Analyzing the loss: Southern Mississippi 56, Texas State 50

Assistant Sports Editor

What the loss means: The Texas State football teams' season is in trouble. Losing this game leaves some points of emphasis leading into the conference schedule.

First, Texas State is now going to have to beat at least one of Sun Belt Conference's Big Three: Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bobcats went 1-2 against them last season at home and now they have to play all three on the road this season. If Texas State loses to Houston, which is certainly possible or even likely since the Bobcats lost to Southern Mississippi, then the Bobcats will need a near perfect conference record to even think about bowl eligibility.

Why the Bobcats lost: Southern Mississippi’s offense was just too much. The Bobcats gave up big plays over and over again, including three touchdowns exceeding 50 yards in the final 17 minutes. The Golden Eagles totaled 613 yards in the game. Nick Mullens, Golden Eagles junior quarterback, threw for 333 passing yards and four touchdowns. He made the Bobcats defense look silly all night long.

Turning point: The fumble that wasn’t called for Texas State that caused Coach Dennis Franchione to lose his mind on the referees and draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty to put the Golden Eagles in scoring position. Southern Mississippi outscored Texas State 28-3 from there before the Bobcats found the end zone again.

Spotlight player(s): Tyler Jones, junior quarterback. He put the team on his back in the second half and nearly willed the Bobcats to comeback. Jones totaled a career-high 470 all-purpose yards in the loss. 

Good: The run game for Texas State was solid. The team recorded 139 rushing yards in the first half and 281 yards for the game. Rob Lowe, junior running back, was DIRECTV Rob Lowe in this game. Lowe had a 59-yard run in the first quarter on the Bobcats’ first drive to put them in scoring range.

Bad: Pass defense. NMullens picked and chose who he wanted to throw to and when he wanted to throw to them. He was poised and comfortable in the pocket for most of the game. 

Ugly: Missed tackles. The Bobcats missed tackles left and right throughout the game. On the first two passing touchdowns of the game for the Golden Eagles, there were multiple missed tackles in open field which would have prevented those touchdowns.

What’s next: The Bobcats go on the road to play their last non-conference game of the season next Saturday, Sept. 26 against the Houston Cougars.