With 1:36 left in the game Jaguar kicker Frankie Onate lined up for his only field goal attempt, a 28 yarder, and pulled it to the left to give the Bobcats the victory.
Texas State head coach Jake Spavital was elated on how his team played: “We answer then they answer. We’re going back and forth and you couldn’t be more pleased with how these guys kept fighting.”
A reshuffling of the offensive line paid off as sophomore Tyler Vitt got his first collegiate win under center. The San Antonio native went 23/33 for a career high 373 yards (which was also his first 300-yard game) and after an overthrow on a slant route that got picked off by South Alabama early in the game Vitt buckled down to throw three touchdowns.
After taking an early 3-0 lead the Jaguars responded a couple of drives later with a Carlos Davis three yard touchdown.
Texas State would respond with another field goal and a 40 yard strike from Vitt to receiver Javen Banks to put the Bobcats up 13-7.
South Alabama would close out the first half scoring with a 22 yard touchdown reception from Davyn Flenord.
The third quarter went back and forth as Bobcat receiver Travis Graham Jr. made the third quarter his catching two touchdowns from Vitt and Jalen Wayne making a scoring grab for the Jaguars to make it 27-21, Texas State entering the fourth.
USA running back Tra Minter would run in a touchdown on a six-yard sweep to give the Jags control 28-27 until Bobcat kicker Joshua Rowland would essentially kick the game winning field goal from 31-yards out with 6:14 left in the game to give the Bobcats the 30-28 go-ahead lead.
The loss drops South Alabama to 1-8 (0-5 Sun Belt) and Texas State goes to 3-6 (2-3, Sun Belt).
Jaguar quarterback Desmond Trotter had an efficient day going 13/17 with 164 yards and a pair of touchdown strikes.
Bobcat receiver Hutch White had 10 catches for a career high 165 yards and added another 66 yards in kick and punt return yardage.
Next up for South Alabama is hosting the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana on Saturday and for Texas State their hosting Troy in a critical Sun Belt matchup next weekend.