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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. 

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

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

Behind Enemy Lines: Breaking down Texas State vs. Houston

(Editor’s note: Behind Enemy Lines is a weekly University Star feature, where sports editor Quixem Ramirez will discuss this week’s football matchup with a member of the opposing team’s media to get a better look at the opposition. This week he’s talking to Efren Diosdado, assistant sports editor for Houston's student newspaper The Daily Cougar.)

Quixem Ramirez: First question and it's a simple one. How good is this Houston team?

Lunch with Coach Fran: Defensive issues plaguing the team

Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, did all he could to earn a pivotal non-conference victory against Southern Mississippi at home.

In the end, not even 470 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns was enough to compensate for something that could potentially doom Texas State if it isn’t sorted out sooner rather than later.

That something would be the defense. Comparatively, Texas State allowed 56 points, 613 total yards and a backup running back to rush for a career-high 230 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

The tired sports cliché says defense wins championships. A bad defense, however, is perhaps more damaging than a bad offense.

Prater earns Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week

After Lauren Prater, junior forward, notched the Texas State soccer program's first hat trick since 2010, this was a given.

Prater is the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week, capping a weekend in which she scored three goals in Texas State's 4-2 win over Lamar Sunday afternoon. Her goals occured in the 17th, 62nd and 63rd minutes -- the last two happened 38 seconds apart. 

In all, Prater leads the team in goals (7) and points (15) this season. Before the season, the intention was to utilize Prater as a backup but she worked her way into a spot in the starting rotation, with six consecutive starts.

Jones named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week

A career-best performance against Southern Mississippi was not enough for Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, to earn the Texas State football teams' second win of the season.

Jones will have to settle with being the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week. In the 56-50 loss, Jones accounted for a career-high 470 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns. 

Jones ran for 160 yards on 18 carries, including two touchdown runs of 54 and 35 yards. He completed 31 of 46 passes for 333 yards, with eight different receivers totaling a reception. 

Facing a 21-point deficit in the third quarter, Jones led two touchdown drives to shave the difference to seven points. It would have been the second double-digit deficit erased under Jones' tutelage.

Game rewind: Jones turns in career-best performance against Southern Mississippi

In a game with 1,204 total yards, there was one player who accounted for more than a third of that total.

That rare distinction belongs to Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, who finished the 56-50 loss to Southern Mississippi Saturday night with a career-high 470 all-purpose yards.

His performance nearly allowed Texas State to come away with a victory despite its defense allowing 613 yards.

What Jones’ stats don’t tell you is that he needed to help his team rally from two double-digit deficits in the same game.

Notebook: Franchione to evaluate struggling defense

Once again, the Texas State football teams’ defense was exposed.

It was a matter of being outclassed against Florida State. Against Prairie View A&M, the Texas State defense clamped down on the running game but allowed 323 passing yards to a FCS level team.

The 56-50 loss to Southern Mississippi was a manifestation of both. The Bobcats were picked apart through the air, in the running game and everything in between.

Southern Mississippi tallied 613 total yards – 333 passing and 280 rushing.

“We are going to have to go back to the drawing board and analyze and see what we can do to find a way to make some stops,” said Coach Dennis Franchione.

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