Texas State begins final five-game stretch against Coastal Carolina

Texas State Football

Texas State begins its final five-game stretch against Coastal Carolina on Saturday. 

The Bobcats (1-6, 0-3 Sun Belt) are calling these final games season two. After a rough start to the year, where they went 1-6 and are currently on a six-game losing streak, Texas State looks to show improvement as the season comes to a close. 

“Season two is coming up, so we’re looking to see that next progression - taking care of the football, making sure, we’ve felt like we’ve been moving the ball, we just have been loose with it sometimes and that’s been an Achilles heel for us and we’re trying to correct that,” co-offensive coordinator Parker Fleming said after Wednesday’s practice. 

Texas State enters Saturday’s contest against the Chanticleers (1-6, 0-4) with an opportunity to snap its 16-game FBS losing streak. But Coastal’s triple-option offense will give the Bobcats a tough challenge. Despite only allowing 142.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks No. 44 in the country, defending the option will be tough. 

“The option does a little bit of a different thing to you,” defensive coordinator Randall McCray said. “You can’t add an extra hat to the box. It makes you have to have one-on-one tackles, all that kind of stuff. The funny thing to me is that they had over 300 yards passing against Appalachian State. What happens is you worry so hard trying to defend the run, defend the run, defend the run, all of a sudden every pass is a big play. So, we’ve got to be really focused on staying atop of routes also.” 

But head coach Everett Withers said it was good for the Bobcats to have a bye week before playing Coastal. He said the team was able to get three days ahead in preparation. 

“Anytime you play option football, you need that extra time.” Withers said at his weekly Monday press conference. “You take that time some times in the spring, sometimes in the summer during camp, the thing that was really unique to us was to have this break between playing Thursday night and a bye week and playing your next opponents, so we’re able to use that last week and get two or three days. We’ve actually gotten three days ahead on them as far as schematics in the run game especially. But yeah it does help to have that time.”

Offensively, the Bobcats look to show that they used the bye week to their advantage when they take the field against the Chanticleers. 

“A lot of those things you see - balls on the ground, just little misses that I feel like we’ve corrected and we’ve done a good job this past week and a half of correcting and making sure that we get cleaned up,” Fleming said. “Just timing, receivers, running backs, quarterbacks, o-line, everything has been improved and that’s what we’re really hoping to prove is our operation and our overall tempo.” 

Texas State’s matchup against Coastal Carolina kicks off at 5 p.m. inside Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina. 

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