State, you’re on a roll.
Head coach Jake Spavital and the Bobcats notched their second straight win, beating former rival Nicholls State in Texas State’s last non-conference game of the season.
Other than the two first-half scoring drives by Texas State and Nicholls of 46 and 60 yards, respectively, both teams paid tribute to the 150th anniversary of college football by imitating a game from the 1910’s with minimal offense. The longest drive of the first half by either team reaching only 16 yards.
The second half was a different story. I guess Coach Spav or OC Bob Stitt or Boko the Bobcat or the ghost of O.A. Strahan gave one hell of a motivational pep talk because the offense finally got going.
Texas State took the second half kickoff and drove 78 yards, capped off by a Gresch Jensen 12 yard strike to Micah Hilts.
After picking off Colonel QB Chase Fourcade, the Bobcats marched 56 yards and teached the end zone thanks to a QB sneak from Jensen.
A couple of punts later and after Fourcade fumbled by taking a brutal hit, Bobcat receiver Javen Banks pulled in a 77 yard pass with some nifty footwork to put away the Colonels for good.
Jensen had his best game so far for the Bobcats going an efficient 22/29 for 253 and three total touchdowns. Caleb Twyford led the team in rushing for the second straight game with 73 yards and also tacked on 19 yards receiving.
Chase Fourcade was 15/27 for 145 yards and an interception. The Colonels could only muster 75 yards as a team on a 2.7 average per rush.
The Bobcat defense played lights out despite an early injury to one of the nation’s best linebackers Bryan London II.
Next up for Texas State is a bye week before hosting Louisiana-Monroe in a Thursday night nationally televised game.
For Nicholls State they host Central Arkansas next Saturday in a Southland showdown.