Players Of The Game: Illinois

The Bobcats had a gritty effort fall just short against Illinois. We had more than a few key performers to choose from, but in the end, our staff decided on this QB and DB.

OFFENSE: QB Tyler Jones (So.)

His late interception was crucial, no doubt, but his performance was a big reason why Texas State was up by as many as 15 points and in it until the very end. Jones finished the night with a career high in passing yards, 336, going 29 of 43, along with four touchdowns through the air and another on the ground.

Jones came out and showed what he is capable of by, spreading the ball over the field and getting his perimeter receivers more involved in the offense. This led to WR Ben Ijah having his best game of his career taking in two touchdowns. He completed passes to nine different receivers with eight of them recording multiple receptions.

DEFENSE: FS Safety Colby Targun (Sr.)

He did his part Saturday, to give the Bobcats a chance to win the game, pulling in an interception in the 3rd quarter and returning it 48 yards into the red zone to set up Texas State for the lead after falling behind on 19 consecutive points by Illinois. Targun also added 5 tackles, and a pass deflection, to round out his performance for the night.

His interception came off an over thrown ball by Illinois QB Wes Lunt in the 3rd quarter, where he did well to be in position over the top and secure the catch. His pick helped slow the Fighting Illini for the moment and was what the Bobcats needed to get back on the board.

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