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Texas State hopes third time’s a charm in Saturday clash with UTSA

Texas State hopes third time’s a charm in Saturday clash with UTSA

This Saturday will be the third installment of the “I-35 Showdown” between Texas State and UTSA, returning to the Alamodome for the first since 2012. The inaugural football season for UTSA (0-3, 0-0 in Conference USA) was 2011 as an independent, the same year the Bobcats (1-2, 0-1 in the Sun Belt) went independent as they made the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision after playing...
Why is Alabama such a huge favorite over A&M? (Hint: It’s the passing)

Why is Alabama such a huge favorite over A&M? (Hint: It’s the passing)

The point spread established for Saturday’s Texas A&M-Alabama game doesn’t appear realistic. Sure, Alabama is the defending national champion and ranked No. 1. The Crimson Tide rarely lose at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Since A&M joined the SEC in 2012, the Tide have dropped two home games — once to the Aggies in November 2012 and then to Mississippi in September 2015. But oddsmakers believe...

Letters to the Sports Editor

It was right to kick UT’s Foster out of game I am so grateful for the letter to the sports editor in Thursday’s Statesman decrying UT’s B.J. Foster’s brutal hit on the USC player, his thuggish stance after the player was down, and his teammates’ subsequent accolades. On the same subject, it is disappointing to have Kirk Bohls in his Wednesday column gush over Foster&rsquo...
Texas State notebook: London has been tower of consistency for Bobcats

Texas State notebook: London has been tower of consistency for Bobcats

Bryan London II has been a consistent presence for Texas State but has been overshadowed by the Bobcats’ abysmal record in recent seasons. London, a junior inside linebacker, has started 27 straight games and has recorded 280 career tackles, an average of 10.3 per game. That puts him on pace for nearly 500 for his career, which would surpass the school record of the 447 set by Gregg Pitts. It...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

David Kotajarvi, 5-iron, 185-yard 7th hole at Teravista; witnesses: Andrew Schnell, Jay Barr Biff Tatum, 5-iron, 110-yard 17th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Jeff Johnson, Joe Mitchel, Grant Glitz Shawn L. Watson, 9-iron, 131-yard 7th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Rodney Cope, Loren Westbrook, Trent Norris Phil Wilshaw, pitching wedge, 100-yard 17th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Armand Gonsoulin, Alan...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Foster should be kicked off for his behavior I watched the game on television between USC and UT and found the behavior of B.J. Foster and fellow football players disgusting. As he was being escorted off the field, his fellow teammates were giving him praise for his illegal behavior. I think the whole incident (was) ugly and even Foster’s behavior while the USC player was laying on the ground...
Withers: Texas State must address giving up big plays on defense

Withers: Texas State must address giving up big plays on defense

Texas State led South Alabama 24-16 at halftime Saturday — even 31-16 midway through the third quarter — before falling apart in the second half in a 41-31 loss on the road. The Bobcats (1-2, 0-1 Sun Belt) were up 31-16 with 7 minutes left in the third quarter when quarterback Willie Jones III suffered a leg injury. He was replaced by freshman Tyler Vitt, who threw an interception that...
Jimbo Fisher knows Saban well — it probably won’t matter when teams meet

Jimbo Fisher knows Saban well — it probably won’t matter when teams meet

Maybe Jimbo Fisher has secret intel about Alabama. Maybe his presence on the Texas A&M sideline will give the Aggies an edge when the teams meet Saturday. Fisher conceded Monday that he can flip on any game film of the Crimson Tide and predict the play. “We just laugh about that,” said Fisher, Texas A&M’s head coach. “I can call them.” Fisher used to be Nick Saban&rsquo...
Bohls: Cowboys’ defense frustrates 0-2 Giants (again) in 20-13 victory

Bohls: Cowboys’ defense frustrates 0-2 Giants (again) in 20-13 victory

During what was an otherwise pretty uneventful week, besides the fact the sky was falling in these parts after a disastrous trip to Carolina to open the season, much was made of a relatively innocent comment directed at Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott by loquacious New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins. The Giants, Collins suggested, would have a much better chance of winning Sunday...
Big Ohio State rally in third quarter sinks TCU’s upset hopes

