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RUNAWAY WIN

Austin Humphreys, Star Photo Editor

Top: Marcus Curry, senior running back, continues a 73-yard touchdown Sept. 1 against the University of Houston. Curry finished the night with a career high of 131 rushing yards. Texas State defeated the Cougars 30-13 in the season opener. Left: Chase Harper, senior tight end, breaks through the Cougars’ defensive line Sept. 1 at Corbin J. Robertson Stadium in Houston.

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Candidate challenges mayoral incumbent By Adrian Omar Ramirez News Reporter Last Tuesday was the filing deadline for local elections in San Marcos, and the mayoral race has two candidates: incumbent mayor Daniel Guerrero and challenger Thom Prentice. Prentice, a former curriculum and instruction professor at Southwest Texas State who has lived in San Marcos for less than two years, said he was inspired to run for mayor by a number of events in recent years. Locally, Prentice said he was both bothered and surprised when he heard 39 percent of San Marcos residents are at-orbelow poverty level. “That’s extraordinary,” he said. “What is San Marcos doing to meet their needs, and what will happen if Medicare dies?” Guerrero said some of the biggest challenges the city is faces is bringing more job opportunities to San Marcos. One of the ways Guerrero hopes to expand job opportunities is through the Texas South International Alliance, a program that develops partnership and communication between South Texas cities and international entities in Mexico, Asia and Europe. “We are not and cannot see ourselves as a small city,” Guerrero said. “This is a global market, and we can work together as a region in bringing everything together. Prentice said one of his main concerns is climate change, with regard to record heat and glacier melts. He said the city focused too much on development and not enough on combating climate change. Prentice has also spoken out against government overreach, citing the removal of Planet K’s car-planter and the noise dispute between Zelick’s Ice House and the Crystal River Inn. “It seems like the city likes to meddle in people’s lives and the interests of small businesses,” Prentice said. “If San Marcos has the money and police time to tag the car and tow it away, it seems to me an example of a paternalistic nanny-state at the local level.” Guerrero added he wants to further develop infrastructure around town, including redevelopment of bike lanes, making the city more pedestrian-friendly and the possible construction of a new overpass over Loop 82. Prentice admits his campaign is unconventional and he intends to raise issues that would not otherwise be raised. Prentice said he does not bear his opponent, incumbent Daniel Guerrero, any ill will. “I’m not running against Guerrero,” he said. “I’m just running for mayor.” Lisa Coppoletta, San Marcos resident and former city council candidate, has been a longtime supporter of Guerrero. “I’ve seen various mayors come and go, and he is the most transparent,” Coppoletta said. “He is someone who listens, and that’s why I respect him.

Place 5 candidates address City council Place 6 city’s growing development seat up for contention

Carlos Valdez, Assistant Photo Editor

By Natalie Berko News Reporter San Marcos resident Melissa Derrick has filed to run for Place 5 on the San Marcos City Council against incumbent Ryan Thomason. Derrick, who is an administrative assistant for Texas State’s Center for International Studies, filed just a moment before the 5 p.m. write-in candidacy deadline Aug. 24. Derrick said she waited until the last minute because she did not want to step on the toes of another person she originally thought was going to run against Thomason for the Place 5 seat. “It was kind of dramatic,” Derrick said. “It was no ploy to freak anyone out — it was just the way it played out.” Derrick was present at the meeting held at the Dunbar Community Center last week where residents were able to show city planners where they would like to see future development in San Marcos. The meeting was planned to accommodate the city’s growing population. Derrick said one of the key issues needing attention in San Marcos is the traffic flow on Sessom and North LBJ Drive. “(The traffic) is already overloaded,

