Texas State Bobcats football
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|Texas State Bobcats football|
|Athletic director||Larry Teis|
|Head coach||Everett Withers
1st year, 2–4 (.333)
|Other staff||Randall McCray (Assistant HC/DC/ILB)
Brett Elliott (OC/QB)
Ron Antoine (RB/TE)
Parker Fleming (WR/ST)
Adrian Mayes (OL/Recruiting)
Troy Douglas (S)
Jules Montinar (CB)
Tyler Santucci (OLB)
Antoine Smith (DL)
Aaron Burkart (S&C)
John Streicher (DFO)
Michael George (DPP)
Jeremy Smith (DPD)
|Field surface||FieldTurf Revolution 360 with CoolPlay|
|Location||San Marcos, Texas|
|Past conferences||WAC (2012)
Gulf Star (1984–1986)
Lone Star (1932–1983)
|All-time record||504–421–26 (.544)|
|Bowl record||2–0 (1.000)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||2 (1981 & 1982 Palm Bowls - Division II Championship Games)|
|Colors||Maroon and Gold
|Fight song||Go Bobcats!|
|Mascot||Boko the Bobcat|
|Marching band||The Pride of the Hill Country|
|Website||Texas State Bobcats|
The Texas State Bobcats football program is an NCAA Division I-FBS college football team that represents Texas State University. They currently play in the Sun Belt Conference. The program began in 1904 and has an overall winning record. The program has a total of fourteen conference titles, nine of them being outright conference titles. Beginning with the 2016 season, the Bobcats have been coached by Everett Withers. Home games are played at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas.
Given that the school has grown to become the fourth-largest university in Texas, and one of the 75 largest universities in the United States, it has now taken its football program to the Football Bowl Subdivision of NCAA football.
The team became a member of the FBS Western Athletic Conference in 2012. After only one season in the WAC, Texas State moved to the Sun Belt Conference. Texas State joined the league in July 2013 and began conference play for the 2013-2014 academic year.
- 1 Championship history
- 2 Division I-A/FBS Bowl Game results
- 3 Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results
- 4 Division II Playoffs results
- 5 All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams
- 6 Rivalries
- 7 Future non-conference opponents
- 8 Current Bobcats in the NFL
- 9 References
- 10 External links
In 2005, Texas State split the Southland Conference title with rival Nicholls State, and advanced to the Division I-AA football playoffs for the first time since the 1980s, losing in the semifinal to eventual national runner-up Northern Iowa, and finishing with an 11-3 record.
In 2008, Texas State overcame a 21-0 deficit to win the Southland Conference championship with a 48-45 overtime victory against Sam Houston State, its first outright league title since 1982.
Only nine of Texas State's fourteen conference titles are outright titles. The other five are shared titles.
† Denotes shared title. Reference: 
- 1904–1921: Independent
- 1922–1931: Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1932–1983: Lone Star Conference
- 1984–1986: Gulf Star Conference
- 1987–2010: Southland Conference
- 2011: Independent
- 2012: Western Athletic Conference
- 2013–present: Sun Belt Conference
No Team: 1905–1908, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1942, 1944, 1945
Division I-A/FBS Bowl Game results
The Bobcats have been bowl eligible twice since moving up to Division I-FBS. In 2013, Texas State went 6-6 in the first year the Bobcats were eligible to win a conference title or attend a bowl game after their 2-year FCS to FBS transition. In 2014, Texas State finished the season 7–5, 5–3 in Sun Belt play to finish in a three way tie for fourth place. Although eligible, they were not selected to participate in a bowl game; the Bobcats were the only eligible 7–5 FBS team not to receive a bowl bid.
Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results
The Bobcats have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs two times with an overall record of 2–2.
|2008||First Round||Montana||L 13–31|
Division II Playoffs results
The Bobcats have appeared in the Division II playoffs three times with an overall record of 6–1. They are two time National Champions (1981, 1982).
National Championship Game
North Dakota State
National Championship Game
|Fort Valley State
|1983||Quarterfinals||Central State||L 16–24|
All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams
Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current Sun Belt opponents:
- Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football will begin competition in 2017
Texas State football maintains one current rivalry with the UTSA Roadrunners and have a number of defunct rivalries caused by conference realignment.
I-35 Maroon/Orange Rivalry - UTSA Roadrunners
Texas State and UT-San Antonio faced off for the first time in the football continuation of the I-35 Maroon/Orange Rivalry between the two schools in the Alamodome November 24, 2012. The Bobcats lost the game to the UTSA Roadrunners by a score of 38 to 31 and, thus hold an 0 - 1 disadvantage to UTSA. The two teams are scheduled to play 8 Home and Home games beginning in 2017.