Big Ohio State rally in third quarter sinks TCU’s upset hopes

Momentum in a game can be so fickle. One moment, every pass is caught, tackles are made, points are scored. You’re in the national championship chatter, albeit in mid-September. That was TCU Saturday night. The Horned Frogs were in control of fourth-ranked Ohio State at AT&T Stadium, with its rollicking bowl-game like atmosphere. Then reality set in, showing up as a hard-charging Buckeye defense...
Bobcats seek back-to-back wins as they visit South Alabama

Bobcats seek back-to-back wins as they visit South Alabama

The Texas State Bobcats will begin Sun Belt Conference play a little early this season when they go on the road Saturday to face South Alabama. While the Jaguars are winless in two games, the Bobcats (1-1) are fresh off a 36-20 victory over Texas Southern. Despite the win, Texas State coach Everett Withers said the team still needs to work on reducing penalties as it had 15 for 119 yards in the opener...
Ohio State’s last game without Meyer a test vs. TCU

Ohio State’s last game without Meyer a test vs. TCU

Ohio State has made it through two games fine without Urban Meyer. Now the No. 4 Buckeyes face their toughest test on the last Saturday before their suspended coach can return to the sideline. No. 15 TCU (2-0) hasn’t faced a disruptive defensive front like Ohio State’s. But the Buckeyes (2-0), with their very accurate new starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, also haven’t been challenged...
Aggies receivers suddenly evolve from perceived weakness into strength

Aggies receivers suddenly evolve from perceived weakness into strength

Consider this football demographic: There’s not a receiver on scholarship at Texas A&M older than a sophomore. The receivers weren’t much of a factor last fall. Christian Kirk, in his final season, was the proven all-star. The rest were meager and green role players as A&M struggled to find consistency with its quarterback. But in the Aggies’ near-upset of Clemson last Saturday,...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats volleyball bounces back with UTSA sweep

Texas State notebook: Bobcats volleyball bounces back with UTSA sweep

After suffering two losses to nationally-ranked opponents last week, Texas State’s volleyball team bounced back Tuesday with a straight-sets    win over UTSA, completing a season sweep of the Roadrunners. The Bobcats (6-5) won each set by no more than three points — 25-22, 31-29, 25-22. Texas State beat UTSA (7-3) 3-1 on Aug. 30. Junior setter Cheyenne Huskey paced the Bobcats...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Bob Fahey, 8-iron, 148-yard 8th hole at Falconhead; witnesses: Gregg Rosenblatt Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the appropriate golf course or organization.

Notebook: A&M loses key linebacker for season with leg injury

Texas A&M sophomore Anthony Hines, who was considered one of the top linebacker prospects in the country coming out of high school, will miss the rest of the season because of a leg injury. A&M’s Jimbo Fisher announced the news Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference. Hines posted on Twitter: “Gods Plan !! Looking forward to supporting my team all season!! Soo thankful to have...
Aggies attract positive national buzz with near win over No. 2 Clemson

Aggies attract positive national buzz with near win over No. 2 Clemson

Jimbo Fisher was having none of this moral victory talk on Monday. Two days removed from a near upset over No. 2 Clemson, the scoreboard still said that Texas A&M lost the game, 28-26. “Not happy,” said Fisher, the Aggies’ coach. “Not very happy at all. … There were missed opportunities in that game.” That’s true. A&M couldn’t convert on a two-point...
Bobcats finally show Withers offensive production he’s expected

Bobcats finally show Withers offensive production he’s expected

Texas State nearly tripled its offensive production from a season-opening loss to Rutgers in Saturday’s 36-20 victory over Texas Southern. The Bobcats (1-1) put up 547 yards of offense while scoring two touchdowns and kicking five filed goals. It’s the kind of production head coach Everett Withers has been expecting with his up-tempo style offense. “Offensively, I thought we did...
Admit it Austin, you still love (or hate watch) Texas A&M

Admit it Austin, you still love (or hate watch) Texas A&M

Clemson blocked Texas A&M kicker Daniel LaCamera’s field goal attempt in the second quarter of the Tigers 28-26 victory Saturday night at Kyle Field. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)   COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M hasn’t football played in Austin in eight years. The Aggies haven’t met the Longhorns in football since 2011, the season before they left...
Texas State notches first win of season, beating Texas Southern 36-20

