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Potential tuition freeze could increase costs

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By Taylor Tompkins Assistant News Editor The Texas State University System is looking into options for a guaranteed four-year tuition rate, according to administrators. According to an Oct. 1 Texas Tribune article, Gov. Rick Perry expressed his desire for universities to keep tuition at a set price for students’ first four years of college. Perry said he would like institutions to let students know how much their degrees would cost if they graduate in four, five or six years. Provost Eugene Bourgeois said a number of factors would go into guaranteeing the same tuition rate from a student’s freshman to senior year. “The first thing we need to do is explore the cost of a guaranteed fouryear tuition plan,” Bourgeois said. “We need to look at projecting the revenues that would be realized by the university for a four-year period and to project our expected costs over those same four years.” Some factors, such as GPA eligibility and credit hour completion, need to be examined before the university can move forward with planning, Bourgeois said. Brian McCall, Texas State University System chancellor, said administrators are working on various plans for a fixed four-year tuition, which will ultimately go to the Board of Regents for approval. “If we have a plan that works, they’ll pass it. If we don’t, they won’t,” McCall said. “We don’t want what we come up with to be high tuition. We will do whatever we need to do to come up with a plan that is as good for Texas State. “ Bourgeois said he hopes a guaranteed four-year tuition rate would encourage students to complete school in the recommended four years. However, McCall said he worries about students who take longer to graduate. “For the majority of students who don’t graduate in four years, the tuition will go up considerably,” McCall said. “I don’t want students to go to school for four years, not graduate and then not come back because the tuition is so much higher.” Bourgeois said although the university can come up with a four-year tuition plan, it would be difficult to completely guarantee those rates without corresponding assured funding from the state. The University of Texas-Dallas is the only school in the state with a set four-year tuition rate. UTD has the highest public university tuition in the state, according to the Texas Tribune. UTD Provost Hobson Wildenthal said the set four-year tuition rate has helped the university because decisions can be made based on what best serves the institution. Every UTD freshman class has had higher tuition rates than the last one ever since the implementation of the guaranteed tuition rates, Wildenthal said. Freshmen pay more than they would in a traditional payment plan. However, by the time freshmen are seniors, they are paying less. “The way we were able to do it has been an unqualified success,” Wildenthal said. “The biggest challenge is if costs go up, your governing board won’t let you raise tuition (on current students). You’ve got to increase tuition next year for the incoming students.” Bourgeois said inflation and expected cost increases in benefits and utilities would make the freshman year of a set four-year tuition plan cost more than a non-fixed first year. McCall said the university is crunching numbers to determine the feasibility of different options. “There are a lot of problems, but we are working through them,” McCall said.

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Departments discuss new doctoral programs By Monica Solis News Reporter Graduating with a Ph.D. from Texas State could soon be possible within more academic departments. Doctoral programs in the computer science, applied anthropology and public administration departments at Texas State are currently in different stages of the Ph.D. proposal process, which involves a preliminary authority request followed by a degree proposal. According to the Graduate College webpage on the Texas State website, 11 doctoral programs are currently offered within the College of Applied Arts, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Engineering and College of Health Professions. Debbie Thorne, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said the preliminary authority request examines the state of the job market in the field of the proposed doctoral program. Faculty qualifications in the field are considered and the current curriculum within the institution is examined. Once the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves the preliminary authority request, the degree proposal phase can begin. Thorne said during the degree proposal

phase, the coordinating board requires an institution to have a review team examine the infrastructure and qualifications of the department before faculty can write a degree proposal. The process of adding a doctoral program starts at the university level and works its way up to the Board of Regents and the coordinating board. Thorne said the preliminary authority request was approved for the Department of Computer Science about five to six years ago. Writing the full degree proposal for the department will commence soon and is projected to be complete in 2016. If the degree proposal is approved, the doctoral program will begin operation within two years. The preliminary authority request for doctoral programs in the public administration and applied anthropology departments will be complete by 2016, Thorne said. The College of Liberal Arts houses the public administration and anthropology departments, while the College of Science and Engineering is home to the department of computer science. Michael Hennessy, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the focus of doctoral programs at Texas State is in taking research and being able to apply it in ways that will make a difference. “We’re developing Ph.D. programs that

