SAN MARCOS, Texas – Brady McBride scored in the fourth overtime to help cap a Texas State rally from a 14-point deficit and lift the Bobcats to a 33-31, quadruple-overtime Sun Belt Conference football victory over the University of South Alabama at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday.
McBride finished 18-of-28 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and he added 57 yards on 15 carries as well for the Bobcats (2-3, 1-0 Sun Belt). Javen Banks led all players with 104 yards on four receptions, while Calvin Hill gained 70 yards on the ground and Jahmyl Jeter supplied 66.
Jake Bentley threw for 189 yards and a pair of scores on 19-of-26 passing, with Jalen Tolbert pacing the Jaguars (3-2, 0-2 SBC) after posting five catches for 84 yards. AJ Phillips rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns as well.
Texas State’s Sione Tupou was credited with a game-high 14 tackles, while the Jags were led defensively by Shawn Jennings and Wy’Kevious Thomas with nine stops apiece. A.J. DeShazor Jr. and Keith Gallmon Jr. also posted eight tackles each.
-The Bobcats took the lead in the opening minute of play on a 57-yard touchdown pass from _ McBride to _ Banks, gaining over 100 yards in the first quarter.
-South turned three interceptions into 17 points in the second period to go up by 10 at the break.
-Seth Keller supplied the only points of the third quarter for the Bobcats with a 43-yard field goal that cut the Jaguar lead to 17-10.
-Phillips’ second touchdown in the opening minute of the final quarter extended USA’s advantage to 14 points, but McBride found Marcell Barbee for a 13-yard touchdown midway through the period before Jeter’s scored on fourth-and-goal from the one with 17 seconds left in regulation.
-Bentley and Tolbert connected for a 12-yard touchdown pass to open overtime, but the Bobcats answered with a four-yard Brock Sturges run to continue the contest.
-The second overtime saw Texas State hit the upright on a 30-yard field goal attempt before forcing a fumble on third down to end USA’s ensuing possession.
-Each team failed on their attempt in the third overtime before McBride’s score put the Bobcats in front.
-The Bobcats outgained South 212-140 on the ground while finishing the night with a 399-329 advantage in total offense.
-The home team has now won all seven meetings in the series.
-This was the Jaguars’ first overtime game since facing Georgia Southern in Mobile on Oct. 3, 2019, as well as the first contest in school history to go past two extra periods.
-South now has a 4-5 all-time record in overtime.
-The Jag defense finished the night with three interceptions, the most recorded by the unit since the unit picked off three passes against Georgia State on Nov. 21 a year ago.
-Not only was it a career-high tackle total for both Jennings and Thomas, they recorded the most stops by a Jaguar defender this fall.
-Tré Young became the first member of the Jaguar defense to post multiple interceptions on the year with his second quarter pick after the Bobcats reached the red zone.
-Darrell Luter Jr.’s and Jamal Brooks recorded the first interceptions of their careers in the second quarter as well.
-Phillips and Lincoln Sefcik each scored their first career touchdown as part of the 17-point effort from the Jaguar offense in that period.
-In fact, Phillips became the third different Jag to rush for multiple scores in the last three games, as USA’s seven touchdowns on the ground during that stretch equals the amount the offense posted in all 11 outings last fall.
-Gallmon Jr. was credited with a career-best 2½ stops behind the line — the most by a Jaguar this year — posted the first two stops for loss.
THEY SAID IT
South Alabama head coach Kane Wommack
On the tough loss: “I think we earned every bit of that loss. We played poorly and had bad body language and demeanor. We didn’t execute in critical situations. On top of that, we created penalties for ourselves that gave them more opportunities to score on offense. From our offensive standpoint, we didn’t execute in the most critical situations. Yeah, there was some stuff that was bad at the end of the game, but there were so many poor things leading into that moment that we should have never put ourselves in that position. When we did, I felt that there was a sideline that did not expect to win the game and that’s exactly how I feel we played.”
On bouncing back from this loss: “It’s a challenge to bounce back from a game like that on a short week with a young team where our culture’s not established, obviously, after this game. We’ve got to continue to work and continue to grind. For us — players, coaches and everyone associated with this team — it’s going to take a total team effort to go get a win against Georgia Southern [on Thursday]. Everybody in that building ought to expect to go beat Georgia Southern five days from now. That’s the only way you’re going to win that football game. You have to respond with your work starting tomorrow, taking care of bodies with no complaining or any of the extracurricular stuff. You just have to work and find a way to win a football game.”
On what Texas State was doing differently offensively in the second half: “I thought they did a nice job working out boundary. They worked some comebacks against us on the offense on the scrambles. We said it coming into the game, the whole thing was about their quarterback. The quarterback scrambles and the quarterback keeps opened some things up in the run game because we were trying to protect our corners a little bit, and we did a poor job of that. Offensively, we gave up too many silly pressures. We had some shots down field where we didn’t take care of business. At the end, I felt we were so inconsistent in the run game that an outcome like that is inevitable.”
Senior LB Jamal Brooks
On the message in the locker room after the game: “We just lost. The message in the locker room was clear, we beat ourselves. There was nothing our opponent did that we didn’t expect for them to do, everything that they did tonight we’ve repped and practiced. It’s on me, I had too many missed tackles; I have to lead the defense.”
On Texas State’s run game in the second half: “They started picking up on a couple of our plays. To be a great team you need to jell together in times like this, and I’m the first one to say I have to play better.”
Junior CB Darrell Luter Jr.
On the mood of the locker room after the loss: “We know we have to pick it up next week. It’s a very disappointing loss. We made some mistakes on the field, but we’re going to correct them.”
On the defense wearing down, but continuing to fight: “Adversity hit us, so we had to find something deep within us to keep fighting each play one play at a time.”
On what was different with Texas State’s offense after halftime: “I feel like they came out with a little more energy than us. They had a little bit more momentum that we did.”
Redshirt Freshman RB AJ Phillips
On the disappointment in the locker room: “It’s very disappointing, it hurts. We had momentum and we just lost it. We just have to get back to work.”
On contributing with several other running backs out due to injury: “I had to be patient and wait my turn, and when my name was called I was ready to go. That’s what we do in the running back room, when it’s your time you have to step up and lead.”
Up next: The Jaguars return home on Thursday to play host to Georgia Southern, with kickoff on ESPNU scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CDT).
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