Texas State notches first win of season, beating Texas Southern 36-20

Texas State emerged from its home opener victorious Saturday night, beating Texas Southern 36-20. The Bobcats (1-1) were 33-point favorites, but head coach Everett Withers said he was satisfied with the win. “I’m always satisfied with winning,” Withers said. “Florida got beat by Kentucky today. Florida State is losing to Samford right now (the Seminoles went on to win, however...
Bohls: Mond, Aggies looked impressive in 28-26 loss to No. 2 Clemson

Bohls: Mond, Aggies looked impressive in 28-26 loss to No. 2 Clemson

The home team’s quarterback dipped and danced and kept Clemson’s vaunted defenders on their heels, and in the final minute was throwing a touchdown pass to his third option. In just his 10th start. By the end of Saturday’s game, the Kyle Field home crowd was loudly chanting their head coach’s name as his team left the field. What’s more, two highly touted recruits &mdash...
Bobcats have perfect history against Texas Southern

Bobcats have perfect history against Texas Southern

For the first time since 2009, the Texas State Bobcats and the Texas Southern Tigers will meet on the football field. It will be the 10th matchup between the two programs, and Texas State has won the previous nine. While the Bobcats are coming off a 35-7 loss to Rutgers in their season opener, the Tigers are fresh off a 26-16 season-opening victory over UT-Permian Basin, a Division II program. &ldquo...
Aggies know No. 2 Clemson will be a leap from FCS Northwestern State

Aggies know No. 2 Clemson will be a leap from FCS Northwestern State

Trayveon Williams was raving about everyone else but himself. The Texas A&M running back loved the way his offensive line performed in the season-opening win over Northwestern State. “Throughout the whole summer I’ve been saying the offensive line has been doing a great job, ” Williams bragged earlier this week. “They had a good summer, good camp. And it showed. They had a...
With Jace Sternberger, tight end is back at Texas A&M

With Jace Sternberger, tight end is back at Texas A&M

Jimbo Fisher describes tight end Jace Sternberger as a throwback to 1955. “He’s so fun to coach in practice,” the Texas A&M coach said, “and like I’ve said, he should have played in 1955. I joke about that, but the way he’s like, ‘Get on me; I like you getting on me.’ Just play hard. The more you get on him, the harder he plays. He doesn’t have...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Taylor Cluff, 9-iron, 165-yard 7th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Scott Rodgers, Blake Barnes Craig Fore, 8-iron, 134-yard 4th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Carl Clark, Art Livermore Sam Johnson, 6-iron, 162-yard 13th hole at Roy Kizer; witness: Bill Matsui Justin Kahlden, 7-iron, 177-yard 4th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Richard Haney, David Kahlden Rusty Thornell, 7-iron, 155-yard hole at Onion...
Uncharacteristic penalties doom Texas State against Rutgers

Uncharacteristic penalties doom Texas State against Rutgers

Penalties and turnovers eventually doomed Texas State in the Bobcats’ season-opening 35-7 loss to Big Ten cupcake Rutgers Saturday in New Jersey. Texas State (0-1) committed 15 penalties for 119 yards and gave up the football three times. Coach Everett Withers believed both of factors are outliers, referencing the Bobcats’ lack of penalties in recent years. “We were in the top five...
OU, West Virginia feel good about openers; rest of Big 12, not so much

OU, West Virginia feel good about openers; rest of Big 12, not so much

Oklahoma has won three straight Big 12 football championships. Anyone want to bet against a fourth? Opening week revealed the top three teams in the preseason conference poll — OU, West Virginia and TCU — looked pretty stout, although in fairness the Horned Frogs dined on a cupcake. The rest of the league was mostly mediocre. Or worse. The Sooners’ 63-14 dismantling of Florida Atlantic...
IndyCar race lands at Austin’s COTA next March

IndyCar race lands at Austin’s COTA next March

Austin’s national sports profile was raised again Tuesday with the announcement that IndyCar racing is coming to Circuit of the Americas next March. The Verizon IndyCar series will make its Austin debut the weekend of March 22-24. It will be the second race of the series’ 17-event schedule. COTA signed a multi-year contract with IndyCar, the exact length undisclosed. “We’re...
Jimbo Fisher really knows Clemson, but can he lead Texas A&M to a win?

Jimbo Fisher really knows Clemson, but can he lead Texas A&M to a win?

