Bobcats "Bowl" over GSU

Texas State would rack up over 600 yards of offense, 340 on the ground, and a 24 point second quarter to put away the Panthers on Saturday afternoon for their 7th win of the season.

(Courtesy of Texas State Athletics)

ATLANTA – The Texas State football team took its momentum from last Thursday against Arkansas State and expanded on it, routing Georgia State 54-31, Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Texas State took firm control of the game right before halftime when Craig Mager intercepted a pass as the Panthers were driving deep into Bobcat territory. Following Mager's return to the Texas State 46 yard line, Tyler Jones needed just three passes in the final 32 seconds of the first half to give the Bobcats a 27-3 lead. Jones hit C.J. Best in the right corner of the end zone for the score, which was his second TD pass of the day.

Jones came out of halftime and continued right where he left off, shaking off defenders as he did a spin move to get away from would-be tacklers and ran 13 yards for a touchdown, for a 34-3 lead. Jones finished the game with four total touchdowns, two rushing and two receiving. Earlier in the game, Jones had faked a pitch to Robert Lowe before planting his foot in the ground and darting left to wide open space for the game's first TD.

David Mims put the exclamation mark on the game, as Georgia State was looking to close the deficit late in the game. Mims jumped a comeback route and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown, to make the score 54-31. It was his fifth interception of the season.

Robert Lowe helped pace the Bobcats' offense for the second straight game, rushing for 146 yards on 20 carries. Lowe also helped the receiving game with three catches, including being on the receiving end of the first of Jones' two TD passes on the day.

Best was the team's top target for the second straight week, going over 100 yards receiving two weeks in a row. He finished with a career-high 11 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. Texas State completed its regular season 7-5, and will now await its fate for bowl invitations.

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