The Bobcats rolled into game ten with high hopes in defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Sadly, from a fan’s perspective, the tables turned completely despite the astounding victory over Georgia State last weekend. Bobcat fans and critics were expecting either a close game or a win going off the excruciating 15-13 skirmish between the Bobcats and the Georgia Southern Eagles last month. The Eagles are mentioned due to the fact of them giving the Mountaineers a WWE smackdown at the end of last month. Unfortunately, the typical fan’s logic was deemed unsuccessful from the brutal 38-7 loss at the start of Veteran’s Day weekend.
Things seemed to look promising during the first drive in quarter one when Willie Jones III led the offense into Mountaineer territory. This impressive drive pulled away as swift as a cheetah when WJ3 got cracked by a Mountaineer defender, forcing a fumble and an automatic turnover on downs. WJ3 sat out for the rest of the game due to injury while Freshman QB Tyler Vitt filled in. There was not much action took place for the Bobcats shortly after this. The Mountaineers were able to score easily after the fumble recovery leading the Bobcats 7-0.
The second quarter turned out to be a disaster in the eyes of a Bobcat fan. The Mountaineers were able to add two more touchdowns, outshining the Bobcats 21-0. Veteran linebacker Bryan London II entered the game for the first time at the start of the second half due to a targeting call in the previous game, causing first half suspension. At the start of the third quarter, The Mountaineers scored a 79 yard run, topping the Bobcats 28-0. When all hope seemed to fade, starting tight end Keenen Brown caught a six yard touchdown pass delivered by Tyler Vitt. The Bobcats were now trailing 28-7 with eight minutes remaining in quarter three. By the fourth quarter the Mountaineers pulled away with the score by adding two extra touchdowns to the scoreboard. The Bobcats then fell short 38-7.
Texas State was overpowered 468 to 218 in total offense by the Mountaineers. On 34 carries, the Mountaineers rushed for 221 total yards, compared to 31 carries for 86 yards for Texas State. Tyler Vitt was 17 for 28 in completions with 106 passing yards and one touchdown. Caleb Twyford was the leading rusher with 35 yards on 11 carries. Keenen Brown led the receiving corps with 44 yards on 7 catches and one touchdown. Junior Nikolas Daniels led the defense with 6 solo tackles. Freshman defensive back Jarron Morris led the DB corps with 2 pass break ups.
Texas State will head to Troy, Alabama this Saturday to take on the Troy Trojans at 2:30pm. Tune into ESPN+ or Texas State’s own KTSW 89.9FM for game coverage.
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