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Texas State fades in fourth quarter, falls to Georgia State on the road 28-16

Austin American-Statesman logo Austin American-Statesman 10/24/2021 Keff Ciardello
Texas State quarterback Brady McBride, right, threw an interception and lost a fumble in the Bobcats' 28-16 loss at Georgia State on Saturday. “There are just so many things that transpired in this game when it came down to controlling the line of scrimmage, making too many mistakes and executing when it mattered,” Bobcats coach Jake Spavital said. © Rick Bowmer/USA Today Texas State quarterback Brady McBride, right, threw an interception and lost a fumble in the Bobcats' 28-16 loss at Georgia State on Saturday. “There are just so many things that transpired in this game when it came down to controlling the line of scrimmage, making too many mistakes and executing when it mattered,” Bobcats coach Jake Spavital said.

SAN MARCOS — Texas State matched its season high with 85 offensive snaps on Saturday, but the Bobcats also were held to a season low in points in a 28-16 loss at Georgia State.

The Bobcats (2-5, 1-2 Sun Belt) trailed 21-16 heading into the fourth quarter before the Panthers (3-4, 2-1) scored on the first play of the fourth, a 27-yard touchdown pass from Darren Grainger to Aubry Payne. Texas State quarterback Brady McBride threw an interception with 9:35 left in the game, and Georgia State put the game away with a 15-play drive that took 6:49 off the clock.

The Panthers missed their field goal try, but still led by 12 with 2:46 left. McBride fumbled with 59 seconds left on a quarterback keeper on third-and-5.

“There are just so many things that transpired in this game when it came down to controlling the line of scrimmage, making too many mistakes and executing when it mattered,” Bobcats coach Jake Spavital said. “This tape is going to be frustrating to watch because of all the mental errors and just simple execution that we did not convert.” 

The Bobcats were outgained 498-378 in total yards. McBride completed 27 of 47 passes for 255 yards and one interception. He also led the Bobcats with 46 rushing yards and a touchdown. He was sacked three times.

Texas State's Ashtyn Hawkins had a career-high six receptions for 108 yards.

“Overall, hats off to Georgia State,” Spavital said. "They did a really good job managing the game, took advantage of shorter situations, and got into manageable third downs. We were fighting in third-and-longs because of the inconsistency of our run game. Our passing game was terrible in terms of protection. (McBride) was running way too many times and got hit too many times.” 

Texas State kicker Seth Keller connected on two 42-yard field goals on the Bobcats’ first two drives, but Georgia State responded with a 99-yard drive to go up 7-6 with an 18-yard touchdown run by Jamyest Williams. 

Georgia State added a 35-yard touchdown pass from Grainger to Terrance Dixon to make it 14-6 in the second quarter. Grainger was 16 of 25 for 200 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 106 yards on 14 carries. 

The Bobcats responded on its next drive with an 8-yard touchdown run by McBride — the first rushing score of his career — to make it 14-13 at the half. 

Williams found the end zone again on a 28-yard run in the third quarter to extend the Panthers' lead before a 31-yard field goal by Keller cut it to 21-16. Williams finished with 77 yards rushing and two scores, while Tucker Gregg led the Panthers with 115 yards rushing. 

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