Turning Point: Georgia Southern
For those that live and die by the old school coaching philosophy that one play cannot win or lose you a game, we agree. However, it can have a tremendous impact and shape the outcome. That's exactly what happened as the Bobcats were on the goal line ending the third quarter, trying to make it a one possession game. With good field position to start the drive at their own 45, Tyler Jones would march the Texas State offense quickly into Ga. Southern's red zone. Aided by a 23 yard hook up with Brandon Smith, then a 14 yard scramble by Jones on a QB keeper, the Bobcats were down to the Eagles 9 yard line in a flash. On 1st and Goal, Terrence Franks would rush for 4 yards over the left tackle. Next, Jones would lose a yard trying to rush over the left side. On 3rd and Goal, Jones would hit Robert Lowe in the flats for a near touchdown as he would fight down to the 1 yard line along the TXST sideline. Down 11 points, on your opponents goal line, with time starting to be a factor, Texas State lined up to punch it in. From the shotgun, Jones had two tight ends stacked split out, one behind the other to his right. The ball was snapped, he faked the read hand-off, began to roll right. One tight end ran an in route, the other broke outside on an out route. Jones lobbed the ball to a point where both tight ends had split, and sitting right there was Georgia Southern DB Matt Dobson. He would return the INT 100 yards untouched for what would be essentially the "Turning Point" in the game. On the verge of bringing the game to within one scoring possession, the 'Cats were now looking at an 18 point deficit with only one quarter left to play. Momentum was clearly on Texas State's side before the pick. They had just scored the drive before, and were looking at making it two consecutive driving touchdowns. In one play, almost all the energy, and buzz was sucked out in a vacuum. The offense would get the ball back immediately and go 3 and out before rallying for 15 more points in the 4th quarter.
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