Jimbo Fisher received some harsh news after he was hired as Texas A&M’s newest coach. He glanced at the 2018 schedule and winced. Fisher switched conferences, when he left Florida State to head to A&M, morphing from the ACC to the SEC. But he couldn’t shake Clemson. The two teams face each other Saturday night at Kyle Field. “It was kind of ironic, when I accepted the job, looked...
Baylor celebrates first home victory in the Matt Rhule era

Baylor celebrates first home victory in the Matt Rhule era

When a rebuilding program is desperate for a win, sometimes the quality of the opponent doesn’t really matter. Baylor beat Abilene Christian, 55-27, Saturday night in front of 45,330 mostly delighted fans at McLane Stadium. It represented the first time coach Matt Rhule, who took the Bears job in December, 2016, won in Waco. After a victory, even if the opponent was an FCS school, the glittery...
Rutgers rolls past Texas State 35-7

Rutgers rolls past Texas State 35-7

Raheem Blackshear and Jonathan Hilliman had two touchdowns apiece to lead Rutgers past Texas State 35-7 on Saturday in a season opener. Hilliman did almost all his damage on the ground with 60 yards on 15 carries and Blackshear, a fellow running back, led Rutgers in catches with seven for 56 yards and a touchdown to go along with 62 rushing yards and a score. Freshman quarterback Art Sitkowski had...

Baylor learned a year ago never to overlook an overmatched opponent

Matt Rhule doesn’t want his Baylor team dwelling on last season. “I think sometimes when we focus on the past, we end up being victims of that,” Rhule said. “Last year is over; we have to go play.” But he does want the Bears to learn lessons from a 1-11 year. The first task is to win the winnable games. Build momentum through September, then hope something clicks in October...
Texas traffic jam: F1 2019 schedule collides with NASCAR

Texas traffic jam: F1 2019 schedule collides with NASCAR

The provisional 2019 Formula One schedule released Friday creates a Texas motor sports logjam on the first weekend of November that is far from ideal for the state’s two major racetracks. The F1 United States Grand Prix weekend, Circuit of the Americas’ premier event, and the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Cup playoff event at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth are both slated for Nov. 1-3, 2019...
Both Texas State, Rutgers are breaking in young starting quarterbacks

Both Texas State, Rutgers are breaking in young starting quarterbacks

Texas State will meet Rutgers for the first time ever in football in Saturday’s season opener. And Everett Withers can’t wait. “This is a great opportunity for us to go play someone else,” the Texas State head coach said. “We want to go beat a Big Ten. Our first goal on our deal is to go win the opener. We’d love to go win the opener. ”Hopefully by 2:30 or...
In Jimbo Fisher’s debut, running the ball at Texas A&M is in again

In Jimbo Fisher’s debut, running the ball at Texas A&M is in again

Jimbo Fisher’s first offensive call at Texas A&M Thursday night against Northwestern State was a very basic run from an old-school I formation. The no-frills call generated 11 yards. But it represented a significant change for an Aggie team. When he was hired nine months ago, Fisher promised a tougher version of the Aggies, who would rely more on a pro-style running game than on an offense with...
Aggies pick Kellen Mond as starter; Jimbo Fisher era begins Thursday

Aggies pick Kellen Mond as starter; Jimbo Fisher era begins Thursday

After months of competition through spring and preseason camp, Jimbo Fisher has settled on his first starting quarterback at Texas A&M. Kellen Mond will trot out with the first team Thursday night when the Fisher era begins with the Aggies. Nick Starkel probably will play against Northwestern State, a FCS team serving as season-opening fodder for a big-time payday. Fisher announced his decision Wednesday...
Find a new Kirk, run it, rely on LBs: Three keys to the Aggies’ season

Find a new Kirk, run it, rely on LBs: Three keys to the Aggies’ season

It’s a minimum goal for Texas A&M this season. Break the rut. The Aggies must find a way to win conference games in November and basically finish the season with the same burst of energy they show when they start it. Last year’s 7-6 record broke a string of three straight finishes of 8-5. The midseason swoons led to a coaching change last December, with Jimbo Fisher replacing Kevin Sumlin...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Ben Brendel, 7-iron, 163-yard 3rd hole at Barton Creek Lakeside; witness: Ryan Canipe Larry Stein, 193-yard 11th hole at Onion Creek; witnesses: Rick Brown, Bob Bender, Gardner Pate, Zac Whitley Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the appropriate golf course or organization.
It’ll be Kellen Mond as Texas A&M’s new starting QB