will produce people that will not just be teaching back at universities,” Hennessy said. “They will have other careers that will support the economy.” Thorne said public administration is something Texas State is well known for, and computer science is an in-demand field in today’s economy and job market. He said the forensic studies conducted by students at Freeman Ranch are an indicator of the success of the anthropology department. Elizabeth Erhart, chair of the Department of Anthropology, said it is important to avoid duplicating doctoral programs at other universities. She said there are currently no doctoral programs for applied anthropology in Texas. “It’s an open niche basically,” Erhart said. In some instances, graduates are required to have a Ph.D. to do certain types of work, Erhart said. Private companies hire archaeologists who have doctorate degrees to lead excavations. Ph.D.s are also preferred for people looking to go into the forensic anthropology fields. “Continuing to add doctoral programs is a signal to business and community leaders that Texas State is a true leader within that particular area,” Thorne said. “All (the departments) demonstrate excellence in terms of faculty and graduates.”

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Students would pay price for implementation of tuition lock

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ick Perry’s proposal for a guaranteed four-year tuition rate in public universities is well intentioned, but ultimately a poor solution for rising tuition rates. According to an Oct. 16 University Star article, the Texas State University System is researching the effects this plan would have on its institutions. University of Texas-Dallas is the only public university to have this plan in place and has seen increased tuition rates every year for incoming freshmen. Before putting this plan in place, Texas State would have to consider students who take time off from school for various reasons or transfer from community colleges or four-year universities. Another group to be considered are students who cannot or will not graduate in four years. The burden of tuition and fee increases should continue to be spread across all students. A system that would

lock a payment for one class and burden the next wave of incoming students with increased tuition and fee charges would be problematic for the university. This plan could be good for students who want to plan their financial budgets, but it could also be potentially detrimental for a student who gets locked at a higher tuition and fee rate. Students who take longer than four years to graduate by choice or through majors that require additional time would not benefit from Perry’s proposed tuition plan. The large gap between a student’s initial four-year locked tuition and any additional years of tuition would put a larger burden on students who may need a fifth or sixth year to complete their education. This plan could create a spiral effect for Texas State, which has continued to increase its enrollment every year. Freshmen could be discouraged from attending the university because of high tuition rates. With a decrease in enrollment, tuition would increase because of the small number of students paying to attend. If funding for the school decreases or costs acquired by

the university increase, the incoming freshmen will have a large increase in tuition in comparison to the class that entered before them. According to UTD Provost Hobson Wildenthal, students sitting next to each other in class can be paying drastically different amounts. Seniors would have different tuition fees than freshmen would for the same course, merely because they entered school in different years. The guaranteed tuition would put undue strain on the university’s students and administration even if it has well-meaning intentions.

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More online course options needed at Texas State

By Ravi Venkataraman Opinions Columnist


exas State should consider offering more online courses for students in an effort to prevent rapidly growing classes and costs. Web classes will be beneficial for the university to improve graduation rates and help support any enrollment increases in the coming years. For years, universities have offered online courses for distance learners and professionals to develop skills, such as Microsoft Excel proficiency and HTML programming, necessary for the everchanging workplace. Online courses should be more extensively used at Texas

State as a reliever for overfilled lecture halls or overhead costs. Within the past year, the advent of Coursera, OpenCourseWare and edX has changed the institutional approach to online learning. According to an Aug. 21 New York Times article, these sites with open online and advanced courses from leading universities engage more than a million students from around the world for free. The nature of free massive open online courses has attracted the attention of top-tier universities. According to a Sept. 19 Huffington Post article, Coursera is now partnered with 33 universities offering online classes. A couple Coursera-offered classes include Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics” and “A History of the World since 1300”. According to an Oct. 10 Your Houston News article, Rice University recently offered its first Coursera course, An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python. By Oct. 5, 54,000 students enrolled in it. According to an Aug. 22 Texas Tribune article, the University of Texas at

