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Bobcats attempt to bounce back from three-game losing streak

The Texas State men’s basketball team is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, and the offense has failed to exceed 60 points in three of the four losses.

To break the streak, the Bobcats will need to beat Louisiana-Lafayette, an opponent Coach Danny Kaspar called “one of the more talented teams in the conference.”

“It's a tough opponent for us,” Kaspar said. “We are going to have to play better offensively than we have been in the last three or four games.”

Shawn Long, Ragin’ Cajuns junior forward, is averaging a team-high 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Long, a 6-foot-9 forward, is a projected selection in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com.

PRACTICE REPORT: Texas State preparing for Homecoming game against Idaho after overtime win

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The Texas State football team is preparing for another high-octane passing attack for the third consecutive week.

The 0-4 Idaho Vandals, led by freshman quarterback Matt Linehan, rank 20th in passing yards per game.

Following a triple-overtime victory against Tulsa, the Bobcats have to shift gears into conference season.

“Every day is somewhere for improvement,” secondary coach Jason Washington said. “That was a good win, but we have to put it behind us and concentrate on Idaho. We have to come out and perform. It won’t be easy.”

Linehan is 17th in the nation in total passing yards. His 1,297 yards are the second-highest among freshmen behind Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon.

Bobcats weather storm, defeat Tulsa in triple overtime

Terrence Franks, senior running back, plopped to the ground in disbelief, overcome with emotion. 

For Franks, a fifth year senior, his game-winning two-yard touchdown run in the Bobcats' 37-34 triple overtime victory was the culmination of years of hard work. He bounced around two coaches, two conferences and he doubted his ability. He pondered transferring from Texas State.

When Rob Lowe, junior running back, missed the game with a knee injury, Franks stepped in and punched in the game's winning touchdown. 

"I told my team, 'I've got your back -- just lean on me," Franks said. "That's what I did. This means a lot to me. I had a chip on my shoulder to keep pushing and keep pounding the rock."

Chisum expects Bobcats to maintain conference record

The Texas State volleyball team and its upcoming opponent, South Alabama, will begin their Sept. 25 match with perfect records against Sun Belt conference competitors.

Coach Karen Chisum speaks matter-of-factly when she says her team will finish the match with that accolade intact.

“One of us will no longer be undefeated in conference after Thursday night,” Chisum said. “It’s not going to be the Bobcats.”

In their last two meetings, Texas State won the first match at home but fell in five sets at Alabama. The Bobcats committed 13 service errors in their 2013 loss against South Alabama. Chisum said errors were the culprit for the loss.

Practice Report: Bobcats look to even non-conference record

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The Texas State football team, currently in a two-game losing streak, and the Tulsa Hurricanes, 1-2 overall, are heading into their Sept. 27 matchup.

The victor will have a 50.0 winning percentage in nonconference play.

“These are two teams that want to win,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “We both want to get back in the good column, especially being our last game before conference play.”

Franchione did not make a big adjustment in practice, as both Tulsa and Illinois generate offense with passing rather than running.

“There is really not much of a preparation difference,” senior cornerback Craig Mager said. “They both like to throw the ball whether it is a pro-style offense or spread. Just a few little things here and there.”

Beyond the Game: Terrence Franks

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Terrence Franks, senior running back, has seen it all.

In the five years he has been at Texas State, the coaching staff changed several times, the team shifted conferences twice and the depth chart fluctuated.

“Terrence has been a great young man to coach,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “Terrence is a great person, a really tough kid and a very resilient kid that is mentally tough.” 

Franks was recruited out of Angleton High School just outside of the Houston area. Coach Brad Wright and recruiting coordinator Charlie Reeve brought him into the football program.

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