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(Saturday, October 19)
Final Score: Texas State 24, Georgia State 17
San Marcos, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Robert Lowe ran for a career-high 177 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to lead the Texas State Bobcats over the Georgia State Panthers, 24-17, in a Sun Belt Conference matchup at Bobcat Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Chris Nutall ran for two scores and finished with 95 yards on the ground on nine carries for the Bobcats (4-3, 1-2 SBC), as they notched their first ever conference victory as a member of the Sun Belt. Tyler Jones threw for just 47 yards on 5-of-11 passing and Ben Ijah was the leading receiver with three catches for only 27 yards.
For the Panthers (0-7, 0-2), Ronnie Bell finished with 208 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 20-of-36 passing. He also ran for 30 yards and a score. Albert Wilson pulled in seven catches for 93 yards while Travis Evans added 71 yards rushing on 18 carries.
The Panthers got on the scoreboard first with a nine-play, 75-yard drive on their first possession of the game. Bell punched it in from one yard out to put home team up 7-0 with 10:20 left in the first quarter. The big hit on that drive came on the very first play when Wilson took a reverse 47 yards to the Bobcat 28-yard line.
The Bobcats found the end zone late in the opening quarter when Nutall scored on a 34-yard touchdown run with just over two minutes left in the period. That capped off a four-play, 49-yard drive. Texas State added a 20-yard field early in the second, the only scoring in the quarter. With a late drive, the Bobcats had the ball 1st-and-10 at the Panther 23-yard line with just over three minutes to play in the half. However, Tim Gay was intercepted in the end zone on a halfback pass attempt which forced the Bobcats to settle for a 10-7 lead at halftime.
In a scoreless third quarter, the Bobcats missed another opportunity to add to their lead when they were stopped on 4th-and-5 at the Panther 30. A 19-yard field goal early in the fourth by the Panthers tied the game at 10-10.
Texas State regained the lead on their next possession, moving the ball 77 yards in eight plays, finished off with Nutall's second touchdown run of the night with 8:01 to play, this from three yards out. After the teams traded punts, Bell was picked off on fourth down at the Panther 39-yard line.
Five plays later, Lowe rushed it across the goal line from one-yard away to put Texas State up 24-10 with under two minutes to play. A late drive by the Panthers saw Bell connect with Robert Davis on a five-yard scoring pass with just one second left on the clock that set the final score at 24-17.
The Bobcats finished with a season-high of 296 yards. Defensively, they held the Panthers to 4-of-15 on third down, forcing them to punt seven times on the night. Panther linebacker Robert Ferguson finished with eight tackles, raising his career total to 164 as he became the Panthers? career tackling leader.
10/19 23:36:54 ET