Austin is considering making Coursera and edX available to students as well. Online classes are not only an attractive alternative for universities, but they also serve to benefit students. Digital archives can reinforce lessons by allowing students to re-do modules with learning tailored to their own paces. However, this does not mean that online classes are necessarily an easier alternative. According to the Texas State Distance and Extended Learning webpage, Texas State provides a number of completely online class offerings in a handful of subjects, most notably in Health Information Management and Social Work-Administration/ Supervision Practice and Direct Practice masters programs. Other courses are available in a variety of disciplines, including English, history and psychology, all with different amounts of online classwork. Looking forward, affordability must be taken into consideration. In addition, more classes in various subjects should be offered and web infrastructure needs to be improved in order for online courses to be-

come a viable alternative for Texas State. According to an Oct. 7 Wall Street Journal article, Gov. Rick Perry recently updated his rally for state universities to provide affordable $10,000 degrees for students. According to the same article, Angelo State University has plans to offer degrees for $10,000 and integrate larger classes and online coursework to help achieve the lower price tag. This proves to be the most cost-effective method. According to a March 1 Texas Tribune article, the University of Texas’ 2009 fouryear graduation rate stands at 53 percent. Texas State’s rate is 30 percent. Being able to attend class whenever and wherever may improve four-year graduation rates with the large commuter and part-time student body at Texas State. Providing more online courses can increase graduation rates, improve retention and help lower the overall cost of higher education, though it is the student’s responsibility to keep up with classes. — Ravi Venkataraman is a creative writing masters student.

Bookstore prices must be better tailored to student budgets

By Alex Pernice Opinions Columnist


he University Bookstore needs to consider lowering its prices when gearing up for the next school year. Students should be encouraged to purchase items from the University Bookstore, especially when it is such a convenient place to go. The store provides almost everything a student might need, from spirit wear to computer software. However, it seems like students are paying premium fees in a place that should not be charging increased prices.

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For those who price the items at the University Bookstore, a student’s pocket book should be kept in mind. There is a wide range of economic demographics at Texas State. Many students cannot afford to shell out up to 30 percent higher prices for supplies on top of ever-increasing tuition payments. Possibly having a job outside of school or some sort of steady financial flow may help with this issue, especially for older students or those who are more acclimated to college life. However, freshmen and other students without a back-up on their bank account might be in a bit of a financial bind. It can be extremely frustrating to purchase required supplies at the University Bookstore that may seem very overpriced. Many people take issue with the bookstore because of its textbook pricing. Some students rely on the store for school-required materials, especially versions of textbooks that are specifically

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made for Texas State. When textbook buying and selling season comes around, it is not hard to notice the number of outside businesses that compete using potentially better bargains. Retailers like Textbook Solutions and Chegg try to offer cheaper supplies and better buy-back prices. Amazon is also a popular venue for textbook purchasing. The website offers affordable used textbook prices and older editions. Students may not receive those benefits at local stores, but they are definitely great options to consider. According to an Oct. 4 University Star article, some basic supplies at the University Bookstore are more costly because it cannot buy supplies in bulk. According to the same article, a four-ounce bottle of Elmer’s glue costs $.74 at Walmart and $2.99 at the University Bookstore. It states a pack of Dixon pencils costs $1.24 at Walmart and $2.79 at the bookstore.

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The price differences on a variety of products at the bookstore seem way too steep for students, especially when every dollar counts for class essentials. It seems hard to believe that Texas State’s bookstore cannot buy in bulk to charge a lower price for supplies. Crayons and pencils do not expire, and glue takes years to thicken up and require replacing. It would be smart for the buyers at the University Bookstore to consider stocking up on products. In the end, it could only help the students with potentially lower prices, which should be what the business is truly about in the long run. Consider your options, Bobcats. Until the bookstore gives a little more thought into how high your colored pencils and class textbooks are priced, it would be worth it to make the trek to a more costeffective store near you. —Alex Pernice is a mass communication sophomore.

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Broad spectrum of artists perform at Austin City Limits

