Texas State busted out black and gold uniforms for Senior Night at Bobcat Stadium tonight, and they looked pretty good.
Everything else, from a football standpoint, wasn't as good as the uniforms.
The Bobcats came out with the victory, 16-3, in an ugly game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. Both teams combined for 17 punts and punted for more yards (707) than gained in total offense (515). The Bobcats and the Warhawks also went a combined 7-31 on third down.
One play in particular left many people scratching their heads. The ULM defense scooped and scored on what was initially ruled a backwards lateral, but was clearly a forward pass. During the run back, players and coaches from the ULM sideline poured onto the field in excitement, which led to a flag being thrown by the officials. After the play was reviewed, it was ruled an incomplete pass but the 15-yard penalty was still enforced, giving the Bobcats a first down.
It was a big night for Texas State seniors, especially for tight end Lawrence White and safety Aaron Shaw. White had a career high 83-yards on five catches and caught two touchdowns, marking the first game in which he has scored twice. White saw plenty of looks due to the absence of another senior tight end, Ryan Carden, who sat out due to injury. Head coach Dennis Franchione said he expects Carden to be back next week against Idaho.
Shaw picked off a pass in the fourth quarter that could have been grabbed by any of three Texas State defenders surrounding the Warhawk receiver. He was eventually caught at the four-yard line after a 73-yard return. Shaw remained on the ground after the play but said after the game that he wasn’t injured, just tired after the long return. The interception eventually led to White’s second touchdown.
In a valiant effort, senior running back Rob Lowe gained 85 yards on 22 carries, despite playing with turf toe. Senior slot receiver CJ Best rushed five times for 43 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards.
The Warhawks were only able to muster 181 yards of total offense, 98 on the ground and 83 through the air. Humble, Texas native and junior quarterback Earnest Carrington completed 16-31 of his passes for 83-yards and an interception.
Junior kicker Lumi Kaba had a solid game punting but he missed two field goals. Freshman kicker James Sherman missed an extra point in relief of Kaba.
The Bobcats get a 10-day break before their next, when they travel to Idaho to face the Vandals.