Texas State runner-up Brock Sturges did not play in the first season, but made the most of his Saturday night debut in Miami, scoring twice, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime for a win. 23-17 at Florida International.
Sturges didn’t start the game, but ended up with nine 43-yard gates and two goals.
“We didn’t play complementary football all the time, but the kids did a good job without pointing fingers and kept playing hard,” Bobcats coach Jake Spavital said. “We would not have done that last year or in 2019.
“We started offensively, but we gave up some great plays on defense. Then when the offense stalled, the defense increased and made some big plays. I’m proud of how we kept fighting and we stayed together. as a team “.
Calvin Hill started running, recording a maximum of 72 yards. Brady McBride, who started as a quarterback, added 53 yards on the ground and was left 18 of 31 for 165 yards and a touchdown through the air. Marcell Barbee had eight catches (a maximum run) for 67 yards.
The running Panthers, D’Vonte Price, ran for 111 yards on 23 gates, but lost two fumbles. FIU quarterback Max Bortenschlager finished 17 of 31 for 259 yards with two touchdowns.
The Bobcats scored in their opening drive on the 17-yard pass from McBride to Caleb Twyford on a wheeled route. FIU opened the second quarter with a 10-play, 65-yard partial, but Bobcats defender Binky Coleman forced a fight, which was recovered by Nick McCan.
Texas State went up 10-0 two units later with Seth Keller’s 48-yard goal with 2:10 at halftime, but the Panthers made it 10-7 at the break with Bortenschlager’s 22-yard pass to Tyrese Chambers with six seconds left. And the FIU went up 17-10 in the third with another touchdown pass and an 18-yard field goal.
The Bobcats (1-1) regained momentum in the fourth, however, after safety Zion Chldress forced another uproar and a 36-yard pass from McBride to Javen Banks put them on the 2-yard line. yards. Sturge’s 2-yard run drew 17-17 with 10:09 to go.
In overtime, another FIU boom – Bortenschlager was fired by Isaiah Nixon – returned the ball to the Bobcats in the Panthers ’25; Texas State got the game’s winning touchdown in the Sturges ’11-yard run.
“Brock Sturges is a good back, and it was good to see him bounce tonight and grab his hand at the end of the game,” Spavital said. “The defense won the game for us. They forced three rotations and gave us the ball in overtime, just needing to throw a field goal to win. I liked that we could punch. “
On Saturday, Texas State will host Incarnate Word (1-1).
“I’ve been emphasizing the running game to get some pressure off McBride,” Spavital said. “We have to make some plays for him. But it was good that we were able to establish a running game.