by: Kiersten Ehr
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS– The Texas State football team entered Saturday’s game facing conference opponent Georgia State, who shared their 2-6 record. This was a match-up that could determine who still had any hope of being bowl eligible. Both teams would have to win four games in the row in the second half of the season to be considered for a bowl.
What Happened: Texas State got the wind knocked out of them through the air as the team battled the Panther’s powerhouse offense, ultimately losing 41-19 at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats move on to being 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Georgia State senior quarterback Nick Arbuckle pounced on the Bobcats, having a career night passing for 471 yards and throwing four Panther touchdowns. Arbuckle led the Panthers to a school-record 644 yards, this was the second most yards allowed by Texas State this season.
“Their quarterback is really good,” Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said. “He’s a senior and he played like it and we had no answers for him. We traded field goals for touchdowns in the first half and that’s hard to do and win.”
The Bobcats only have five more days until the last home game this Thursday against UL Monroe.
“We don’t have time to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves, “ Texas State head coach Franchione said. “We have to regenerate and go and luckily we’re home this week.”
On the bright side, junior kicker Lumi Kaba helped the Bobcats get a field goal in the first quarter his new career-long of 48 yards.
Running back Robert Lowe scored the two touchdowns for Texas State, and had 17 carries with a team-high 88 yards.
With three games left in the season, and no bowl opportunities, the Bobcats still have team pride and a season to finish with one last home game.
“I think we just have to have pride,” Robert Lowe said. “We still have three games left. A lot can happen in those games. We have to finish the season.”
Linebacker Stephen Smith said he is taking on the role to rally his upperclassmen teammates to make sure they see one more home game victory in front of Bobcat fans.
“I’m going to rally the underclassmen,” Smith said. “We have nothing to lose anymore. We have to go out there and give it our all. We have no reason not to leave it all out on the line for the seniors. Especially Rob, he is a big time player here, and we want to send him out on a good note.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Texas State has one more home game Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. hosting UL Monroe. Last year Texas State beat UL Monroe 22-18. This year UL Monroe is 1-6 overall and 0-6 in the SBC, making them the worst team in the SBC standings. Texas State is now eliminated from being bowl eligible (six wins needed). State to finish the season.