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Texas State falls off pace late in loss to South Alabama

Austin American-Statesman logo Austin American-Statesman 3 days ago By Keff Ciardello / American-Statesman Correspondent
a baseball player holding a bat: Texas State quarterback Brady McBride went 28 for 40 and passed for 260 yards and a touchdown in the Bobcats’ 30-20 loss to South Alabama Saturday. [Michael Dwyer/The Associated Press] © Michael Dwyer Texas State quarterback Brady McBride went 28 for 40 and passed for 260 yards and a touchdown in the Bobcats’ 30-20 loss to South Alabama Saturday. [Michael Dwyer/The Associated Press]

Texas State football lost its third consecutive game on Saturday, falling 30-20 to South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. The game was tied at 20 in the fourth before the Jaguars scored 10 unanswered points to seal the win.

The Jaguars used two different quarterbacks in the game, starting and closing with Desmond Trotter, who went 18 for 22 and passed for 187 yards and a touchdown. Chance Lovertich played in the second and third quarter, going 7 for 21 for 66 yards and a touchdown. Carlos Davis had 32 rushes for 113 yards and scored, while Jalen Tolbert had eight catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Brady McBride played the whole game at quarterback for Texas State, going 28 for 40 for 260 yards and a touchdown. Jackson Lanam had five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, while Brock Sturges had eight rushes for 30 yards and a score.

The Bobcats took 4:03 off the clock on a 10-play opening drive but turned it over on downs after only gaining 36 yards.

South Alabama then put together a 10-play drive of its own, capping it with a 33-yard field goal by Diego Guajardo to give the Jaguars a 3-0 lead with 6:53 left in the first quarter.

Texas State responded with a nine-play scoring drive, taking a 7-3 lead on a 9-yard pass to Lanam with 4:07 left in the first.

The Jaguars took the lead back after a 14-play drive that bled into the second quarter, ending on a one-yard touchdown run by Davis. After scoring on each of its opening drives, the Jaguars led 10-7 with 13:19 left in the half.

A three-and-out and a punt by the Bobcats came before a turnover on downs by the Jaguars, giving Texas State the ball at the South Alabama 40-yard line. The Bobcats took advantage of the possession and tied the game at 10 with a 30-yard field goal by Seth Keller.

South Alabama then put together another 14-play scoring drive, eating up 4:36 off the clock before scoring on a one-yard pass from Loveritch to Tolbert with 12 seconds left. The Jaguars took the 17-10 lead into half.

After not forcing a punt in the first half, the Texas State defense opened the second half with three consecutive three-and-out stops. The Texas State offense followed the first stop with a punt but scored after the second one. A 36-yard pass from McBride to Jah'Marae Sheread set up a one-yard touchdown run by Sturges to tie the game at 17 with 7:57 left in the third. Sheread finished with four catches for 72 yards.

The Bobcats followed up the third three-and-out with a turnover on downs for the second time of the game. Texas State converted once on three fourth-down attempts.

South Alabama capitalized, regaining the lead, 20-17, on a field goal after a 10-play, 54-yard drive ended with 14:01 left in the game. Texas State tied the game at 20 with 10:30 left on a 41-yard field goal by Keller.

The Jaguars then took back the lead, 27-20, capping a 10-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Trotter to Kawaan Baker. It was the fifth drive with double-digit plays for South Alabama.

Guajardo put the game away with 1:09 left on a 44-yard field goal to cement the final score.

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