Texas State snaps losing skid with win over Coastal Carolina

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Texas State Football

A handful of losing streaks ended when Texas State walked off of Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium with a 27-7 win over the Chanticleers on Saturday.

The victory snapped the Bobcats six-game losing streak. It was also Texas State’s first win over an FBS program since its 56-54 triple-overtime victory over Ohio on Sept. 3, 2016. The win ended a 13-game Sun Belt losing streak and it was the first road win over a conference opponent since Nov. 29, 2014 when the Bobcats defeated Georgia State.

Texas State (2-6, 1-3) also picked up its first Sun Belt win under head coach Everett Withers.

The Bobcats stymied Coastal Carolina’s offense limiting it to 34 rushing yards and only allowing 149 passing yards.

Meanwhile, fifth-year senior quarterback Damian Williams completed 27-of-38 for 269 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Bobcat rushing attack, which Texas State has desperately wanted to see improvement from, churned out 238 yards and one touchdown on 52 carries.

Texas State quickly forced a three-and-out on Coastal Carolina’s opening possession. The Bobcats took advantage of their strong defensive start when senior tight end Gabe Schrade was on the receiving end of a well-executed a flea-flicker for a 54-yard touchdown — Schrade's first scoring grab of the season.

But the Chanticleers evened the contest at 7-7 when junior cornerback Anthony Chesley scooped a high snap on a Texas State field-goal attempt and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.

The Bobcats’ swarming defense forced its first turnover of the night when senior linebacker Gabe Loyd recorded a strip sack, which junior linebacker Frankie Griffin recovered a rumbled down to the Coastal 29-yard line in the second quarter. But Williams threw an interception in the endzone on the ensuing possession to negate Texas State’s momentum.

The Bobcats, however, extended their lead to 14-7 when Williams connected with senior wide receiver Eric Luna for a 7-yard touchdown.

Texas State took a 17-7 advantage into halftime after freshman kicker Foster Hilborn converted a career-long 37-yard field goal as time expired.

The Bobcat lead ballooned to 20-7 in the third quarter when Hilborn kicked another 37-yard field goal. Texas State found the endzone for the final time Saturday night when freshman running back Anthony Smith capped of a six-play, 56-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to push its advantage to 27-7.

Junior wide receiver Tyler Watts paced the Bobcats with a team-high eight catches for 90 yards. Senior safety Dila Rosemond recorded a team-high six tackles followed by junior safety A.J. Krawczyk’s five tackles and Loyd’s four.

The Bobcats look to build a winning streak when they return to Bobcat Stadium for their homecoming game against New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

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