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Player Of The Game

Texas State hung blow for blow with the 10th ranked Seminoles for one half, and then the bigger, more talented team took over. The sliver lining in a 59-16 loss can be tough to see, but this special teamer stood out after his kicking/punting performance, we now give you our "Player of the Game."

The experts had Florida State as a near 30 point favorite going into Saturday night's game, and it took a little while to figure out that they were right. Usually in a 43 point loss, there isn't much one can say that went right, but Texas State punter/kickoff specialist Lumi Kaba showed he's got a strong leg with pin point accuracy, and is more than capable of taking the lead on punts and kickoffs.

Player of the Game: Lumi Kaba

 

Kaba punted a total of 7 times, for 326 yards, nearly 47 yards a punt. Most impressively, he did his part in trying to flip the field for Florida State, in which he pinned them inside their 20 yard line 3 times. His long on the night was 57 yards. He showed a booming leg, with just as good, if not better accuracy.

As a kickoff specialist, he had one touch-back and consistently would put the ball in the end zone, forcing the FSU returners to take a gamble in bringing it out.

He also served as the key play on Texas State's first scoring drive. On a 4th and 4 on their own side of the field, Kaba saw FSU backoff and set up the return, he then ran to the left side, picking up 11 yards and a crucial first down that would eventually help set up the Bobcats first score, a 26 yard field goal by James Sherman.

Undoubtedly, Kaba had the best individual performance of any Bobcat, and for that he earned our "Player of the Game" nod.


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