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Prater's three goals help Bobcats defeat Cardinals 4-2

Lauren Prater, junior forward, scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute. That wasn't the end of her night though. 

Prater finished with three goals in the Texas State soccer teams' 4-2 victory against Lamar Sunday afternoon. Her second and third goals occured in the 61st and 62nd minute. 

Prater, who leads the team with seven goals in eight games, completed the program's first hat trick since Sept. 12, 2012. 

Texas State succeeded in taking care of the task at hand — maintain momentum.

The 4-2 win over Lamar Sunday afternoon extended the team’s winning streak to five games and concluded the non-conference slate with a 6-2-0 record.

Analyzing the win: Texas State 4, Lamar 2

What the win means: The 3-1 victory against Lamar Sunday afternoon extends the Texas State soccer teams' winning streak to five games and improves the regular season record to 6-2-0.

Turning point: The turning point happened in the 61st minute when Lauren Prater, junior forward, broke the 1-1 tie. The Bobcats came out flat in the second half until Prater regained the momentum for the Texas State attack.

Bobcats finish weekend with three-set sweep against Louisiana-Lafayette

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The Texas State volleyball team swept Louisiana-Lafayette in three sets (26-24, 25-17, 25-18) Sunday afternoon.

Texas State now opens up conference 2-0 after last Friday's four-set victory over Georgia State. 

The pivotal moment of the game came early as Texas State found themselves facing set point in the first set when Louisiana-Lafayette had a 24-21 lead. Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, had four straight kills to give the Bobcats a 25-24 lead.

A Louisiana-Lafayette attack error gave them the 26-24 win in the first set

Notebook: Franchione to evaluate struggling defense

Once again, the Texas State football teams’ defense was exposed.

It was a matter of being outclassed against Florida State. Against Prairie View A&M, the Texas State defense clamped down on the running game but allowed 323 passing yards to a FCS level team.

The 56-50 loss to Southern Mississippi was a manifestation of both. The Bobcats were picked apart through the air, in the running game and everything in between.

Southern Mississippi tallied 613 total yards – 333 passing and 280 rushing.

“We are going to have to go back to the drawing board and analyze and see what we can do to find a way to make some stops,” said Coach Dennis Franchione.

Answering our pregame questions: Texas State vs. Southern Mississippi

Prior to the Texas State football teams' matchup against Southern Mississippi, we posed five questions relevant to the game. Here's how the answers played out Saturday night.

1. HOW WILL THE OFFENSIVE LINE FARE THIS TIME AROUND?

Texas State allowed three sacks, eclipsing the season total (1) in one game. The offense was still humming and the offensive line created space for Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, to utilize his legs. Jones picked up a career-high 160 rushing yards, in part to the offensive line maintaining their blocks to set up designed quarterback runs.

2. WHICH DEFENSE WILL STEP UP?

Bobcats outpaced 56-50 against Golden Eagles

Coach Dennis Franchione expected a high scoring game heading into the matchup against Southern Mississippi.

Well, he got that in spades.

“I’m not sure I foresaw this many points,” Franchione said. “I did think that it would be in the thirties or forties.”

Tonight’s total score (106) is the second highest that Texas State has ever had in a game since joining FBS in 2012. The highest was a 62-55 loss to Louisiana Tech in 2012.

Franchione and Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, shared the same thought, but the other team made a couple more plays during the game.

Five key plays from Texas State's 56-50 loss to Southern Mississippi

The Texas State football team scored 50 points but it was not enough to topple the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Here are the five key plays from the loss.

1. Whoops, the referees did it again

Southern Mississippi’s first drive in the third quarter started after Texas State went 3-and-out on their first drive. Texas State led the game 25-21 and the game was still anybody’s for the taking.

Analyzing the loss: Southern Mississippi 56, Texas State 50

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.

First half analysis: Texas State 25, Southern Mississippi 21

Responding to adversity: Southern Mississippi scored a touchdown on its first three possessions of the game, but eventually Texas State settled in on both sides of the ball. The Golden Eagles went scoreless for the last 14 minutes of the game. The deficit, which was at once 18 points, was eliminated in less than one quarter.

Second time is the charm: The second quarter belonged to Texas State, which scored 22 of its 25 first-half points in the quarter.  

Missed tackles: Texas State seems to have recorded more missed tackles than points in the first quarter. Jordan Mitchell, Golden Eagles freshman wide receiver, had four defenders touch him on his 19-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

Live analysis: Texas State vs. Southern Mississippi

FOURTH QUARTER

Southern Mississippi: 52-yard touchdown catch for Casey Martin, 13:36.
Drive summary: 3 plays, 52 yards, 1:12.

Key play: Nick Mullens found Casey Martin again for another long pass. There is a common theme happening here.

Texas State: Robert Lowe two-yard touchdown rush, 8:12.
Drive summary: 14 plays, 84 yards, 5:24.

Key play: Tyler Jones ran the ball effectively on this drive. Jones picked up multiple first downs with his legs and capped off the drive with his buddy from those DIRECTV commercials.

Texas State: Tyler Jones 54-yard touchdown rush, 7:59.
Drive summary: 1 play, 54 yards, 0:13.

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