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By Xander Peters Features Reporter A swarm of more than 70,000 concert-goers gathered on the grassy hills of Zilker Park Oct. 12 though the 14 for the 11th Austin City Limits Music Festival. Masses of people filled the streets throughout the three days of festivity this past weekend. A lineup of more than 100 different bands from various music eras and genres greeted the waves of people as they waited their turn to push through Zilker’s gates. Headlining acts for the weekend included AVICII and his pulse-thumping dance music, The Black Keys’ rockand-roll duo, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, guitar god Jack White, among others. The infamous Red Hot Chili Peppers performed the grand finale. This past weekend was an opportunity to catch some of the world’s most popular acts. “The feeling you got when you were a kid, that’s the same excitement and energy I get at a music festival,” said Landers Weakley, a concertgoer from Galveston. “It’s an addiction.” To some of the lesser-known musicians playing, ACL was a springboard for their careers. Isaac Flynn, Quiet Corral guitarist, said his experience playing at ACL was a dream come true for him and the rest of the band. “To see all of these great bands and upcoming bands is something to really be excited about,” he said. “It’s a privilege to be on the same lineup.” The festival kicked off Friday with a slew of solid performances, including those by the Texas band Asleep At the Wheel, Delta Spirit and its raspy, southern California rock roots and indie-folk transplant Ben Howard. The female duo Tegan and Sara was among this group, performing hits like “Walking With a Ghost” and “Feel It In My Bones.” Other big names to perform were Weezer, Florence and the Machine and M83, who opened the first night’s headliners, AVICII and The Black Keys. Saturday’s increasingly bad weather prompted attendees to take cover in the park’s tents. Artists like Dev, the Wheeler Brothers, The Whigs, Rufus Wainwright, Metric and Andrew Bird enjoyed the last bit of the overcast weather. There was a rain shower in the mid-afternoon as Big Gigantic and Band of Skulls played their sets. Band of Skulls was forced to stop its

performance momentarily because of the weather. “The rain bummed me out,” said Will Krehmeier, geography senior. “My wet feet put me in kind of a bad mood, but the next day I was more optimistic since I knew it wasn’t going to rain.” Jack White, Saturday night headliner, played songs from every corner of his rock and roll history. He played “Blunderbuss” from his solo career, “Steady, As She Goes” by the Raconteurs, and “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” from his time with the White Stripes. By noon on Sunday, the gloomy weather from the day before had subsided. The folk-rock infused Avett Brothers took the stage to perform songs off of their latest album, “The Carpenter,” “I and Love and You” and “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” from their 2009 album. Meanwhile, punk rock legends Iggy Pop and The Stooges played from the opposite end of Zilker Park, occasionally cursing at the audience in true punk fashion. Sunday night’s main show was the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anthony Kiedis of the Chili Peppers and the rest of band mates never seemed to miss a beat in the hour and 45 minutes they played. Their extended stretch of being musicians together was visible through the quality of their music and intensity between them and the crowd . Songs like “Californication,” “Suck My Kiss,” “Under the Bridge” and “By the Way” were part of their set list before they walked off stage by 10 p.m. They came right back on for a double-song encore to finish out Sunday night.





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The Avett Brothers perform Oct. 14 at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on the AMD Stage. Anthony Kiedis, Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist and frontman, closes the 11th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival Sunday night.


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Chi Beta Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha contest at the annual soapbox derby Oct. 12 in front of the Family Consmer Science building.

Rivers Cuomo and Brian Bell of Weezer perform Oct. 12 at the AMD Stage during the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. The group performed hits from their ‘90s catalog along with newer material.

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Bobcats’ effort falls short against Lady Techsters By Odus Evbagharu Sports Reporter The Bobcat soccer team got blanketed by Louisiana Tech University Friday in a 2-0 loss. The game marked the seventh time this season the team has gone through a match without a goal, and their third time in conference play to be shut out. “(Louisiana Tech) was organized well defensively and they played a game that was going to make us do extra to get in behind them,” said Coach Kat Conner. “In the second half, I told the girls that we were going to have to do the extra to win.” Texas State (5-10-1, 2-3) was unable to capitalize on opportunities throughout the first period as it outshot the Lady Techsters (12-1-3, 3-0-1) 6-2, and had three of its six shots on target. Freshman forward Lynsey Curry used her one-on-one moves to create a chance to score in the 30th minute, but the Louisiana Tech goalkeeper was able to dive and stop the shot. Moments later, sophomore midfielder Tori Hale was fouled outside the 18yard box, which presented an opportunity for senior defender Taylor Person to take a free kick. Person’s free kick deflected off of several Lady Techster defenders back to her. Person missed wide with her follow-up shot. In the second half of the game, Louisiana Tech was able to out shoot the Bobcats 5-3 and capitalized on two of those five shots. Lady Techster forward Rosie Lethbridge scored her fourth goal of the season in the 64th minute of the match. Her initial shot was blocked by junior goalie Natalie Gardini, but Lethbridge collected the rebound

