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Live analysis: Texas State vs. Houston

FOURTH QUARTER

Texas State: Chris Nutall 1-yard touchdown run, 12:57.
Drive summary: 13 plays, 85 yards, 4:07.

Key play: Texas State drove down the field methodically with no huge bursts. Just solid gain after solid gain. Can't ask for more offensively. 

Houston: 25-yard touchdown run by Ryan Jackson, 03:52.
Drive summary: 7 plays, 57 yards, 3:50.

Houston 59, Texas State 14: Greg Ward Jr. took over the game, favoring his Demarcus Ayers. He threw him the ball for eight catches, 126 yards, and two touchdowns. Ward totalled for 375 all-purpose yards and six total touchdowns. 

THIRD QUARTER

Behind Enemy Lines: Breaking down Texas State vs. Houston

(Editor’s note: Behind Enemy Lines is a weekly University Star feature, where sports editor Quixem Ramirez will discuss this week’s football matchup with a member of the opposing team’s media to get a better look at the opposition. This week he’s talking to Efren Diosdado, assistant sports editor for Houston's student newspaper The Daily Cougar.)

Quixem Ramirez: First question and it's a simple one. How good is this Houston team?

Bobcats escape double overtime game with 2-1 victory

The Texas State soccer team seemed poised to continue its winning streak after taking a 1-0 lead in the first half.

But an injury to Elizabeth Havenhill, sophomore defender, in the second half gave the Little Rock Trojans hope. The Trojans tied the game shortly after Havenhill exited.

The Bobcats weren’t as sharp defensively but eventually regained momentum and defeated the Little Rock Trojans 2-1 in overtime. The game-winning goal wasn't scored by Texas State, though.

Little Rock's misstep in the 103rd minute led to the game-winning goal.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said he was pleased with the win but knows the team can improve decision-making.

Analyzing the win: Texas State 2, Little Rock 1

What the win means: With the 2-1 victory, the Texas State soccer now has a (3-0) series lead over Little Rock. More importantly, the win means the Bobcats are undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference and extends their wining streak to six games.

Turning point: The injury to Elizabeth Havenhill, sophomore defender. Following the injury, Little Rock gained some traction against the Bobcats defense. The injury resulted when Havenhill collided with a Trojans’ player inside the penalty box.

Pregame questions for the Bobcats

Here are five questions relevant to the Texas State football teams’ game against Houston. The sports staff will answer these questions following the game.

1. WILL THE TEXAS STATE DEFENSE GET BACK ON TRACK?

To say the Texas State’s defense struggled last week would be an understatement. The Bobcats allowed 56 points and 613 yards against Southern Miss. Now Texas State is traveling to Houston to face off against another high-octane offense. Houston is led by the dual-threat Greg Ward Jr., Cougars junior quarterback, who averages 355 total yards per game, ninth in the nation. The Cougars are averaging 246 rushing yards, which is ranked 17th in the NCAA. This Saturday Texas State’s defense will have another challenge.

Matchups to watch: Texas State vs. Houston

1. Tyler Jones vs. Greg Ward Jr.

This is not a contest between two players competing with each other on the field, but of who will play better as a quarterback. Both players rank in the top-23 in total offense and are coming into a game against defenses ranked in the cellar of the NCAA. Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, and Greg Ward Jr, Cougars junior quarterback, offer dual-threat capability and the defenses should have all eyes on the quarterback. May the best man win.

2. David Mims II vs. Demarcus Ayers

Volleyball wins first conference road game of season

The Texas State volleyball team discovered something new about itself from the first conference road game of the season on Thursday night.

The road is no challenge for the Bobcats.

Texas State traveled to Atlanta to face Georgia State and the Bobcats defeated the Panthers in three straight sets (25-20, 25-17, 25-15).

The Bobcats were in control of the match from beginning to end.

The team trailed Georgia State three times during the match and each deficit was in the first points of the set.

After Texas State gained the lead in each set, the team turned it on and gave Georgia State no hope.

Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, led the team in kills with 15 in 32 attempts and recorded a .438 hit percentage, which is her season-high.

Game preview: Bobcats face familiar foe in last non-conference game

Similar to the game against Prairie View A&M, there is a sense of familiarity with Houston, due to the large majority of Texas State’s players being from that area.

These are players some Bobcats played either with or against in high school. Being focused for this game should not be an issue for Texas State. If Texas State shows up to the Cougars’ backyard like they did in 2012, the Bobcats will be ready to play.

“They’ll speak to it better than I, but I remember in pregame warm-up that night asking a couple of our coaches, ‘Wow. We are kind of weird here, what’s going on?’” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “What it was is they were really ready to play. They had their pencil sharp and they were spot-on.”

Lunch with Coach Fran: Defensive issues plaguing the team

Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, did all he could to earn a pivotal non-conference victory against Southern Mississippi at home.

In the end, not even 470 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns was enough to compensate for something that could potentially doom Texas State if it isn’t sorted out sooner rather than later.

That something would be the defense. Comparatively, Texas State allowed 56 points, 613 total yards and a backup running back to rush for a career-high 230 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

The tired sports cliché says defense wins championships. A bad defense, however, is perhaps more damaging than a bad offense.

Bobcats gearing up for early conference rematch

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Coach Karen Chisum said winning the first two home Sun Belt Conference games were crucial for the Texas State volleyball team because the victories boosted the confidence of the team.

An early conference rematch with Georgia State, who Texas State defeated in four sets Sept. 18, was the last home game before a matchup against Appalachian State.

The win was backed up by Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker and Madison Daigle, freshman middle blocker, as the trio led the team in kills with 14, 13 and 10 accordingly. Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, had a game-high 43 assists.      

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