By Parker Rhea
Even in a devastating 33 to 30 loss to Georgia State, the Bobcats did show signs of greatness. Their offense looked great to starts things off. It was a back and forth contest all night, but the defense could not hold up. The kicker for the Panthers had an outstanding game, and ultimately was able to make the difference. Brandon Wright was able to net two 48 yard field goals to go along with his great performance. Conner Manning as QB led the Panthers with help from receiver Todd Boyd, and running back Kyler Neal.
The Bobcats’ defense made some plays, and even forced a fumble. Gabe Loyd almost had the first interception of the year for the Bobcats, but the refs called it back. JaShon Waddy did force a fumble when he stripped a Panthers player who was about to score. Damian Williams did compete to the very end, but just couldn’t out-duel Manning.
Good news for the Panthers: they are now eligible for a bowl game. Bad news for Texas State: they were a few plays away from playing spoiler. On Senior Night and Veteran’s Day the crowd was the usual disappointing size with the whole top row just about empty. It was the last home game for seniors like Schrade and Loyd in a Bobcats uniform. The Cats fall to 2-8 on the season, and are 1-5 in conference play. Their next game will be on the road against Arkansas State which will take place November 18.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.