It’ll be Kellen Mond as Texas A&M’s new starting QB

Jimbo Fisher has named his first starting quarterback at Texas A&M. Fisher announced Wednesday that he’ll be going with Kellen Mond Thursday night when the Aggies open their season at home against Northwestern State. The choice of Mond was somewhat of a surprise. He won the job over Nick Starkel, who broke A&M’s bowl passing record with 499 yards in his last game, a loss to Wake Forest...
Willie Jones III named starting quarterback against Rutgers

Willie Jones III named starting quarterback against Rutgers

Willie Jones III will get the nod at quarterback when Texas State faces Rutgers in New Jersey on Saturday. Texas State coach Evertt Withers made the announcement at his weekly press conference Monday. It will be the first time in three years an underclassman will lineup under center. “(Jones) probably has the bigger knowledge because he’s actually had game reps in what we do,” Withers...
Ex-A&M player who accused team of NCAA violations kicked off Arizona

Ex-A&M player who accused team of NCAA violations kicked off Arizona

Former Texas A&M linebacker Santino Marchiol made headlines last week after he alleged his old school broke NCAA rules that played a part in his decision to transfer to Arizona. On Monday, Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin announced that Marchiol no longer was with the team. Sumlin said Marchiol had been told Monday morning. Sumlin, coincidentally, was the head coach at A&M until he was fired last November...
Baylor has yet to pick top QB between Charlie Brewer, Jalan McClendon

Baylor has yet to pick top QB between Charlie Brewer, Jalan McClendon

Coming into preseason camp, the Baylor quarterback situation was thought to be one of the most secure in a league with a ton of questions about the glamour job at just about every other school. Charlie Brewer, the Big 12 coaches’ choice for co-offensive freshman of the year last season, ended 2017 as Baylor’s starter and owned the job throughout spring practices. But Bears coach Matt Rhule...
With the stadium deal set, what’s next to make MLS happen in Austin?

With the stadium deal set, what’s next to make MLS happen in Austin?

So, what’s next? The terms sheet for the stadium site for Austin’s first major professional sports team has been agreed upon (even though it’s not signed yet), and we know that Austin FC will be the name. Are you feeling “El Tree” or “the Oaks” as an unofficial nickname? It’s starting to feel real, but there are still several major steps that need to...
Austin, COTA in the running for IndyCar race

Austin, COTA in the running for IndyCar race

An IndyCar race in Austin appears to be edging closer to reality. The U.S.-based open-wheel circuit, whose cars scream down straightaways at up to 230 mph, is considering Circuit of the Americas for a future race, possibly as early as next year, according to published reports. COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein’s take? Bring it on. “It would become one of our crown-jewel events...
U.S. Open on the clock: 25-second countdown’s Slam debut

U.S. Open on the clock: 25-second countdown’s Slam debut

Any discussion of the serve clocks that will make their Grand Slam debut during the U.S. Open’s main draw starting Monday — and could become a regular part of tennis as soon as next year — inevitably turns to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. They are two of the greatest players in history and two of the slowest between points. Djokovic’s incessant bouncing of the ball before...
Leggett: As hunting season opens, don’t forget these in-the-field tips

Leggett: As hunting season opens, don’t forget these in-the-field tips

A few years back, I had the thought that doves were replacing quail as the preferred game bird for hunters in Texas. Well, numbers don’t lie, much. There may be lots of pent-up demand for quail hunting, but in terms of numbers, doves have it all over quail as our No. 1 target in the field each fall. According to the annual survey of small game hunters in Texas, there’s a giant disparity...
Texas State notebook: Five walk-ons are awarded football scholarships

Texas State notebook: Five walk-ons are awarded football scholarships

Five Texas State walk-ons received football scholarships Thursday night — wide receiver Hutch White, cornerback Dennis Johnson Jr., linebacker Malik Alley and long snappers Tommy Simmons and Justin Warner. White, a junior out of Kerrville Tivy, was fourth on the team last season in receptions (15) and receiving yards (196) while also returning every punt for the Bobcats. Entering his senior...
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