and our city planners have told us that it cannot be fixed,” Derrick said. Patrick Duran, Derrick’s campaign treasurer, said that while some of the construction occurring in the city may initially appear appealing, it is actually detrimental to the community and local economy in the long run. “We have kind of a gut feeling about the way development is occurring in San Marcos and we feel that it does not seem right,” Duran said. Thomason serves on the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan committee. He said the city is aiming to construct a plan working in conjunction with the university’s recently updated master plan to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible. “The city has not updated its master plan in 17 years, which is about seven years longer than state law even allows for,” Thomason said. “I think it is important that the council that starts the master plan completes the master plan.” One idea Derrick has for the improvement of the city is the addition of a “student community hub” to either the McCarty Lane area or the Springtown shopping center off Thorpe Lane and Springtown Way. The university could set up the hub complete with housing, classrooms and food courts, she said. “I think students would be much happier if they were in a community with just students and that kind of hub would really work,” Derrick said. Derrick has also expressed that the city needs to preserve the unique character and environment of San Marcos for generations to come. “We do not want our legacy to be that we have turned San Marcos into San Antonio, where the river is not swimmable anymore,” Derrick said. Thomason said he is not yet sure of how he and Derrick will differentiate as candidates on city issues, but voters can attend a number of different debates held by various organizations before the Nov. 6 election. “I remember the one time we did meet, her last comment was ‘I hope you decide to run again,’ which is kind of ironic,” Thomason said.

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By Taylor Tompkins Assistant News Editor A former Texas State student who was a Marine Corps sergeant has entered the San Marcos City Council race for Place 6. Greg Frank is running against incumbent Shane Scott in November’s city elections. While in the Marine Corps, Frank served in a combat unit as a demolitions specialist during his two tours to the Al Anbar province of Iraq. After being honorably discharged in 2006, Frank said he came to San Marcos to continue his education. Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from Texas State last May. The Achieving Community Together partnership between the city and university, which is designed to help both entities work together more efficiently, is a project Frank said he would like to pursue. “We want students to be able to graduate from Texas State and continue to live here,” Frank said. “One thing the university can do as far as contributing to San Marcos is help increase the availability of jobs in this town. Both can work together to bring in viable jobs for recent graduates.”

The Austin native said he hopes to protect established neighborhoods and the river by being more conscious of where new development projects are being placed within the city. “I want to see greater transparency in the development process,” Frank said. “There are many times when the citizens are unaware of a project that could greatly affect their little piece of this beautiful city.” Lisa Prewitt, local business owner and San Marcos resident of 18 years, said she met Frank while he was working at Garden-Ville. “He had the problem-solving abilities and listening skills necessary to be an asset to city council,” she asserts. Scott, who is a local business owner like Prewitt, said he wants to protect small businesses and homes, and is personally invested in education as a single father. “I don’t represent a single group, I represent the whole town,” Scott said. “I’ve actively worked to become a better leader and I think I am far from where I started two years ago.” Frank said what he lacks in political experience is made up for in his unique experiences beyond the realm of government. He said he wants to bring more energy and diversity to city council. “I’ve gotten involved with city council over the last year or so, and I’ve noticed that some of the city councilmembers don’t seem to accurately reflect the sentiment of the citizens,” Frank said. “Yet, that’s their whole purpose: to take what the citizens want and bring it into action.” While Frank said the biggest challenge facing his campaign is getting residents to recognize his name, his campaign manager, Amy Kirwin, said making sure people vote for local politicians is an equally challenging feat. “City Council elections are just as important as the national elections,” Kirwin said. “We need everyone to vote all the way down the ballot, especially since there are presidential, senatorial and congressional races as well.” Frank said he plans to continue meeting with citizens and listening to their concerns and problemsbefore the November elections. “I fell in love with this place,” Frank said. “I think there are a lot of things that this town has to offer, and we do plenty of things well. I think there are some things that we can do better.”


