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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. 

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.


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.


Live analysis: Texas State vs. Houston


Texas State: Chris Nutall 1-yard touchdown run, 12:57.
Drive summary: 13 plays, 85 yards, 4:07.

Key play: Texas State drove down the field methodically with no huge bursts. Just solid gain after solid gain. Can't ask for more offensively. 

Houston: 25-yard touchdown run by Ryan Jackson, 03:52.
Drive summary: 7 plays, 57 yards, 3:50.

Houston 59, Texas State 14: Greg Ward Jr. took over the game, favoring his Demarcus Ayers. He threw him the ball for eight catches, 126 yards, and two touchdowns. Ward totalled for 375 all-purpose yards and six total touchdowns. 


Fall fashion makes its way to campus

As the temperature drops and days get shorter, fashion-minded Bobcats across campus will start to pack away their summer attire and turn toward fall styles.

Top fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar are heralding the latest runway styles. Here on campus, many students are taking a more classic approach to their cold weather lineup.

Olive green military-style jackets are a staple for many fall looks. The piece is versatile enough to be paired with girly, boho or minimalist styles.

“I really like the green jackets, they look good with a lot of looks,” said Mallonie Zhivotovskaya, psychology freshman.

Zhivotovskaya said she would pair hers with black jeans, a thin sweater underneath, leather black booties and a cute scarf.

Q&A with Frank T. Arredondo, Place 5 city council candidate

San Marcos City Council elections are quickly approaching. The University Star sat down with Place 5 candidate Frank T. Arredondo to discuss his campaign.

Born: November 28, 1946, San Marcos, Texas

Occupation: Retired

Education: B.B.A. Southwest Texas University, attended Executive School of Management at San Diego University


Alexa Tavarez: Where do you call home and why?

Frank T. Arredondo: Here in San Marcos. I was born here. I love the community. I’ve given a lot of community service to it.

AT: Why did you decide to run for public office?

Three-day festival brings music, tubing to San Marcos

Unicorns could be seen floating at Cool River Ranch this weekend. 

San Martians came in troves, equipped with inflatable unicorn inner tubes and beach balls Aug. 28-30 for the second annual Float Fest event.

The festival featured a unique vibe and unforgettable performances across two stages and three days. Festivalgoers listened to artists such as Local Natives, Ghostland Observatory and Phantogram.

Each day of the festival showcased very different genres of music.

Friday’s lineup highlighted mostly indie rock artists whose performances seemed to be a carefree representation of what many of the musical artists abilities.

Float Fest 2015: Friday Recap

Festival attendees floated 2 and a half miles to Cool River Ranch August 28 to attend the first day of Float Fest.

The day was filled with an eclectic lineup that ranged from indie rock to future disco performed by new and well-known artists.

Sons of Stan fans began to trickle in for their 4:15 p.m. show, but it seemed like most people chose to stay at the river until much later.

Walker Lukens and his accompanying band The Side Arms were up next for a set that consumed audience members with its whimsical groove.

Festivalgoers dressed casually in t-shirts, bathing suits and the occasional flower crown began returning from the river in bigger crowds just in time for The Eastern Sea.


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