alabama was forced to get on the board by attempting a 53-yard field goal in the rain. Texas State cornerback Brandon McDowell stayed alert anticipating which way the ball would go in his favor. McDowell stayed in the Jaguars end zone and ran back the missed field goal 100 yards to give Texas State a 19-3 lead going into halftime.
McDowell said that he had a feeling that coach Fran was going to tell him to get back in the end zone just to make sure South Alabama missed the field goal.
“They kicked it kind of short, five-ten yards short on the end zone so I just caught it and saw the lane. I knew there was a whole bunch of linemen on the field, so I just tried to make it to the sideline,” said McDowell.
Bobcats to Recognize
Robert Lowe had the best night of his career, running 248 yards. Lowe ran for three touchdowns as Coach Fran had the most confidence in his star running back.
Lowe said Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione had a lot to do with the win tonight. Fran made sure the team had a lot of energy and motivation prior to the game.
“Everything is not always going to go our way, you know we wanted to come out with energy this week,” said Lowe. “That was a big influence by coach Fran. I think we had a lot of energy today, even coming out of halftime, I think it was great.”
With running 30 carries, Lowe never gave up physically. He used his fight and determination to get a win for Texas State on the night.
“You know I can carry the load if I need too. I just felt like we needed to put the game away and that’s what I did,” said Lowe. You know, I’m sore. I’m used to it. I’ve been playing football forever, so I’m hurting a little bit, a little more than the last couple games, but it’s worth it.”
Lowe said that he has been waiting for a big opportunity to come up for him this season, and that’s exactly what happened on the field.
“I was just waiting to break out this season and just try to get better every week and see what happens,” said Lowe.
Coach Fran was smiling in relief at the press conference after the game. Fran mentioned that the Texas State football program has been built on hard work and fighting for what the team wants as that showed on Saturday for the Bobcats.
“I’m really proud of our guys. They’ve had some tough breaks and a lot of things to deal with but they fought hard tonight. That’s all we’ve asked them to do all week and we’d take the result one way or the other,” said Texas State head coach Fran.
“I think you have to tip your hat to the whole team. They’ve had some tough things go against them and they’ve handled it, hung together and kept believing in each other and have fought hard,” said head coach Fran.
Even after some offensive penalties and some holds for Texas State, coach Fran said it’s easier to forget them after a win.
“They needed something good to happen for them, they made it happen and that’s what you have to admire,” said head coach Fran.
Coming into the game Saturday, coach Fran knew the weather would be a condition on the field. During practice last week the team practiced with wet balls to get used to the rain against South Alabama.
“We haven’t had rain here in forever. We started with wet balls on Tuesday and we actually worked on our under-center offense a lot. We had an If we played in a deluge plan and prepared for all things, multiple days to be prepared,” said coach Fran.
Texas State ended the night with a season-high for the team with 319 rushing yards. The defense stood out with season-high 3.5 sacks. Punter Lumi Kaba helped the Bobcats on special teams as he recorded a 59-yard and 69-yard punt for his fifth and sixth 50 plus yard punt this season. On a career long for Kaba, he secured a 36-yard field goal for Texas State.
Next On the Schedule
Texas State only has a few days before their next conference game at Georgia Southern this Thursday on the road. Kick-off against the Eagles is set for 6:30 p.m. You can watch the game on ESPNU and listen live on KTSW-FM 89.9 with Texas State broadcasters Brant Freeman and Bill Culhane.