By Andrew Zimmel
Texas State has had a season that many around the program will be glad to forget when it’s all over. The season comes to a close next week, and Bobcats still had a game to play against the Troy Trojans.
The Trojans came into Saturday’s match up being one of the most complete teams in the Sun Belt Conference. The opposite could be said of the 0-7 conference Bobcats. The Bobcats, coming off a 50-10 loss to New Mexico State last week, were hoping for a big game from their core of junior wide receiver Elijah King and sophomore running Stedman Mayberry; both of which had average games against the second ranked defense in the Sun Belt Conference. Mayberry was able to punch in a 10-yard touchdown for the Bobcats, only score in a 40-7 loss.
The Bobcat defense struggled against one of the premier quarterbacks in the conferences. Trojan QB Brandon Silvers almost pitched a perfect game, going 20-28 for 218 yards and two touchdowns. In comparison, the two Texas State QBs combined for 12 for 29 for 147 yards and two interceptions.
The biggest surprise was Coach Withers’ decision to bench senior quarterback Tyler Jones for the less experienced Conner White to start the game and Eddie Printz to end. Jones, coming off a three interception performance against New Mexico State, didn’t play against the Trojans. With only one game left in Jones’ career, fans don’t know what to expect from the Bobcat coaching staff in the coming week. The Bobcats look to play a team that beat the Trojans 35-3 earlier this year, Arkansas State, next week.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.