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OPINIONS

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Policy change, enforcement may relieve Quad traffic

Kara Ramer, Star Illustrator

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he beginning of the school year signals new classes, new professors, new students and the conversion of The Quad into a human traffic jam. This cornerstone of campus, lined with scenic trees and iconic statues, has turned into one of the most frustrating stretches of campus. In a school with ever-increasing enrollment numbers and increasingly larger freshman classes, The Quad has become overcrowded —not only with people, but groups recruiting students to join their cause. Organizations clutter The Quad, handing out fliers, asking for money for philanthropy and bombarding students in an inefficient manner. This creates near chaos in the flow

of traffic with people stopping, pushing, shoving and trying to make it to class. Students should not have to strategically tiptoe around organizations playing washers at their booths and people handing them fliers that will end up littering the campus. The university should more closely enforce rules already in place and extend the area that clubs can set up to help everyone’s day move a little faster. The Quad does not have to be a constantly congested mess. The Farmer’s Market held in The Quad on the last Thursday of every month is a prime example of how students getting to and from class can get positive exposure to booths promoting a good or group. Students do not feel rushed and can move easily from booth to booth because they are not being screamed at, pestered or handed neoncolored fliers in the middle of the walkway. Students with no desire to browse can easily

continue on to their destination. While clubs and organizations have the right to be in The Quad to promote and recruit, there needs to be some order to the system. There are rules in place concerning how big a group’s setup can be and how far into the walkway they can stray. While more closely enforcing these rules would be ideal to relieve some of the congestion, devoting resources to police student organizations may not be the most feasible option for the university. Limiting the number of groups that can set up tables in The Quad would be a better and more controllable way to avoid pileups in front of Evans Liberal Arts and TaylorMurphy History building. There would be more room for students to make it through The Quad unobstructed, with fewer groups in the tight area, and less interruption for the students who want to find out more about a

group. Limiting the number of groups in The Quad does not have to put a strain on the groups who want exposure. Tables and tents could be set up along the walkway next to the Bobcat statue, which has equally heavy flows of traffic from the bus loop. Additionally, booths could be set up all the way up to LBJ Student Center, where few booths are ever placed.

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University should invest in VP nominee Paul Ryan’s budget threatens Pell Grants if enacted more recycling bins

By Savannah Wingo Assistant Opinions Editor In the interest of increasing sustainability, Texas State should implement recycling bins next to every trashcan around campus. According to an Oct. 12 University Star article, the campus has steadily embraced environmentally friendly initiatives since a recycling program was established nearly 11 years ago. Now is the time to take the next step forward to make recycling more accessible for the average student. Around the university, recycling bins are not as visible or as numerous as trashcans. By placing a recycling bin by every trashcan on campus, particularly in high-traffic areas such as The Quad, students will be encouraged to recycle while walking to and from class. Currently, The Quad and other busy areas at the university are overwhelmingly outfitted with trashcans rather than recycling bins. For the average student walking to class, it is much easier to throw away bottles or cans in the trash than it is to recycle separately. Many students do not have the time or the commitment to walk around campus in search of a recycling container. Texas State has the potential to multiply its recycling output by adding more receptacles with easier accessibility for students, faculty and staff. Switching to a simpler single-stream system could also increase the amount The University Star 601 University Drive Trinity Building, Room 101 San Marcos, TX 78666 Phone: (512) 245-3487 Fax: (512) 245-3708

of recycling on campus. The university could invest in recycling bins made from older, dual-plastic and aluminum models or purchase single-stream receptacles that can take any recyclable material without having to be sorted out beforehand. Single-stream recycling is a relatively new phenomenon in the green world, but implementing it now would mark Texas State as a leader in environmentally friendly practices. Many colleges, such as Yale University, already have single-stream systems, as well as additional recycling bins on their campuses. Even residential and commercial areas are beginning to follow the trend. Texas State should not lag behind the movement while it is happening. Adapting more efficient green methods would make the university ahead of the curve, which should give Bobcats yet another reason to be proud of their school. Texas State has already made significant improvements to sustainability with its recycling program and the Common Experience theme that shed light on the topic two years ago. The campus follows green plans for energy use, according to the sustainability section of the Texas State website. For example, a few current buildings and new construction projects including the Performing Arts Center are certified or will soon receive certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Also, the agriculture department utilizes bins in the LBJ Student Center for a composting operation entitled Bobcat Blend. Now, however, the university is starting to fall behind in the accessibility and ease of recycling receptacles. To simplify recycling, Texas State should implement dual or single-stream bins beside trashcans on campus.

