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Soccer outpaces Northwestern 4-0 on the road

The Texas State soccer team took an early lead Sunday and never looked back.

Kira Zapalac, sophomore midfielder, made her mark in the 12th minute by scoring on the first look at goal. Zapalac received the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and was able to turn and attempt a shot.

Stephen F. Austin surrendered an own goal to put the Bobcats up 2-0 late in the first half. Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the own goal was a testament to the Bobcats’ pressure.

“Our presence and our determination took us to a ball and forced them into a mistake and they paid for it,” Scoggins said.

The mistake was too much to overcome for the Ladyjacks as Texas State went on to win 4-0 Sunday afternoon in Nacogdoches.

Notebook: Big plays spurred the Bobcats' victory over Prairie View A&M

Big plays were few and far in between in the Texas State football teams’ season opener against Florida State.

A week later, the opposite was true. Texas State had more than enough big plays to spare against Prairie View A&M.

For starters, the increase was likely due in large part to the disparity in competition. Florida State is, well, Florida State. Their pedigree speaks for itself. Prairie View A&M is a FCS school.

“We went with one end of the spectrum Florida State to the other end of the spectrum in playing a FCS school,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “To our credit, we never let them breathe, never let them have a chance, never let them in it.”

Prairie View A&M allowed 649 yards in the loss Saturday night.

Answering our pregame questions

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

1. WILL TYLER JONES BOUNCE BACK?

Jones bounced back from Florida State with a nearly flawless performance against Prairie View A&M. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. If not for Demun Mercer, Jones would have reached 300 yards and four passing touchdowns. Mercer, with no defender in striking distance, dropped what would have been an easy touchdown in the second quarter.

Bobcats pounce on Panthers for 63-24 win

Brandon McDowell, sophomore cornerback, stood on the 15-yard line waiting to field a punt at the end of the first quarter.

With defenders draped around him, McDowell found a way to field the punt. He wiggled his way out of traffic to the right side of the field and took the punt 95 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first quarter.

“I thought about fair catching it at first, but we saw on film that there is holes in their punt team, so I just grabbed it, saw a lane to the right, hit it, just started cutting, and I had to cut because I was tired and didn’t think I could out run them,” McDowell said.

Five key plays from Texas State's home opener

The Texas State football team scored 63 points in its home opener. Here's the five key plays from the win.

1. A new school record

Prairie View A&M was trailing 27-3 with a couple seconds remaining in the first quarter, facing a 3rd-and-15 on Texas State’s 43 yard-line. The Panthers punted in order to pin the Bobcats in their own territory, but their plan was foiled by Brandon McDowell, sophomore cornerback.

Analyzing the Bobcats' 63-24 victory against Prairie View A&M

What the win means: The win doesn’t mean much simply because the win was basically inevitable. Texas State was a 95 percent favorite according to the ESPN’s Football Power Index.The real barometer for this team will be the Southern Miss and Houston games.

Why the Bobcats won: It’s Prairie View A&M. Prairie View A&M is the equivalent of what Texas State was to Florida State in the season opener. Texas State is more established.

Prairie View is an FCS program as opposed to Texas State, a member of the FBS since 2012. Texas State just outplayed Prairie View in every facet of the game. Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, had more touchdowns (3) than incompletions (2), exhibiting the Bobcats’ talent advantage.

Three takeaways from the Bobcats' first half against Prairie View A&M

Here are three takeaways from the Texas State football teams' first half performance. The Bobcats are leading Prairie View A&M 56-17 entering halftime. 

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M ISN’T FLORIDA STATE

Clearly. Texas State picked up 258 total yards in the first quarter alone on 21 plays (12.3 yards per play). The Bobcats’ matched the program high for points in the first quarter since Coach Dennis Franchione’s second stint with the team.

In sum, Texas State totaled 440 yards in the first half, marking a FBS-era record for the program. The record didn’t last long. Texas State topped last year’s gaudy mark from the home opener, which ended in a 65-0 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

BEND DON’T BREAK

Live analysis: Texas State vs. Prairie View A&M

FOURTH QUARTER

Prairie View A&M: Demarquo Lastrappe 28-yard touchdown pass from Trey Green, 8:44 left
Drive summary: 1 play, 28 yards, 0:07, 

Key play: Brandon McDowell giveth, Brandon McDowell taketh away. McDowell wasn't successful this time around, fumbling the ball to Prairie View A&M. His gamble resulted in a school record 95-yard punt for a touchdown in the first quarter. This time around, the Panthers knocked the ball out of his hands. 

THIRD QUARTER

Texas State: Chris Nutall 21-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Jones (Kaba extra point), 10:02 
Drive summary: 4 plays, 72 yards, 1:33

Cross Country works as a collective unit to complete Rice Invitational

Turning words into actions is what the Texas State ross country team did Friday night at the 40th annual Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas.
 
Coach Giles McDonnell has been preaching teamwork all week. When the race came around they did just that, worked off of each other to improve.
 
"They ran better than they would've as individuals," McDonnell said.
 
On the men's side freshman Joseph Meade, sophomore Logan Pittdman, junior Alec Saucedo and sophomore Jordan Janer all stayed together throughout the race.
 

Volleyball defeated in four sets by Northern Illinois

The Texas State volleyball team came into Saturday’s match against Northern Illinois with a chance to make its mark in the Shocker Classic.

The Bobcats came up short in their efforts as they lost to the Northern Illinois Huskies in four sets (23-25, 25-23, 20-25, 13-25).

Texas State and Northern Illinois looked even in the first two sets as both came down to a two-point victory.

Northern Illinois won the final two sets 50-33.

Texas State beat themselves over and over in the match and they could not recover.

The Bobcats recorded a total of 25 errors, their highest mark this season in matches shorter than five sets.

Many of the errors came on attack errors from Jenna Radtke, Huskies junior middle blocker.

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