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He's coming home: Mercer returns to his own 'backyard'

On Saturday night, one of Houston’s own had the first homecoming of his collegiate career.

That someone was Demun Mercer, sophomore wide receiver.

Mercer was born in Louisiana, but has lived in Houston since he was in fifth grade. His uncle is a pastor at a church on Francis Street, which is just a few blocks away from the University of Houston and across the street from the football stadium.

“Growing up, I’ve seen the stadium,” Mercer said. “Basically like being in the backyard, hearing the announcers announce other guys before my time. It’s a good experience living in that area.”

John Thompson resigns as defensive coordinator

In the face of another blowout, John Thompson has resigned as Texas State's defensive coordinator. 

Thompson's resignation was first reported by College Football Talk. 

Texas State has not appointed an interim defensive coordinator to replace Thompson, who accepted the job prior to the 2014 season. 

Last season, Texas State finished seventh in the Sun Belt Conference in total defense. 

This season has been a different story. The Bobcats are allowing 49.5 points per game, ranking the team last in the entire country. Only one team in Division I (SMU) is giving up more yards per game than Texas State. 

Curry's goal in overtime clinches 3-2 victory for the Bobcats

The Texas State soccer team trailed late in regulation to the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Just before the final whistle, Lauren Prater, junior forward, received a pass from a teammate and lofted the ball over the goalkeeper to tie the game at 1-1 in the 83rd minute.

It wasn’t long before the Bobcats took advantage, as Lynsey Curry, senior forward, scored the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute.

The goal propelled the Bobcats to a 3-2 victory over the Red Wolves Sunday afternoon and moved their conference record to 2-0.

Although the Bobcats controlled possession throughout the game the team needed to come from behind twice to tie the game.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the team was resilient but they failed to follow the scouting report.

Analyzing the win: Texas State 3, Arkansas State 2

What the win means: The Texas State soccer team has a seven game winning streak, the program's longest since 2011.

It also means the Bobcats have an early lead in the conference standings at 2-0. Conference games are the most important games on the schedule because it determines the post-season tournament seeding. The win gives the Bobcats a 3-0 all-time series lead over Arkansas State.

Turning point: Halftime. The Bobcats had plenty of opportunities in the first half but were down 1-0. Then Texa State came out in the second half and played aggressive and had better connections.

Notebook: Defensive miscues flare up again in loss to Cougars

Texas State’s defense had already set the bar low.

Somehow, the unit found a way to reach a new low in the 59-14 loss to Houston at TDECU Stadium.

Recurring issues resurfaced against the Cougars – missed tackles, inability to contain the quarterback, allowing too many long-yardage plays, remaining on the field for too long. The list goes on and on.

The only thing that has remained consistent over four games is the opposition putting up points.

Greg Ward Jr., Cougars junior quarterback, skirted defenders from sideline to sideline. He nimbly contorted the defense into doing what he wanted them to do. In all, he averaged 11.8 yards per play.

Five key plays from Texas State's 59-14 loss to Houston

The Texas State football team allowed an opponent to score more than 50 points for the third time this season. Here are the five key plays from the 59-14 loss to Houston Saturday night.

1. So it begins

On the second play of the game, Greg Ward Jr. ran to the left side for 35 yards. While the play wasn’t game-changing in a microcosm, Ward Jr. set the tone for the rest of the game after his first carry. He made sure to dictate the action and not the other way around. Texas State’s defense chased him around the field for the entire game to no avail.

2. Not the Best play

Ward Jr., Cougars expose Bobcats in 59-14 victory

Touchdown Greg Ward Jr.

Texas State players, coaches, and fans heard that sentence six times Saturday night. Count them: one, two, three, four, five, six.

Greg Ward Jr., Cougars junior quarterback, was unstoppable in this game. He displayed speed to get around the edge on numerous scrambling plays that recquired improvisation. Ward Jr. finished the game with 375 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns.

“He’s a special athlete,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We had trouble getting him on the ground. His athleticism and speed was certainly prevalent. He threw a good ball. He’s a really good player.”

Analyzing the loss: Houston 59, Texas State 14

What the loss means: The Texas State football team is in trouble. Six wins wasn’t enough to get a bowl game in 2013. Seven wins wasn’t enough last year.

You’d think eight wins would leave no doubt. To realistically accomplish that, Texas State needs to win seven of their eight conference games to make the 8-4 threshold. At this point, beating Georgia Southern, Arkansas State, and Louisiana-Lafayette all on the road seems unlikely.

Why the Bobcats lost: Houston is too good. The talent difference was extremely prevalent. There is a reason this team has 22 votes in the AP coaches poll. Houston finished with 366 rushing yards and 323 passing yards. Enough said. 

Volleyball drops first conference game of season

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Two teams entered Saturday night's game with an undefeated record in the Sun Belt Conference. Only one team -- Texas State or Appalachian State -- would leave with that undefeated record still in tact.

Coming off their 3-0 sweep rematch with Georgia State on Thursday, the Bobcats had momentum going into their matchup against Appalachian State but a lack of finishing attacks and too many errors resulted in a three-set loss (14-25, 21-25, 16-25) and Texas State's first loss in the conference.  

"Appalachian State is a very good team, few mistakes tonight," said Coach Karen Chisum. "Definitely top three in the conference." 

First half analysis: Houston 42, Texas State 7

Here are four takeaways from the Texas State football teams' first half against Houston. The Bobcats are losing 42-7.

BREAK, DON’T BEND

It’s been more of the same for the Texas State defense – break, don’t bend. In the first quarter alone, Houston rang up 200 total yards and 14 points. Nothing changed in the second quarter. The Cougars finished the half with 35 points and 428 yards. Everything was working for the Cougars from an offensive standpoint.

IT’S GREG WARD JR.’S WORLD

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