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By Christian Penichet-Paul Opinions Columnist

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t is oftentimes said that death is the most certain thing in life, but as many college students know, paying an arm and a leg to attend college is a close second. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for U.S. vice president, knows this well. Ryan attended college during the 1990s and used student loans to pay for his education. He said in an interview he had to work three jobs to pay back the loans. It is therefore all the more surprising that his budget for the federal government, proposed in 2011, cuts down on Pell Grants. The grants are part of a popular federal financial assistance program for college students with funding that does not need to be repaid like a loan. Pell Grants will play a pivotal role in the continuation of college education for many Bobcats this fall. Ryan’s proposal to reduce Pell Grants will simply come across as bad news for lots of students. The Ryan Budget, as it is popularly known, would likely eliminate substantial funds from the Pell Grants program. According to a March 27 Huffington Post article, an Education Trust analysis found that up to one million students could lose Pell Grant funding in the next 10 years. The proposed budget would cut Pell Grants by $170 billion and eliminate the program’s eligibility for part-time students, who usually have to work to pay their way through college. Pell Grants are designed to help lowerand middle-class students achieve a secondary education. Ryan’s misguided efforts could mean some students acquire even more burdensome debts. Eventually, other

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people might be discouraged from going to college for fear of significant financial setbacks. Texas State would not be immune to the effects of potential Pell Grant cuts. According to a March 31, 2010 University Star article, Texas State students received approximately $22 million in Pell Grant funding during the 2008 to 2009 academic year. The grants helped more than 7,000 students continue their education at the university. On average, those individual students received $3,136 annually, which is a hefty sum that would be difficult to accumulate otherwise. The passage of the Ryan Budget could mean fewer Texas State students will be able to afford their higher education degree plans. Some students with the motivation and proper skills for a particular job field might be unable to acquire a quality education because of a lack of finances. Overall, making college more affordable for students is the most important reform needed in higher education today. It should not be the other way around — students do not need to see their Pell Grant funds reduced. For one, there is little sense in placing cuts on this pivotal program when tuition prices are on the rise across the nation. Also, the Ryan Budget introduces sharp spending cuts for Pell Grants with the purpose of lowering federal debt. The growing debt is a problem, but it should not be paid off at the expense of students at Texas State and other institutions. College students represent the future of the country, and the nation will likely become uncompetitive in the global economy if those students are not able to afford higher education costs. If Pell Grant funds are reduced, many hardworking students will feel the hurt financially. The Ryan Budget has the capacity to eliminate these funds through discretionary spending, thereby impacting a portion of Texas State students directly. Bobcats should stand against ideas that may slowly close the doors of higher education for some students entirely.

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these kids, who either want pictures with you or they don’t. Then, you get in a car or a plane, go to the next city and do it all over again. It’s a fun opportunity. PR: How did you think of incorporating your guitar into your comedy show? JCN: I just wanted to do something different than the regular monologists.

