Texas State notebook: Times, TV set for three Bobcats football games


Four of Texas State’s 12 football games this coming fall were assigned kickoff times and television scheduled last week, including the Bobcats’ first three games.

Texas State starts the season at Rutgers on Sept. 1 (11 a.m., Big Ten Network). The Bobcats’ first home game will be the following week on Sept. 8 against Texas Southern (6 p.m.) and then begin Sun Belt play on Sept. 15, when the Bobcats play at South Alabama (6 p.m., ESPN Plus).

No time was set for Texas State’s following game Sept. 22 against UT-San Antonio at the Alamodome. It will be the third meeting between the two teams; the Roadrunners have won the first two matchups. It will be the second of an eight-game, non-conference series between the two schools — dubbed the “IH-35 Showdown” — that started last season and will last through 2025.

The Oct. 11 game between Texas State and Georgia Southern at Bobcat Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m.

Kickoff times and ESPN TV schedules were announced for 20 Sun Belt games. The remaining games without start times will be announced 10-14 days before they’re played.

Rupp makes pro debut: Just two weeks after her collegiate career ended, former Bobcats softball pitcher Randi Rupp was in the circle for the Cleveland Comets of National Pro Fastpitch last Saturday.

Although her debut didn’t last long — the Comets lost to the Chicago Bandits, 6-2 — Rupp is expected to have a more extended role; the Comets took her fourth overall in the NPF draft last month. She allowed five runs (four earned) and nine hits with three strikeouts.

Rupp was named a third-team All-American last week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association; she was a second-team selection in 2017. Rupp left Texas State with school records for career strikeouts (1,270) and victories (110). She threw her second career perfect game on March 18 in a 10-0 win over Coastal Carolina and recorded a career-high 21 strikeouts against South Alabama on April 7.

On to track nationals: Shot putter T’Mond Johnson and the 400-meter relay team of Jaylen Allen, De’Marcus Porter, Lincoln Warren and Carlos Wilson have qualified fro this week’s NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore.

It’s the second straight year that Johnson has made it to the NCAAs; he qualified out of the NCAA West Preliminary this year with a toss of 60.85 feet. The relay team secured the final qualifying spot in the 400 relay.



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