By Kyle Owen
Texas State football is hoping to go on a seven-game winning streak against current Southland Conference members when they face Incarnate Word on Saturday.
Coach Jake Spavital knows despite Incarnate Word being an FCS school, they’re going to present a challenge to his Bobcats’ defense to be able to continue their streak.
Spavital and the Bobcats are looking to improve to 2-1 on the year, but they expect the Cardinals to use unconventional play calling to try and win this game.
“They’re really good on offense,” Spavital said. “They’re gonna take any cheap yards they can… we’re going to have to be on top of our game because we’re going to be expecting trickery, fake kicks and onside kicks. They have nothing to lose in this game and we’ve got to be prepared for it and be ready for it. It’s going to be an extremely great challenge.”
Jordan Peeler, offensive coordinator, wants to continue their success in red-zone offense. The Bobcats were three-for-three in the red zone last week against FIU and four-for-four against Baylor in week one.
“Every time we get down there, we’re looking to score. If we come away with a field goal, that’s a loss for us,” Peeler said. “We’re just looking for schemes that match our personnel well and how we can take advantage of that.”
Brock Sturges, sophomore running back, had success in the red zone against FIU with two touchdowns on nine carries. Sturges came off an injury in the offseason to play in his first game against the Panthers and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime. He’s looking to carry the Bobcats to victory against Incarnate Word.
“FCS teams are battling with FBS teams all over the country, so we’re not going to take them lightly,” Sturgest said. “They’ve got two big backers in the box with [Kelechi Anyalebechi and Akil Jones,] a d-line that’s going to clog up holes. We’re anticipating them to try to stop the run, but we’re going to go out there and do our job.”
The Bobcats will be playing against the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals on Saturday, Sept. 18. You can listen to Clint Shields and Geff Gandy call the game live on KTSW 89.9.
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