By Mark Brown
The Bobcats redeemed themselves from last weeks 35-7 loss to Rutgers with a 36-20 win at home over the Texas Southern Tigers. Senior A.J. Krawczyk and graduate transfer Keenan Brown were some of the key contributors in the team’s first victory.
Not much excitement took place during the first quarter of the game. Due to a lightning delay, the game had a relatively slow start. James Sherman added three points to the Texas State scoreboard with a 36 yard field goal with 10:28 remaining. By the second quarter, Sherman nailed two more fields goals; one 35 yarder along with another 41 yarder. Tight end Brown scored the first touchdown for the bobcats with an impressive 46 yard pass delivered from sophomore quarterback Willie Jones III.
The bobcats were shutting out the tigers 16-0 at halftime. The third quarter is when a lot of magic took place. Shortly after Sherman added a 41 yard field goal to the board topping the tigers 19-0, senior safety Krawczyk scoops and scores an 82 yard fumble recovery. This resulted with a new school record for the longest fumble return in Texas State football history. Bobcat kicker Sherman tied the old 1970 school record for the most field goal conversions in a game. The tigers scored their first touchdown with a stretching 75 yard pass launched by QB Jay Christophe to star wide reciever Tren’Davian Dickson. The score evolved to a 26-7 lead for the bobcats by the end of the third quarter.
The tigers were looking for a comeback early in the fourth quarter after Christophe connected an 11 yard touch down pass to wideout Dickson, closing the gap of the bobcat lead with 26-14. Bobcat running back Anthony D. Taylor bulldozed his way into the endzone as a retaliation, increasing the score to a whopping 33-14 lead. Tigers’ wideout Chris Long scored a 16 yard pass dished out from Christophe, boosting the score to 33-20. The Bobcats closed out with their first victory of the season shortly after Sherman nailed a 23 yard field goal, topping the tigers 36-20.
Bobcat linebacker Bryan London II finished off with a total of nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss. Brown had an impressive game with 146 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions. Jones racked up 235 passing yards, 17 completions, and one touch down along with 107 rushing yards. Taylor rushed for 64 yards and one touch down.
The Bobcats are looking for another win in game three against the South Alabama Jaguars in their first conference play of the season. Tune in this Saturday at 6 p.m. on KTSW 89.9.
Featured image by Justin Manor.