J. Chris Newberg

comedian, songwriter and guitarist

By Pam Renteria Trends Reporter J. Chris Newberg has spent most of his life traveling and entertaining people with his guitar, whether it is performing with bands like the Counting Crows or opening up for comedian Dane Cook. Like many other performers, Newberg has a loyal fan base, the Chris Army, which follows his every move. Tuesday night in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom, Newberg will show Texas State students why he had audiences in the America’s Got Talent studio and all over the country laughing. The University Star sat down with Newberg to talk about his past and upcoming show and projects. PR: I read on Laugh Factory that you’ve spent most of your life touring. What’s it like going from touring with bands like the Counting Crows to comedians like Dane Cook? JCN: It’s an opportunity to perform. I’m kind of like a gypsy. I enjoy going town-to-town drinking with strangers. You become really good friends with people you’ll probably never see again. For a period of twelve hours, you get the opportunity to travel, perform in front of all

PR: What’s it like having to do a “clean” show for college students? JCN: It’s a bit of a challenge. But as long as you are being honest with them, I don’t have to be dirty. It’s not what I’m about. I’m not really a dirty comic. I’m more of what you would call adult-themed. PR: You are currently working on a show in collaboration with Howie Mandel, America’s Got Talent judge, for NBC. Could you tell me a little bit more about that? JCN: It’s a comedy show that I wrote and came up with. We’re just trying to make it happen. It’s a long process. It has to go through the channels, the network and of course putting it all together. Howie’s been really supportive. PR: Where would you like your career to go from here? JCN: I want my own show. I want to be able to tour constantly. I love being on the road. I know that’s easier said than done. We need to be able to get ahold of a bigger audience. It’s nice being able to go from town to town and gain followers along the way. It’s a long waiting process, as to where television gives the opportunity to catapult you instantly to a bigger exposure. Photo courtesy J Chris Newberg

PR: Do you have a message you want to send out to J. Chris Newberg will be performing stand-up comedy Sept. 4 at the our students? LBJ Student Center. JCN: Free hugs are addicting and follow me on Twitter, @thechrisarmy.

Dance music featured at Texas Music Theater event By Xander Peters Trends Reporter There was a cloud of electric emotion Friday night as Kill The Noise dropped the set for Texas State’s sixth annual Back-to-School Bash. The explosion of the American dance music scene has invigorated a new wave of nocturnal concert-goers over the last few years in San Marcos. Texas Music Theater played host to this renovated version of a 1960s Grateful Dead crowd that brings together adrenaline-fueled music lovers for some of the city’s most energetic entertainment. The event was co-produced with the help of Disco Donnie Presents, AfterDark Entertainment and Oh Bleep! productions. Performance support for the night included local

electronica artists, such as Teddy Chang, Gamma and Toddy B. “I’d say it was a definite success on all of our parts,” said Daniel Wineland, Disco Donnie promotional staff. “Everyone present seemed to be having an amazing time, as well as ourselves. It’s steep to say but it was pretty much a perfect setup for the show.” With a crowd of more than 1,000 present, the venue reached its capacity for the sold-out concert just past midnight. Moments before the main performance took place, Toddy B closed out his set by asking if the crowd was ready for Kill The Noise to start, to which they replied by creating a surge toward center stage. The headliner dropped the first track of his set around 12:30 a.m. “It was a really tight mix. There was a lot more mainstream (electronic dance) music,” Wineland said.

“That’s what the people want to hear and that’s what is going to sell tickets in the end.” As the performance reached a climax for the night, machines blew billowing smoke in between dancing beams of light in the raving crowd. Remixes to 1990s tracks like the “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song and infamous party track Jump Around by House of Pain helped put together the last 30 minutes of the artist’s mix. Scott Gregson, Texas Music Theater co-owner, said that the venue’s production staff make sure patrons thoroughly enjoy their music experience, while also ensuring the artists’ performances sound great. “It was a loud night,” Gregson said. “There was a great crescendo to his set. (Kill The Noise) was really entertaining and the people had fun with it. The production companies did a great job as well, and we all appreciated the affiliation with both Disco Donnie and AfterDark.”