and connected with the back of the net to give Louisiana Tech the 1-0 advantage. The Lady Techsters gathered the game sealer eight minutes later when their leading goal scorer Emily Brennan got her seventh goal of the season and finalized the match at 2-0. “It was our mistakes,” said senior defender Emma Staley after Friday’s loss. “I think overall we didn’t play a terrible game. The two mistakes we made, they scored off of it, and the chances we had, we couldn’t finish. So, I don’t think we played terrible. Pretty much the whole game was our mistakes, which gave the results of the match.” Texas State had a 9-7 advantage in shots taken and 7-2 in corner kicks attempted. However, the club had a disadvantage in shots on target Friday night, 6-4, and stalemated 4-4 on save count. Conner said the difference in the match was the Bobcats’ non-response to the call to fight back. “(Louisiana) Tech in the second half put pressure on us that gave away two costly goals,” Conner said. “They put pressure on us, and we didn’t fight back. That’s what cost us the game.” In the past two seasons of playing in the Southland Conference, the Bobcats had only been shut out four times in 18 games. This season while playing in the WAC conference the team has been shut out three times in five games. The club will try to turn it around, as it will face New Mexico State Friday night at the Bobcat Soccer Complex on Senior night, the team’s final home game.

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Texas State volleyball claimed a 3-2 victory at New Mexico State and were defeated 3-0 at San Jose State. By Jordan Cole Sports Reporter The Texas State volleyball team and Coach Karen Chisum got a potentially season-defining victory over New Mexico State Aggies Saturday with a five set comeback, but then lost in straight sets Monday night. The Aggies were atop the WAC before Saturday’s game began, and Monday’s loss put the Bobcats in a tie for fifth place with San Jose State in the WAC Conference standings. Texas State defeated the Spartans in San Marcos in their first meeting before losing in straight sets Monday. New Mexico State took the first set 26-24, as well as the third set 25-15. The Bobcats won the second set 25-17. Down two sets to one, Texas State needed extra time to pull out a 26-24 triumph. Momentum carried over to the fifth set for the Bobcats in a 15-11 clincher.

Chisum said the winning moment was one of the best in her 33-year Texas State career. “One of the best years in my career right now,” Chisum said. “These nine kids did an outstanding job tonight. I’ve never been as proud of a group as I am right now, because of what they have come back from.” Chisum said she was proud of the dispersed stat line and team-wide contribution. “Molly Ahrens did an amazing job tonight,” Chisum said. “Ashlee (Hilbun) provided great leadership in the huddle. Caleigh (McCorquodale) and Caylin (Mahoney) put (them) in a hole early,” Chisum said. “It was just an all around team effort. This one was big.” Junior middle blocker Hilbun finished the match with a career-high 16 kills and a .375 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Simms totaled 12 kills and three aces for the match. Sophomore setter Caylin Mahoney finished with a team-high 21 assists, while 17 were made by senior setter Caleigh McCorquodale. Sophomore middle blocker Ahrens said defense was a definite point of emphasis going into the game. “We’ve been working on blocking in practice,” Ahrens said. “We knew they had four big hitters and that defense was going to have to be our thing this game. I knew that blocking would be the biggest factor that would help our back row so I put all that I could into it.” Ahrens recorded a career and match high 11 blocks while five were added by Amari Deardorff. “Going into the game we knew we were underdogs,” Deardorff said. “We had nothing to lose and they had everything to lose and so we were really motivated to make it a good weekend.” Last Thursday in Denver, Colo., the Bobcats faced the University of Denver Pioneers and the Cats fell in four sets, losing 20-25 in the first and 17-25 in the second. They won the third 27-25 but dropped the fourth 25-20. Junior right side hitter Deardorff preseason WAC all-team and WAC player of the week honorable mentionee, gave all the credit to the Pioneers’ play. “They were a good team, all around, but I by no means think that we played our best ball,” Deardorff said.

Despite the loss, Deardorff said the match had value for the team. “We kind of learned that every game of the year in the WAC we are going to have to try for,” Deardorff said. “I think it was a good wakeup call for the entire team.” Ashlee Hilbun did a little bit of everything in the losing effort, recording a team-high 12 kills. She had a .417 hitting percentage, nine digs and a team high four blocks. Monday night, the Bobcats lost the first set 25-17, the second 25-20 and let the lead slip away in the third 25-23. Through the first two sets, Texas State’s

largest lead was 2-0 and the Spartans racked up 28 kills to the Bobcats’ 18. Texas State’s largest lead of the night came at the 18-14 mark of the third set, but a 9-3 run helped the Spartans take the lead for good. Junior right side hitter Amari Deardorff led the Bobcats with six kills and four different players led Texas State with two blocks in the losing effort. Texas State, now 10-11, returns to Strahan Friday night for the I-35 rivalry against UTSA.


