Texas State Bobcats football
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|Texas State Bobcats football|
|Athletic director||Larry Teis|
|Head coach||Dennis Franchione
7th year, 36–34 (.514)
Mike Schultz (Co-OC)
|Home stadium||Bobcat Stadium (Texas State)|
|Stadium surface||FieldTurf Duraspine Pro|
|Location||San Marcos, Texas|
Independent (1904–1924, 2011)
|All-time record||503–421–26 (.543)|
|Postseason bowl record||2–0 (1.000)|
|Claimed national titles||2 (1981 & 1982 Palm Bowls - Division II Championship Games)|
Maroon and Old 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 a 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 all out conference titles. Since the 2011 season, the Bobcats have been coached by Dennis Franchione, and 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 Subdvision 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.
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: *
- 1904–1924: Independent
- 1925–1930: Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1931–1983: 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, 1917, 1942–1945
All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams
Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current Sun Belt opponents as of the end of the 2014 season:
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 future of the rivalry is in question, as Texas State moved to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013 and UT-San Antonio moved to Conference USA. Texas State has proposed a home and home series between the two schools every year, while UTSA prefers to play in the Alamodome every year with the two teams alternating as the "home" team every year financially. UTSA is not listed on Texas State's 2013 football schedule.
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. It is unknown whether the two schools will continue to schedule each other in the future, and SFA is not listed on Texas State's 2013 schedule.
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
|at Florida State||at Ohio||vs UTSA||vs Tulsa||vs UTSA||at UTSA||vs UTSA||at UTSA||vs UTSA||at UTSA|
|vs Prairie View A&M||at Arkansas||at UTSA||vs Ohio|
|vs Southern Miss||vs Houston|
|at Houston||vs Incarnate Word|
Bobcats in the NFL
|Joplo Bartu||LB||Atlanta Falcons|
|Darryl Morris||CB||Houston Texans|
|Craig Mager||DB||San Diego Chargers|
|David Mayo||LB||Carolina Panthers|
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