The Texas State Bobcats will be trying to extend their winning streak to three games when they entertain the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Bobcat Stadium on Thursday night.
Up and down seasonThe season has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for the Warhawks, who won their opener, dropped two in a row, and then went win-loss. They are coming off a 19-point set back against Memphis in what was an absolute shootout. The Tigers racked up 535 yards of total offense during a 52-33 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
"We did a lot of good things offensively," head coach Matt Viator said. "We were so close to a couple of other things there that could have made a difference.... We went through a stretch there, three or four series, where I thought we played really good defense. That's when we got held twice on fourth down. We've just got to match it where we're playing really well on both sides of the ball at the same time."
The Warhawks' offense, which is led by quarterback Caleb Evans, averages 470 yards and 31.6 points per game. Evans, now a senior, started four games as a freshman and has been in charge of the offense ever since. He has thrown for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns in the early stages of this 2019 campaign to go along with 268 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Evans has a plethora of options at receiver, as five pass-catches have already recorded more than 100 receiving yards on the season.
Lights-out defenseTexas State can suddenly get back to .500 after losing its first three contests of the 2019 campaign. It has begun to right the ship with consecutive victories over Georgia State and Nicholls State. The Bobcats will be playing on plenty of rest after hammering Nicholls State 24-3 two weeks ago.
"The defense continued to play lights out all game tonight," head coach Jake Spavital praised. "I was very pleased with how we responded in the third quarter, especially against a Nicholls team that has dominated their opponents in the third quarter this season. It was a defensive game and our defense was stout tonight."
The Paddle is ours with huge performances from our players of the game!— Texas State Football (@TXSTATEFOOTBALL) September 30, 2019
Offensive Player of the Game: Gresch Jensen (@GreschJensen)
Defensive Player of the Game: Nik Daniels (@Nik2_UpNext)
Special Teams Player of the Game: Mason Hays (@MasonHays2)#TEAM #EatEmUp pic.twitter.com/DnWK6oy70i
Texas State is built on a defense that is strong up the middle and has forced its share of turnovers. Bryan London II is the playmaker, having racked up 48 tackles in addition to one sack and an interception. Fellow linebacker Nikolas Daniels has 40 tackles and two sacks--one in the most recent game. As for the Bobcat offense, that is led by JUCO transfer quarterback Gresch Jensen (1,121 yards, five touchdowns) and running backs Caleb Twyford (294 yards) and Anthony Taylor (115). Receiver Hutch White is Jensen's favorite target with 31 receptions for 236 yards, while big-play threat Jahmarae Sheread has 17 catches for 186 yards and a score.
The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are:
- 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall
- 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against the Sun Belt Conference
- 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against teams with losing records
The Texas State Bobcats are:
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after rushing for more than 200 yards in their previous game
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games against Louisiana-Monroe