Texas State and Sam Houston State faced each other 89 times on the gridiron between 1919 and 2011, making the Bearkats the most familiar Bobcat rival in program history. Both programs have experienced long runs of success and failure throughout their histories, and the rivalry was strengthened further by geographical proximity, cultural differences, and being peer institutions in the same university system.
After Texas State's move to FBS and the WAC in 2012, the series was discontinued. Sam Houston State won the most recent tilt between the two teams in San Marcos on November 19, 2011 by a score of 36-14. It is unknown whether the two schools will schedule each other for future matchups.
Texas State currently holds a 48-36-4 series lead.
The Lumberjacks and Bobcats played each other continuously through multiple conference realignments and name changes from 1923-2012. The rivalry has mostly been based on proximity and familiarity rather than parity and competitiveness between the two programs, as one program has generally been successful while the other has struggled.
Texas State won the latest tilt between the two foes in San Marcos, 41-37, on September 22, 2012. Texas State currently holds a 57-29-1 series lead.
Battle for the Paddle - Nicholls State Colonels
In fall 1998, just before the Bobcats were scheduled to take on the Nicholls State Colonels, rains flooded San Marcos and the field at Bobcat Stadium. Athletic directors and coaches from each school decided not to continue with the game and coined the annual contest named "Battle for the Paddle," joking that fans and athletes needed to use a boat and paddle to get to the game. The game eventually took place on November 28, 1998 with the Bobcats prevailing 28-27 to win the Paddle.
NSU Athletic Director Rob Bernardi brought controversy to the final chapter of the rivalry in 2011, when he refused to bring the Paddle to San Marcos due to Texas State having a scholarship advantage as an FCS transitional school. Texas State players and fans made their own paddles in response, and the Bobcats won 38-12. It is unknown whether the two schools will schedule each other in the future.
Nicholls State currently holds the series lead, 16-14.
SWT vs. A&I - Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas
The Bobcats and Javelinas were fierce rivals in the Lone Star Conference from the year of entry of TAMU-Kingsville (then Texas A&I University) into the LSC in 1954 to the year of departure of Texas State (then Southwest Texas State University) to the Gulf Star Conference in 1984. However, by the time of TAMU-Kingsville's entry into the LSC, both teams were already quite familiar with each other, having played continuously from 1939-1953 and six times from 1925-1938. Both teams were very competitive and generally successful during the time of their rivalry, as Texas State won nine Lone Star Conference titles and two (NCAA Division II) national titles and TAMU-Kingsville won twelve Lone Star Conference titles and nine (NAIA) national titles. The two schools continued to play each other after Texas State's departure from the Lone Star Conference with only one interruption (1986) from 1984-1995. Texas State won the last meeting, 28-21, in San Marcos on September 7, 2002. It is unlikely that the two schools will face each other in the future due to Texas State's move to the NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision and TAMU-Kingsville's continued residence in the NCAA's Division II.
The Javelinas currently hold the series lead, 33-25-2.
Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of September 8, 2015
|at Ohio||vs Houston Baptist||at Rutgers||at Texas A&M||vs UTSA||at UTSA||vs UTSA||at Baylor||vs UTSA||at UTSA|
|at Arkansas||at Colorado||at UTSA||vs Wyoming||vs SMU||at Baylor||vs Baylor||at UTSA||vs Arizona State||at Arizona State|
|vs Houston||vs UTSA||vs Tulsa||at SMU||vs Ohio|
|vs Incarnate Word||at Wyoming|
Current Bobcats in the NFL
|Joplo Bartu||LB||Arizona Cardinals|
|Adrian Bellard||T||Chicago Bears|
|Craig Mager||DB||San Diego Chargers|
|David Mayo||LB||Carolina Panthers|
|David Mims II||CB||Atlanta Falcons|
|Darryl Morris||CB||Indianapolis Colts|
|Ty Nsekhe||T||Washington Redskins|
- "Southwest Texas St. Bowl History". Cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
- Texas State University Athletic Logos Art Sheet (PDF). Texas State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
- "Texas State Football History Database". Txstatebobcats.cstv.com. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
-  Archived March 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived December 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Goodbye to the paddle". HoumaToday.com. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
- "Texas State Bobcats Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- "NFL Players by College - T". espn.go.com. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
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