Last night, the Bobcats earned a much needed victory behind the legs of running back Robert Lowe, an improved defense, a big return from cornerback Brandon McDowell, and the leg of kicker/punter Lumi Kaba. Our staff now chooses the "Players of the Game" for their performance.
Offensive Player of the Game
The Bobcats ran for a total of 319 yards on the ground, with 248 yards on 30 attempts coming from running back Rob Lowe. The majority of Lowe’s success came in the second half, where he racked up over 200 yards and two touchdowns. Throughout the season, the Bobcats have been slow out of the gate in the second half. Coach Franchione took advantage of a tired South Alabama defense and gave them a steady dose of Lowe. His best run might have come on a 3rd and 11 in the fourth quarter that he broke for 51 yards and a touchdown to help seal the game. Lowe’s strong performance can’t go without recognizing the play of the offensive line. Though Jackson Hoskins went down with another injury, the line did a good job at opening up holes for the running back in the second half.
Defensive Player of the Game
Defensive backs Damani Alexcee and Aaron Shaw had good games on the stat sheet, recording 19 tackles combined and two pass breakups, but the defensive player of the game belongs to defensive lineman, Marcus Dallas, Jr. This was the first game that the opposing quarterback looked somewhat uncomfortable because of pressure by the Texas State defensive line. Dallas led the d-line with two sacks for a total of 18 yards lost. Dallas provided a key sack in the fourth quarter where he took down Cody Clements for a loss of 16 yards to help stall a South Alabama drive.
Special Teams Players of the Game
This was a tough decision because both McDowell and Kaba played a critical role in the 'Cats win over South Alabama, so they get co-players of the game on special teams. McDowell had what might have been the most important play of the game with a 100 yard return for a touchdown on a missed 53 yard field goal by Jaguars kicker Aleem Sunanon to end the first half. Coach Franchione called a timeout after the Jags initially lined up for a field goal, thinking the Jags might second guess attempting the field goal, but when they lined up to attempt it for the second time he stuck McDowell in the end zone just in case. Coach Franchione made sure to mention Kaba’s punting in his post-game press conference. Kaba landed five punts inside the 20 yard line, with multiple punts being stopped on the one yard line. He also hit a 36 yard field goal.