Samuel Rubbelke

2013 Report Card: Football

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Texas State football became bowl eligible for the first time in school history Nov. 2 with a 37—21 victory over Idaho.

The Bobcats became the second fastest program in history to become bowl eligible after joining the Football Bowl Subdivision. Marshall University was the fastest program to reach bowl eligibility after joining the FBS in 1997.

When Texas State became bowl eligible, the team possessed a record of 6—3, but went on to drop its final three games to end with a .500 record on the season. The only other team to lose its last three conference games in the Sun Belt was Georgia State, which lost 12 games.

Team defeated by Southern Methodist, record now 0–4

The Texas State men’s basketball team fell to 0–4 for the season Wednesday night, losing to SMU 70–49.

Texas State recorded four points in the paint at the half, allowing the Mustangs to score 18 points near the rim. This marks the first time this season the Bobcats’ score was doubled by half time. SMU posted 41 points, limiting Texas State to 20. SMU guard Nick Russell led the first half charge with 12 points and two assists.

“I thought our team lost hope during the first half,” said Coach Danny Kaspar. “The second half we played with a little more energy. They have to do this without a tongue lashing from me at halftime. Our players have to believe in themselves.”   

Bobcats lose to Golden Eagles, drop to 0-3

Oral Roberts University shot 60.4 percent from the field Saturday, defeating Texas State 82-65 in Tulsa, Okla. and making the Bobcats 0-3 for the first time in a decade.

Oral Roberts connected on 10 3-pointers, shooting 37.3 percent better than the Bobcats from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles were 2-of-17 with from the 3-point line prior to the game.

“We have to shoot the ball better,” said Coach Danny Kaspar. “We’re supposed to have some shooters. We didn’t make them (Saturday). They were in the passing lanes and played great defense.”

Oral Roberts guard Obi Emegano set a career-high 27 points, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point range and 9-of-12 from the floor. Emegano’s 27 points exceeded his previous best of 25 while at Western Illinois.  

Basketball seek to rebound from Tuesday’s loss against SFA

The men’s basketball program now has a 0–2 record, marking the first time Coach Danny Kaspar has begun a season with two losses since his second year at Stephen F. Austin.

“I’m asking more from them than they’ve ever been asked to do,” Kaspar said. “I’m trying to be patient with them. If I’m going to go through a two-and-a-half-hour practice and get on their ass, I’m saying I believe in them. They have to expect more of themselves.”  

The Bobcats are transitioning away from former Coach Doug Davalos’ offensive system and adjusting to Kaspar’s emphasis on protecting the basketball and the rim.

Bobcats defeated by Stephen F. Austin 64–57 in home opener Tuesday night

Texas State basketball player #5 taking on opposing teams #35

The Texas State men’s basketball team fell short to Coach Danny Kaspar’s former team Stephen F. Austin Tuesday in its home opener 64–57.

“We won with a lot of veteran players,” said Lumberjacks Coach Brad Underwood. “We won with a lot of guys Kaspar recruited, and who had a lot of success last year with 27 wins. What’s very evident was Kaspar created a tremendous culture of winning here at SFA. That became evident tonight.”

Basketball prepares to face coach’s former team

Coach Danny Kaspar will encounter his former team, Stephen F. Austin, for the Bobcats’ home opener at Strahan Coliseum Tuesday.

In 13 years of coaching the men’s basketball program, Kaspar led the Lumberjacks to 246 total victories. He helped SFA lead the nation twice in defensive scoring, in 2011 and 2012.

“I would not have scheduled this game had I known I would be working here,” Kaspar said. “It’s very tough playing your old team. I love those kids over there. Except for the conference championship loss, it was a dream season. These are very cerebral, hardworking, tough young men. We have to come play.”

Coach Kaspar challenges Bobcats to compete in Sun Belt

It is a new era for Bobcat basketball with a new coach, a different conference and heightened expectations.

This past year with Stephen F. Austin, Coach Danny Kaspar led the Lumberjacks to a 27-5 overall record. SFA ranked fourth amongst NCAA Division I teams with an 84.4 winning percentage entering the Final Four. Kaspar and the Lumberjacks led the nation in defensive scoring last year, allowing 51.2 points per game. Kaspar accomplished this feat in 2010-11 as well, giving up 56.7 points per contest.

Kaspar was honored with the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding mid-major men’s basketball coach in NCAA Division I competition.

Bobcats bowl eligible for first time in history

The Texas State football team became bowl eligible for the first time in school history Saturday with a 37–21 victory over Idaho.

The team is also the second fastest in history to become bowl eligible after joining the Football Bowl Subdivision. Marshall University was the fastest program to reach bowl eligibility after joining the FBS in 1997.

“We’re bowl eligible, but we know there’s no guarantees,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “You’d like to think we’re attractive. It’s only our second year in the FBS.”

Win over Idaho makes Texas State bowl eligible for first time in school history

The Texas State football team became bowl-eligible Saturday, in its second year of playing in the FBS, with a 37-21 victory over Idaho.

With six seconds remaining before halftime, freshman quarterback Tyler Jones completed a pass in the back of the end zone on the Idaho four-yard line to senior wide receiver Isaiah Battle for a touchdown. The one-handed catch gave the Bobcats a 23-14 lead.

The freshman quarterback ended the first half completing 13 of 14 passes for 132 yards. Jones recorded a career-high 19 completions for the game.

Texas State to face future Sun Belt opponent

Texas State will encounter soon-to-be Sun Belt Conference member Idaho for its sixth possible win of the season, the most for the Bobcats since joining the FBS.

Coach Dennis Franchione and the Bobcats are 0-2 on the road against the Vandals. Idaho currently holds a 1-7 record, and the team is allowing 45.13 points per game on defense. The one time the Vandals’ defense limited an opposing offense to less than 40 points was in their homecoming game against Temple. Idaho registered a 26-24 victory over the Owls.

“They got thrown into the conference realignment phase without a place to go,” Franchione said. “As a result, their record is a little deceiving. They’ve played a tough schedule.”

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