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Bobcats shut out for first time in 19 years in loss to Louisiana, 45-0

Texas State Football
Saturday, October 30, 2021

Texas State was shut out for the first time in 19 years on Saturday, suffering a 45-0 road loss to reigning Sun Belt co-champion Louisiana.

“We all have to look ourselves in the mirror and do better than what we have,” head coach Jake Spavital said. “And that’s everybody in our organization. We have to continue to keep showing up. Again, a lot of credit to Coach (Billy) Napier and the program they’ve built here in Louisiana; it’s a solid program across the board. But, in order to beat them, we can’t have as many mistakes as we did. It got out of control at the end, because, physically, we just ran out of gas.”

Bobcats redshirt sophomore starting quarterback Brady McBride was held out of the game due to an ankle injury, allowing junior Tyler Vitt to make his season debut as the starter behind center. The maroon and gold only had one three-and-out all game, but gave up three takeaways and failed to score for the first time since a 16-0 loss at Portland State on Oct. 5, 2002.

“​​We did some wrinkles with (Tyler) Vitt,” Spavital said. “I was proud of how he came out and competed. You have to run the football and we did. We were doing some Wildcat packages and that had them thinking about doing some things. But, at the end of the day, they were just a lot better than we were and got after us at a pretty high level. I even thought that depth of that Louisiana team — their twos and threes — were pretty solid as well.”

Texas State redshirt freshman running back Calvin Hill fumbled on the first play of the game, forced by Ragin’ Cajuns redshirt senior defensive lineman Tayland Humphrey and recovered by junior safety Percy Butler on the visitors’ 29-yard line.

Louisiana (7-1, 5-0) tried and missed on a 44-yard field goal on the ensuing drive and punted twice later in the game, but scored on all eight of the rest of their possessions.

The Bobcats’ longest drive of the day came at the start of the second quarter. The team started on its own 25-yard line and marched down to the Cajuns’ 29. Sophomore running back Brock Sturges took a hand off on first down, broke right and dashed 23 yards up the field. But Sturges coughed the ball up again as he was going down, just six yards away from the end zone. Louisiana recovered it to keep the maroon and gold off the scoreboard.

The visitors set redshirt sophomore kicker Seth Keller up to attempt a career-long 49-yard field goal on their next drive. But Keller’s kick was blocked at the line of scrimmage. Texas State never made it more than three yards past midfield again.

Vitt gave the ball up one more time, throwing an interception late in the third quarter. He finished the game completing 6-of-13 passes for 42 yards while leading the team with 94 rushing yards on 15 carries. Sturges added another 44 yards on seven rush attempts.

Graduate safety Troy Lefeged Jr. had a team-high eight tackles. Sophomore defensive lineman Jordan Revels produced the only sack for the Bobcats, along with two quarterback hurries. Senior linebacker Sione Tupou, senior cornerback D.C. Williams and freshman safety Zion Childress broke up a pass each.

Texas State (2-6, 1-3) now turns its attention to Louisiana-Monroe (4-3, 2-2), hosting the Warhawks inside Bobcats Stadium on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

“We just have to keep pushing on our end. We have to keep recruiting and showing up. The message in the locker room to the team is that you have to continue to show up and you have to continue to fight and persevere. There’s no quit in our program. We have four more games left this season. We have ULM at home next week and that’s another opportunity to take our shot again.”

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