Matt Gurevitz

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.

Practice report: Bobcats moving on to Houston

Following last week’s loss to Southern Mississippi, the Texas State football team has its mind on the next opponent: Houston Cougars.

The Bobcats will be making the 154-mile commute to TDECU stadium in Houston this weekend.

Because of the short distance between each school, Coach Dennis Franchione decided to close all practices to the public this week.

Being a head coach is like playing chess and this is the move that Franchione wants to make to give his team the best chance to check mate the Cougars.

Franchione is using this strategy so nobody from Houston will be able to see what Texas State is working on this week in practice. Franchione is a coach who isn’t shy about sprinkling in trick plays and there could be a few on Saturday.

Next up for the Bobcats: Houston

About Texas State: The Texas State football team is going into Houston looking for its first win on the road. The Bobcats have the majority of their tough games on the road this season, so they will need to get comfortable in enemy territory. The team is currently 0-1 on the road after facing Florida State in the first week.

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.

Bobcats begin conference play with four-set win against Georgia State

The Sun Belt Conference season began with a bang for the Texas State volleyball team.

Texas State took control of the match early and took care of business against the Georgia State Panthers, 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17).

Texas State came out focused as they won the first two sets, but set two was not easy.

Georgia State began to comeback in set number two after a 6-1 run to bring the score to 15-14.

It was time to buckle down for Texas State, and they finished off the set on a 10-4 run to give them two sets to the Panther’s zero.

Texas State couldn’t fight off Georgia State in set three to sweep the match, but set four was all Bobcats.

Analyzing the victory: Texas State 3, Georgia State 1

What the win means: This match began conference play for both teams, and the Bobcats showed their presence throughout. Texas State dominated the majority of the match even though Georgia State ran away with some big runs. Texas State recorded a better hit percentage, more kills, set assists, and digs than the Panthers. The Bobcats were projected to finish second in the Sun Belt this season and they showed why tonight.

Practice report: Bobcats gearing up for Southern Mississippi after a victory

Tuesday’s practice kicked off something new for the Texas State football team this season. Practicing after a victory.

Texas State took care of business last Saturday against Prairie View A&M at home, 63-24, for their first win of the year.

With the win, the Bobcats are keeping their eyes forward on to the next opponent.

Hoppe solidifying role on the team

The setter position is one that requires experience and chemistry with the rest of the team. For Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, gaining the trust of her teammates has not been a problem.

Hoppe is a newcomer to the team after she decided to transfer to Texas State in January.

Since joining the team, Hoppe has begun battling Emily Shelton, junior setter, for a role.

Hoppe and Shelton know their playing time relies on how they perform.

The two athletes are not letting the competition between them impact their camaraderie.

“It’s been really cool competing with her and we know since it’s just us two that we need to push each other,” Hoppe said. “We’ve been so supportive of each other, and we have become really good friends.”

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