Keys: Texas State at Arkansas State

The Bobcats take on the Sun Belt elite in Jonesboro. A few keys and thoughts to a Bobcat win. 

Hello Damian Williams

In the 2017 Texas State spring game, Damian Williams announced his presence with authority. He turned the game into a track meet and fans expectations up to eleven. After two-thirds of the season, we wondered where springtime Damian Williams was. In the last two weeks, we've seen the Williams that held so much promise in the spring. In those two starts, Williams threw for 321 and 315 yards respectively with five touchdowns and two picks. The Bobcats need Williams' hot play to continue. 

Improvement Up Front

We're not willing to say that the Bobcat offensive front are the Hogs of Washington from the 1980's but Texas State's shifting and tweaking is paying off. Moving bell cow Aaron Brewer from center to guard and inserting freshman Reece Jordan at center is paying off. Plus freshman tackle Nic Foster is growing up. All five starters and every member of the two-deep is back next year, and nine are sophomores or freshman. Perhaps the growing pains up front are coming to an end. 

Tough Ask

Texas State travels play one of the most consistent Sun Belt teams in recent years. Blake Anderson's Arkansas State squad is on the cusp of another bowl game, the fourth in four years under Anderson. A win over the Bobcats puts A-State at six wins. The Red Wolves are among the best in the Belt on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Justice Hansen is responsible for 27 touchdown passes, good enough for eighth in the FBS. Texas State played winnable games against New Mexico State and Georgia State at home, beating Arkansas State on the road is probably too much to hope for. 

Notes and Numbers

Saturday’s game will mark just the fifth meeting ever between Arkansas State and Texas State.

The Red Wolves lead the all‐time series 3‐1.

Damian Williams also recorded career highs for completions (35), pass attempts (55) and touchdown passes (3) against the Georgia State. 

Texas State enters the Arkansas State having scored nearly half of their season total of 186 points during the last three games.

The Bobcats rank 31st nationally and third in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing defense.

Red Wolf Ja’Von Rolland‐Jones needs five sacks to break the NCAA FBS career record for sacks (44.0).

Twenty‐four of A‐State’s 47 scoring drives this season have taken less than two minutes (51%).

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