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SPORTS

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SOCCER

Texas State ties HBU, loses to Rice on Houston road trip By Odus Evbagharu Sports Reporter Texas State (2-2-1) tied Houston Baptist University (1-2-1) Friday night with a score of 1-1, and remained undefeated against the Huskies all-time, 4-0-1. The Bobcats and Huskies went into overtime for the first time since 2008, when Texas State came out on top 2-1 in that match. Senior forward Serena Hines scored her first goal of the season Friday night in the 29th minute, off of freshman forward Lynsey Curry’s first career assist as a Bobcat. HBU then scored with 35 minutes left in regulation, to send the game into overtime. Eventually, the two squads ended in a stalemate at the end of both overtimes and tied. The Bobcats outshot the Huskies 2-1 in overtime and ended the game out-shooting HBU 1413. “My biggest complaint on Friday night was I didn’t think we played as a team. We played individually.” Coach Kat Conner said. “I thought (Sunday) we improved it and came out as a team.

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Texas State soccer tied with Houston Baptist University Aug. 31 with an end result of 1-1. The Bobcats were then defeated Sept. 2 at Rice 2-1.

From here on out we just need to do the same thing and keep the intensity and execute what we’re trying to do. If we do that in practice, we’ll do it in a game.” Sunday night, the Bobcats headed out to the Rice Track and Soccer Stadium to take on the Rice Owls in the finale of their Houston weekend roadtrip. Junior goalie Natalie Gardini was put to the test early as the Owls came out attacking. In the 25th minute, Gardini came out of the box to break up a promising attack by the Owls’ offense. Rice did eventually find the back of the net as they scored their first goal in the 30th minute, off a cross to the back post past Gardini. Texas State had a 1-0 deficit going into halftime Sunday night and had their offense coming out attacking on all cylinders to begin the second half of play. Two minutes from halftime sophomore midfielder Tori Hale scored the team’s first goal. Jourdan Brown, sophomore forward, had headed the ball on target, but the Owl goalkeeper rico-

cheted it back out and Brown received the rebound and passed it back to Hale for the goal. “I thought this game we really came out with the mentality of knowing what we were going to do and doing it together,” Conner said. “Players stepped to defend and others covered around them.” The game at this point was tied 1-1, and Texas State’s attack looked promising on the Owls’ defense. However, Rice would seal the deal in the 49th minute when the Owls put the go-ahead goal on the board when a Rice forward got past Gardini and put a promising shot into the net, finalizing the game 2-1. In the 57th minute, the Bobcats had a chance to even up the score, when junior forward Gabbi Cottee crossed a ball into the box and Curry had a run at it, but was tripped up before she could take the shot. Texas State returns home to take on Central Michigan on Friday and will travel to Fort Worth Sunday to battle Texas Christian. Twitter: @TState_Sports18

I thought [against Rice] we really came out with the mentality of knowing what we were going to do and doing it together. Players stepped to defend and others covered around them.” —Coach Kat Conner

VOLLEYBALL

Bobcats face off against Baylor after four straight wins

By Jordan Cole Sports Reporter

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The Texas State volleyball team returned victorious to San Marcos from the Lamar Invitational. The team did not lose a single set all weekend against the competition and is now over .500 (4-3) for the first time this season going into the game against Baylor (5-1) Tuesday, Sept. 4. Coach Karen Chisum said she was very proud of the results the team achieved last weekend. Chisum also said she was glad to continue seeing signs of progress as the season continues to unfold. “I thought we did a great job on first contact, which we talk a lot about,” Chisum said. “It sets up what we want to do on offense, and we did it more consistent this weekend. I think we also found a really nice flow through Caleigh McCorquodale. She really stepped up this weekend and ran the offense.” Senior setter Caleigh McCorquodale had an impressive showing on the weekend. She averaged 9 assists, 2.89 digs and 1 kill per set while collecting her second double-double in a week against Tulane, in which she finished with 33 assists and 13 digs. For all her contributions she earned

