Bobcats earn first Sun Belt win under Withers

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Texas State Football

It didn’t matter what was served at Texas State’s winner dinner Sunday following the Bobcats’ 27-7 victory over Coastal Carolina. 

It could’ve been corn on the cob, senior linebacker Gabe Loyd said, but it would’ve been the best corn on the cob because Texas State won. Head coach Everett Withers wouldn’t give any specifics on what the Bobcats feasted on but simply said it was “good stuff.”

“Winner dinner was good,” Loyd said. “Winner dinner is good because it doesn’t matter what you’re eating, you won.” 

Withers and Loyd have been at Texas State for two years, and Saturday they got to celebrate their first Sun Belt win together. The 27-7 victory ended a six-game losing streak, and it was the Bobcats first win over a FBS opponent since Sept. 3, 2016 when the Bobcats beat Ohio in triple-overtime. It was Texas State’s first conference win since defeating Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 19, 2015, and was its first Sun Belt road victory since Nov. 29, 2014 when it won at Georgia State. 

Loyd called the atmosphere in the locker room crazy. He just wanted to soak it all in because the team had worked for the win all week and finally been able to secure the victory. For Withers, he was happy to see the excitement surrounding the team following Saturday’s result. 

“It was great to see those kids excited, coaches excited, equipment managers excited, and everybody happy for the win,” Withers said. “It’s great to be in those locker rooms. One thing we always talk about is, you know, when you’re on a really good team you get a chance, you can’t take winning for granted. You can’t take it (for granted). It’s so hard to win.”

Texas State’s defense stymied Coastal Carolina’s triple-option attack limiting the Chanticleers to 34 rushing yards. 

Meanwhile, the Bobcats who had desperately wanted to see improvement from their running game, churned out 238 yards and one touchdown on 52 carries.

Texas State (2-6, 1-3 Sun Belt) struck first on a well-executed a flea-flicker that found senior tight end Gabe Schrade’s open arms for a 54-yard touchdown — Schrade’s first scoring grab of the season.

The Bobcats were able to remain in control of the game despite allowing Coastal Carolina (1-7, 0-5) to claim its only touchdown on a scoop-and-score after a high snap got away from the Bobcats on a field-goal attempt. 

Texas State scored touchdowns on a 7-yard grab by senior wide receiver Eric Luna, and a 1-yard run by freshman running back Anthony Smith. Freshman kicker Foster Hilborn connected on two 37-yard field goals to aid the Bobcats to the 27-7 win. 

Withers is glad to cross off one milestone off with his first Sun Belt win, but he’s focused on what he can do to get another win. Withers likened winning to a drug, and the Bobcats want to keep winning. 

“When you win and you find out how to win, you want that drug every week,” Withers said. “You want it every single week, and you’re going to do whatever you got to do to get that drug every week. And hopefully, our players are starting to learn that the preparation that you put in and when you can go win on Saturdays, man, and be in that locker room and sing the fight song, all that stuff, you come back on Sunday and you’re like, ‘I want it again, I want it again.’ The programs that I’ve been around that have won, that’s how it’s been.”

The Bobcats may be in the search for another win this week against New Mexico State, but Loyd is glad he was able to finally get that Sun Belt victory. 

“I’ve been here for a long time, I feel like getting that first (conference) win, it’s a special moment I’ll always remember,” Loyd said. 

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