By Kyle Owen
The Baylor Bears ran for 238 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night in their 29-20 win against Texas State in the season opener for both teams.
The Bears had a pair of running backs, Trestan Ebner and Abram Smith, that combined for 6.1 yards per carry to bring home the first win of the season for Baylor. Handing Texas State their first loss.
The Bobcat defensive line was depleted with only eight of their 17 men seeing the field due to injuries and Covid protocols. Texas State’s defense was on the field for nearly 35 of the 60 minutes, with a lot of quick turnarounds where the Bobcat offense was forced three-and-out.
“I thought the defense played very well,” Texas State Head Coach, Jake Spavital said. “We really had only about eight defensive linemen for this game.”
Smith ran for the only two touchdowns that the Bears scored on offense against the Bobcats, the only other coming from an interception for a touchdown early in the first quarter.
Texas State started off hot defensively early in the first quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by senior defensive tackle, Caeveon Patton.
Immediately after the Bobcats got the ball back from the Bears on the Baylor 20 yard-line, a ball thrown by sophomore quarterback, Brady McBride was picked off and returned for a touchdown for the first points of the game. McBride threw two more interceptions in the game.
“The first one, they got him,” Spavital said. “They blitzed the nickel and [kind of] changed up their look on him and had that pick-six which was kind of an unfortunate luck.”
McBride finished the game with 20-of-40 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown through the air for the Bobcats. This was done with the help of graduate transfer offensive lineman, Liam Dobson, after the loss of freshman offensive lineman, Dalton Cooper, early in the game.
“We have to work as a unit no matter who’s in the game,” Dobson said. “We got reps with that offensive line in practice last week and the week before. So, we just have to communicate better as a unit when we’re all out there together.”
Texas State plays again on Saturday, September 11 in Miami against the Florida International Panthers in their first of six road games of the year.
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