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Texas State Football Looks to Bounce Back Against FIU

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By Gage Sutton
Sports Reporter

After a loss to start the 2021 season, the Texas State Bobcats look ahead to their first away game of the season against the explosive offense of the FIU Panthers.

Bobcats Head Coach Jake Spavital believes that the key to getting back to .500 and beating FIU is with disciplined defensive line play and stopping the dynamic run game of the Panthers. The FIU running backs are led by half-back D’Vonte Price who rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns on only five carries in FIU’s win against Long Island.

“We’ve been talking about gap integrity,” Spavital said. “Price had some big, explosive plays so that’s definitely going to be a challenge.”

Stopping the run begins with the sophomore defensive end for the Bobcats Jordan Revels. Revels tallied six total tackles and a forced fumble in the 29-20 loss to Baylor 

“This week is really going to be a technique game for us,” Revels said. “Staying in your gap, making sure you don’t cabbage patch out of your gap because the running back might go to the crib.”

The dangerous rushing attack of the Panthers could prove to be a problem for the Texas State defense which allowed over 200 rushing yards in the loss to Baylor. The Bobcat defense however performed very well on third down and is an area that FIU struggled in their last outing only converting on 33% of their third downs.

Meanwhile, the Texas State offense may be getting some help at the running back position as pre-season Doak Walker candidate Brock Sturges will be traveling with the team according to Spavital. With the addition of Sturges to the lineup, Spavital and the offense aim to clean up the mistakes that plagued them against Baylor including the three interceptions thrown by Quarterback Brady McBride. 

“Brady has that ability to make those explosive plays with his feet,” Spavital said. “We just have to minimize those reckless throws”. 

McBride and the offense will have their hands full with a talented Panthers defense led by defensive coordinator and former Head Coach of the Bobcats, Everett Withers. Withers served as Head Coach from 2016 to 2018 before he was fired unceremoniously. 

The Bobcats have since moved on from Withers with the hiring of  Spavital in 2018, with the hope that he could turn Texas State Football around. In his third season, Spavital looks to avoid a third consecutive 0-2 start and continue building toward success. 

Texas State and FIU meet Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. CST at FIU Stadium in Miami, Florida. This game will be broadcasted live on KTSW 89.9.

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