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Texas State wins Homecoming game 38-7

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Shaun Rutherford, senior quarterback, runs in for a touchdown Oct. 13 against Idaho. The Bobcats won 38-7 in the Homecoming game. By Cameron Irvine Sports Editor The Bobcats rekindled their defensive effort Saturday night in a 38-7 victory, getting their first win in WAC play. The win came on Texas State’s football Homecoming night and was the first time the Bobcats allowed seven points or less since 2009’s Homecoming game against Stephen F. Austin. “It was a good total team win for us,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We got a chance to play a conference game, finally, after a year and a half. I don’t know how long it will last, but we sit on top for a while. It’s a nice feeling for our players and for our program.” The Bobcats’ 31-point triumph was their biggest margin of victory since the team defeated Texas Southern 52-18 in 2009. Texas State used 337 rushing yards, including 85 from quarterback Shaun Rutherford and 84 from running back Marcus Curry, to keep Idaho at one win on the season. “To be able to see our O-line get some push up front, to see Marcus back in action running the ball like we know he can is just a good experience for us,” Rutherford said. “We knew he had to push the ball and run the ball, knowing that we couldn’t be

one-dimensional anymore.” Texas State racked up 519 yards of offense on 66 plays, did not turn the ball over and scored on four of their five red zone attempts. Their only holdout was on the last possession of the game when Texas State ran the clock out. Rutherford completed 14 of 19 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Andy Erickson had 124 all-purpose yards, including a 31-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, which gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead. Erickson also had 76 punt return yards, which earned him WAC Player of the Week honors. “Andy Erickson is something special returning punts, no doubt about that,” Franchione said. “It’s not easy to do what he does back there.” However, Texas State did commit 11 penalties for 105 yards, which stalled drives, especially in the first half. The Bobcats took a seven point lead into halftime, 14-7, after two long runs by Curry were called back due to infractions. Coming into Saturday’s tilt with the Vandals, Texas State had scored just three points against FBS opponents in the second half. The Bobcats converted their first three drives to points in the third and early fourth quarter against the Vandals. “We knew that the responsibilities were going to

be more on the running backs this week, and we’re always looking for a challenge,” Curry said. “It was fun. Because we’ve been killing them with the pass these past few weeks, we weren’t seeing ten man fronts and nine man fronts. The safeties were (further) back and it created more holes, and the lines were getting a little more push.” Down 31-7, the Vandals were driving deep into Bobcat territory and had a chance to cut it to a two score game. That chance was thwarted by a Darryl Morris interception inside the Bobcats’ 20, and all but put the win in the Bobcats’ pocket. “I thank God, first and foremost,” Morris said. “It was just a great feeling. I’ve got to give all the credit to the guys up front. They played a great game, phenomenal. I don’t think the quarterback was ever sitting back there comfortably. It was just great defense all night. It’s a brand new season.” Following the interception, third string quarterback Duke DeLancellotti saw some action for the first time this season and ran in a touchdown from six yards out. It was his first official touchdown as a Bobcat, and his mother, who traveled all the way from California in hopes her son would play, got her wish and then some. “This is the only time his mom’s got to come see him play and to get him in the game was something we wanted to do,” Franchione said. “It was a read play and everyone on the sideline said, ‘Coach, he ain’t going to hand it off,’ and then when he scored on it—it just made me feel good for our guys. You love it when your team enjoys each other’s success. That’s when you have a team. That’s what we want to have, a team that plays together.” Texas State’s defense held Idaho to just 19 of 34 passing. The Vandals’ best rusher on the night, James Baker, had just 48 yards. Cornerback Craig Mager led the Bobcats with eight tackles. Morris and cornerback David Mims II had the interceptions on Idaho quarterback Dominique Blackman. The Bobcats have a bye next week. Twitter: @txstcamirvine

Carlos Valdez, Assistant Photo Editor

Marcus Curry, senior running back, runs the ball forward Oct. 13 against Idaho at Bobcat Stadium.

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