MVP of the tournament and Player of the Week in the Western Athletic Conference, the first ever Texas State Bobcat to do so. Junior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun and sophomore outside hitter Alexandra Simms also had standout performances on the weekend, earning all-tournament honors. The Bobcats are deep at the setting position, which is important for any team. A good setter knows how to read the floor and where to distribute the ball to create favorable matchups. “It’s kind of like our football team, who keep going back with (Tyler) Arndt and (Shaun) Rutherford — two very good quarterbacks,” Chisum said. “(The question is) who’s going to run the show the best on what day, and this weekend it was Caleigh.” The kinds of favorable matchups created through good setting will be instrumental on Tuesday against Baylor, which has a stronger record than any team the Bobcats came across this weekend. Baylor also has some momentum after their victory over No. 25 Cal Berkley. “Baylor is a great team,” Chisum said. “We have to be consistent, Caleigh is going to have to outsmart their middle blocker, and we have to play

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great defense.” McCorquodale said she feels confident in the team against Baylor and said having this difficult preseason schedule only helps the team to grow to its set standard. “Our coaches always set a tough preseason schedule for us and this season we started out 0-3 and came back and really tried to re-focus and set our minds on the things that we wanted to work on,” McCorquodale said. “So in practice we’ve been working really hard to accomplish those and each game has been building up to where we want to be.” Last season the Bobcats took the Bears into the fifth and final set before surrendering their chance at victory. Mc-

Corquodale said this win would be just what the doctor prescribed for the team. “It would be a huge win for us,” McCorquodale said. “Last year we took Baylor to five (sets) so we know we can do it. We’re just going to have to outwork them and outsmart them. They always have a good team and especially at their place. It will be a hard one but it’d be an awesome win to come away with.” Baylor holds a 27-12-2 record against Texas State in 41 meetings. Texas State has not won in Waco since 1990. Play is set to begin in Waco at The Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. Twitter: @TXStatesman


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wasn’t working how it should have worked. I feel we stopped ourselves.” The Bobcat offense took 43:09 of possession, forcing the Cougars’ offense to the sideline most of the game. Texas State turned over the ball only once, on a Tim Gay fumble, and held the Cougars to 1 out of 13 on third-down conversions. Gay, besides the fumble, provided second-half energy as a change-of-pace back, with 52 yards on five carries. Wide receiver Isaiah Battle led the Bobcats’ receiving core with 75 yards on five receptions. Kicker Will Johnson made three out of four field goals, a career high of Johnson’s for field goals made in a game. Safety Xavier Daniels led the defense with six solo tackles. “As a defense, we decided to put the team on our back. It was all up to us,” cornerback Craig Mager said. “The offense put up a lot of points in the first half. We had to do our part too.” With the win, Texas State moves to 1-0 on the season. Texas State was a 36-point underdog coming into the game and despite the big win, Franchione knows there is still a lot of work to be done. “I came back here to try to put this program in good standing in FBS and to compete and be competitive,” Franchione said. “To get off to this kind of start right here is big. We still have a lot of good teams ahead of us. We found a way to get a win tonight but we still have a long way to go.” For the Cougars, the loss was only their second in the last two seasons, following a 13-1 2011 campaign. “We’re looking to just come back tomorrow and work on the things we need to fix,” Houston coach Tony Levine said. “And that’s across the board. So we’re going to make some decisions. Am I discouraged? Absolutely. Am I disappointed? Absolutely.” The Bobcats’ next task, the Red Raiders, comes to town after a resounding victory over Northwestern State over the weekend. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. and is expected to be a sellout, including in the temporary seating in the south end zone. “We’re just going out here and earning our respect from everybody,” Curry said. “It’s going to be really exciting to play Texas Tech at home. We’re really looking forward to it.”

Rutherford’s pass completion against Houston. That’s his best completion percentage since joining the team last season.

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Days since Houston scored as little as 13 points. It was a 31-13 loss to UCLA.

Shaun Rutherford, Marcus Curry and Tim Gay all had over 66 yards of rushing Saturday. The Bobcats haven’t had three rushers over 66 yards in a game in the last two seasons.

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