It’s homecoming and for one damn night the national championship teams of 1981 & 1982 were on the side of Southwest Texas State, as they downed the New Mexico State Aggies 27-20 for their second win of the year.
The Aggies rode into San Marcos to spoil the atmosphere and had a last minute drive fall short with 1:29 left to give the Bobcats a win.
New Mexico State freshman Josh Adkins threw a career high 59 attempts but only for 217 yards while Jason Huntley ran for 83 yards.
Bobcat quarterback Willie Jones III filled in for an injured Tyler Vitt and threw two touchdowns and ran for 110 yards and another score in the winning effort.
Southwest Texas State opened the game on their first drive with a 19 yard Willie Jones III touchdown run. After an Anthony J. Taylor touchdown run to extend the lead to 13 the Aggies struck back with a field goal and a Jason Huntley touchdown run to cut the lead to three.
TXST held a 20-13 halftime lead before the Aggies closed the lead to 27-20 in the fourth until the Bobcat defense held on two final New Mexico State drives that ended with a JaShon Waddy pass deflection to seal the win for the Bobcats.
Southwest Texas back Robert Brown Jr. ran for 95 yards including a Bobcat season high 34 yard run and tight end superstar Keenan Brown was held to only one catch for zero yards.
Clifton Lewis Jr and Anthony J. Taylor each picked off Adkins once in one of the best defensive efforts by the Bobcats this year. This win also heralded the first FBS victory for Southwest Texas State this year.
Next up for 2-7 New Mexico State are the Alcorn State Braves. For TXST they take their winning streak into Hotlanta for a Sun Belt showdown against Georgia State to improve on their 2-6 record and aim for bowl eligibility.