TXST Rallies, 22-18

After being shutout in the first half, Texas State rebounded in the second half and put up 22 points to beat Louisiana Monroe. BI has the breakdown of the comeback win.

With 5:30 to go in the game, Texas State would get the ball back as the defense held ULM to a 3 and out. The Warhawk defenders looked to be worn, as many had their hands on hips, gasping for air. The Bobcats would continue to pound the rock, and it was a Robert Lowe run right up the gut, that would send him to the end zone 21 yards later for the go ahead, and game winning score with 3:29 left.

His touchdown would cap a 5 play 62 yard drive, where 4 of the 5 plays were rushes. The offense would score 22 points in the 2nd half to propel them to much a needed win.

The Bobcats struggled early to do anything against a stout ULM defense until midway through the third quarter, when the Bobcats would score and continue to do so on three out of their last five possessions. Texas State would rely on their talented corps of running backs to carry them through.

Rob Lowe led the team in rushing with 91 yards on 17 carries and two scores, C.J. Best would lead the team in all purpose yards with 104 (86 rushing off 6 carries). Terrence Franks would have a quite night rushing the ball finishing with a modest 19 yards on 6 carries, but he would help fuel the comeback in the 4th quarter.

Facing a 4th & 5 on the ULM 40 yard line, with 7 minutes to go in the game, Head Coach Dennis Franchione decided to roll the dice. Franks simply came out of the backfield to the left and Tyler Jones hit him with a soft swing pass. Blockers were lined up and 40 yards later Franks found the end zone, virtually untouched. Texas State went for 2 points and Tyler Jones would keep the rock himself and dart in to make it 18-15, with 6:50 to go in the game.

Franks had 2 catches for 68 yards and his one touchdown. Tyler Jones would finish 14 for 20, 141 yards and one passing TD.

The Bobcats began to see success by making good use of the option game with C.J. Best, who played a large role in the first and second scores of the game by breaking off some nice chunks of yardage. Tyler Jones did a great job not forcing anything early on, and remaining patient.

The Texas State defense held strong in the second half, only allowing three points after halftime. David Mayo had another strong showing, and set a new career high in tackles with 22 and one sack. Trey McGowan also had his best game of the season chipping in 17 tackles of his own. After Halftime the Bobcats were able to do a better job of disguising blitzes and forcing the ball out of QB Pete Thomas' hand.

After the Bobcats took their first lead with 3:29 to go, the defense was able to make a critical play on fourth and one and stop the dive up the middle. Texas State was able to capitalize on the momentum and it was evident on both sides of the ball.

While this was not the most ideal way to pull out a "W", the Bobcats will take it however they can get it. The win over ULM is Texas State's first ever Sun Belt road victory. Texas State will now travel to Las Cruces to play New Mexico State next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CST, and Bobcatillustrated will have a full crew on hand to bring you the latest.

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