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Texas State's comeback bid falls short against ULM
Texas State couldn’t complete a fourth-quarter comeback Saturday night against Louisiana-Monroe. The Bobcats fell 20-14 to the Warhawks inside Malone Stadium in Monroe, La.
Texas State took advantage of a forced fumble from junior linebacker Clifton Lewis Jr. early in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats took over at the ULM 49 and drove down the field in eight plays. Sophomore running back Robert Brown Jr. scored on a five-yard run to get the Bobcats within 20-14.
Texas State’s defense used the momentum gained on the score to force a quick three-and-out on the ensuing ULM drive to give the Bobcats the ball back midway through the fourth quarter. Texas State had good field position to start the drive at the Warhawk 49. The Bobcats got down to the ULM 35 but the drive stalled on 4th and 20.
Texas State chose to punt the ball away and pinned the Warhawks at the 4-yard line. But ULM ran out the clock to secure the win .
The loss drops the Bobcats to 1-6, while the Warhawks are 4-4 this season.
Texas State scored first in Saturday’s matchup. The Bobcat defense setup the offense with a fumble recovery by graduate defensive end Ishmael Davis. Texas State scored three plays later on a 7-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Tyler Vitt.
But ULM scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-7 lead into halftime. The Warhawks evened the score quickly after Vitt’s touchdown. A 60-yard run by senior wide receiver Marcus Green put ULM deep into Texas State territory. A 2-yard run by junior running back Austin Vaughn tied the game.
The Warhawks added a 43-yard field goal by senior kicker Craig Ford to take a 10-7 lead. ULM pushed their lead to double digits with a 27-yard strike from junior quarterback Caleb Evans to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brandius Batiste.
But Texas State’s defense stiffened in the second half. The Bobcats only allowed three points off a 30-yard field goal by Ford.
Texas State had an opportunity to cut ULM’s lead down to 20-10 early in the fourth quarter. But freshman kicker Clayton Stewart missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt.
The Bobcats, however, found new life after the Lewis fumble recovery. Texas State cut the ULM advantage down to 20-14 after Brown’s touchdown.
But the Bobcats couldn’t finish the rally.
The Warhaks outgained Texas State, 353-242. Texas State finished with more rushing yards than passing yards, 127-115. Brown led the Bobcats with 46 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Junior running back Anthony D. Taylor added 44 yards. Texas State's offense was hindered by going 2-13 on 3rd down attempts.
On defense, Junior linebacker Nik Daniels led Texas State with 11 tackles. Junior linebacker Bryan London II and Davis tallied nine tackles each.
Texas State returns to San Marcos to take on New Mexico State on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. for its homecoming game.